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Application to Master in Preservation Studies Program

Application to Master in Preservation Studies Program

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Application to Master in Preservation Studies Program April 2008
Application to Master in Preservation Studies Program April 2008

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Published by: Anthony on Apr 30, 2013
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I have been a resident of New Orleans for almost 17 years after moving from Memphis. I moved to NewOrleans for graduate school but Tulane University was the only school to which I applied because Iwanted to move to New Orleans. After a few family vacation trips to New Orleans in high school andcollege, I was charmed by the city.I had always been fascinated by the architecture here but usually only thought about the more wellknow architecture in the French Quarter, along St. Charles Avenue, shotgun houses, etc. After Katina Ihave become more aware of so many other types of architecture in many different parts of the city –corner stores, bars and lounges, schools designed by EA Christy, etc. While biking around town, I oftentake pictures of wonderful buildings in interesting neighborhoods. Unfortunately, much that I see is indecay due to flood damage, fire, neglect, cat’s claws, etc.I have also realized that the importance of preserving buildings also helps to preserve neighborhoodswhich helps to preserve the New Orleans culture. Unique New Orleans traditions such as jazz funerals,second lines, and Mardi Gras Indians have strong ties to the neighborhood’s community. The peoplethat participate in these traditions need to be able to come back to the neighborhoods that keep thetraditions alive.Not only do historic buildings help preserve beautiful or unique architecture or provide space forresidences or businesses, the buildings also often serve as canvas of art. Many corner stores around thecity have wonderful folk art as advertising, much of it created by artist Lester Carey. His unique styleincorporates different lettering styles and often a painting of a po boy. I have created a Flickr group tocollect his work that most people don’t give a second thought, SPALC - The Society to Preserve the Art of Lester Carey (http://www.flickr.com/groups/the_art_of_lester_carey).In addition to photography (digital and film), I am interested in several other artistic avenues. Theseinclude print making - linoleum block printing and screen printing. Also I am a member of the SkeletonKrewe – a group that masks for Mardi Gras in large papier mache skulls. Street art – stencils, stickers,wheatpastes, etc. – is another past time. One project that I currently have going on is the GERN can setwhich I pay tribute the New Orleans businesses that are gone (that ain’t dere no more).I am a full time employee of Tulane at the Howard-Tilton Library, so I am applying for the part timeprogram. Currently I am not familiar with a lot of the job opportunities that an MPS degree would offer,but I am interested in seeing what I can do to help rebuild and preserve my home of New Orleans.Anthony DelRosario

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