After a season of writing workshops on the backside of the Fair Grounds, the Neighborhood Story Project has produced an exhibition of open letters written by jockeys, trainers, grooms, hotwalkers, veterinarians, and track employees.
With photographic portraits by Aubrey Edwards, the show gives a sustained look into a city within the city of New Orleans. Each year, more than 700 workers arrive in October and leave after the Louisiana Derby at the end of March. In this project, the writers have documented the joys and struggles of the horseracing world during the months in between. The exhibit includes handmade letter boxes with copies of the letters that can be taken home to read more about the months of work and planning that go into creating the racing glory that lasts less than two minutes.
Wednesday, March 23, 6-8 pm, in the paddock area of the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots (1751 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans), there will be an opening preview of "Letters from the Backside" featuring 17 open letters and posters representing all parts of the Fair Grounds Barn Area, known colloquially as “the Backside.” The reception will feature finger food and a cash bar with proceeds benefiting the Neighborhood Story Project. The exhibition will remain on view through Fair Grounds’ Closing Day, March 27.
Admission: Free and open to the public.
Event Time: 18:00:00