Saturday, April 23, 2011

Announcing the Salon de Jeanne! Free and Open to the Public

Christine de Pizan or de Pisan (Italian-born French writer, 1364–c.1430).


May 14, 2011 12 noon to 6 p.m. @ The Bienville House Hotel

320 Decatur Street New Orleans, LA 70116

The Joan of Arc Project’s second annual full day conference about Joan of Arc


12:00-12:45 p.m. “The Maid of New Orleans”: Why and how we honor Joan in NOLA. A brief but thorough and evocative Powerpoint presentation about Joan of Arc's life created by California-based krewe member/French teacher Joan Fox begins this talk, followed by a discussion about The Joan of Arc Parade in New Orleans, its relationship to the Orleans, France, parade; and how the project continues to evolve, New Orleans style. Panelists: Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc founding member Lil Pinney, Francophile and local French teacher at Louise S. McGehee School; Lilian Cadet, native Burgundian and recently transplanted New Orleanian serving as Executive Director of Alliance Francaise New Orleans; and Amy Kirk Duvoisin, founder of the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc/The Joan of Arc Project.

1-1:45 p.m. Being Joan of Arc: A discussion about what it's like "playing" Joan
in the Joan of Arc Parade
and its life-altering results. Blair Davis, a senior at Isadore Newman, talks about being selected as the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc’s first Maid of Honor in 2010 and how, among other things, it contributed to her being awarded a merit scholarship. She is joined by the parade’s original Joan of Arc, Caye Mitchell, a seasoned parade horsewoman and therapeutic riding instructor who mentors our annual Maids of Honor and continues to lead the parade each year. Both Blair and Caye knew little about Joan before joining the parade; now they both enjoy speaking about and encouraging others to find their “inner Joan”. Moderated by parade founder Amy Kirk Duvoisin.

2-2:45 p.m. Joanie on the Pony: How the Joan of Arc statue came to be. Local acclaimed photographer Ashley Merlin, author of Statuesque New Orleans, presents the story of our favorite local statue and how she came to be one of the French Quarter—and the City’s—most beloved icons. Ms. Merlin will sign copies of her book after her talk. Part of the proceeds from each book goes to maintain and refurbish two centuries of New Orleans sculpture.

3-3:45 p.m. Joan's Times: Medieval Culture. Dr. John T. Sebastian, Associate Professor of Medieval Literature and Director of Medieval Studies at Loyola University New Orleans, contextualizes Joan’s accomplishments, focussing on a poem by Joan’s contemporary, female poet Christine de Pizan, who celebrated Joan in a eulogistic poem “Le Ditie de Jehanne d’Arc”.

4-6 p.m. Medieval costume presentation and mini-workshop with Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc costume designer Antoinette de Alteriis. See samples of costumes and throws from the past three parades, understand what makes an outfit “medieval” versus “Renaissance”, and learn how you can make your own medieval costume with new material—or stuff you already have in your closet! Geared especially for those interested in joining the Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc but intimidated by the seemingly daunting task of handmade costumes and throws. Questions about this workshop can be directed to Antoinette at