The Seventh Ward of New Orleans is home to a new hub for New Orleans art, culture, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
The idea for redevelopment of the vacant properties on Bayou Road and Columbus Street came when community leaders identified the need for a campus focused on cultural arts education in the city. In 2011, the closed St Rose de Lima Church was selected as the site and later named the Bayou Treme Center.
Fast forward a few years and Alembic Community Development and Rose Community Development Corporation began working together on the project both in terms of decision making and economics. The organizations purchased the church from the Archdiocese in 2014 and construction began in July 2017.
Following input by the community, the campus, which also includes adjacent former schoolhouses, was renamed the Rose Collaborative.
The Rose Collaborative was financed by Reinvestment Fund, which specializes in low-income communities.
In total, the campus spans 47,300 square feet and encompasses several arts and cultural organizations including the Waldorf Schools of New Orleans, Southern Rep Theater, a community business incubator from Fund 17, non-profits Operation Spark and Brothers Empowered to Teach, and others.
To learn more about the history of the campus and its current tenants, visit rosecollaborative.com.