The People Say Project produces innovative live events and high quality digital content that focus on culture and money. We partner with universities, festivals, non-profits, businesses and venues to deliver thought-provoking conversations, diverse audiences, and stellar parties.
The People Say Project began in 2011 as a series of live interviews wtih artists of different generations to discuss the ways in which they earn a living in the city. Founded by Brian Boyles and Jarret Lofstead, the Project served as the centerpiece for Lofstead’s Digital Media courses at Loyola University in New Orleans. Over two semesters, students wrote articles about the Project’s featured artists, as well as other issues facing artists and the creative industries in Louisiana. Click here to view the student-developed content.
In all our work, we’re committed to maintaining diversity in our subjects and in our audiences by featuring artists of different generations and attracting robust crowds that reflected the full spectrum of our home city. Click here to view our videos.
To date, we’ve partnered successfully with several festivals, local businesses, and venues to bring the People Say Project to life. If you’re interested in bringing us to your organization, location, or class, get at us here. We look forward to making culture and money with you.
Conversations on Culture and Money 2011 to present: These talk show-style events feature Creative Director Brian Boyles interviewing artists about the way they earn their livings in Louisiana. Past guests include George Porter, Jr. & Dee-1, Truth Universal & Alex McMurray, Trixie Minx & Wild Cherry, Ayo Scott & Bunny Matthews, Brandan Odums & Glen Pitre, Anne Gisleson & Vera Warren-Williams, Andrew Vaught & John O’Neal. People Say continues to plan new events around these conversations.
Tennessee Williams Festival 2012 & 2013: Our partnership with the Tennessee Williams Festival produced “Literary Late Night” events focused on Lafcadio Hearn (2012) and Williams (2013). Stars of New Orleans’ burlesque, literary, and theater scenes brought new life to these masters through dance, staged readings, and inventive performances. Sell out crowds welcomed us at the New Orleans Healing Center and the Hotel Monteleone.
The New Orleans Film Festival 2011 & 2012: We joined the ever-expanding festival to produce two “Keeping Score” programs featuring musicians with appearances in festival films. Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall and Gabriel Velasco spoke with us at the Louisiana Humanities Center in 2011, and the US Mint hosted a conversation with Meschiya Lake and Louis Michot in 2012.
The District B Candidate Forums 2012: As residents and business owners in New Orleans’ District B, we wanted to hear from the candidates vying for our City Council seat. The twist: we asked each candidate to pull a shift in the Handsome Willy’s Patio Bar DJ booth. These were great nights for democracy as we partnered with the Independent Women’s Organization of New Orleans to register new voters. Watch our candidate interviews here and election night coverage here.
The Backyard Cut Session 2012 & 2013: Our summer parties feature veteran New Orleans DJ’s spinning vinyl under the stars. These events in July bring together our partners, associates, and neighbors for backyard fellowship.