Katrina Outreach Events

April 2, 6 to 8:30 p.m. – How Katrina Changed Our Look.  Coast architects and others discuss how Katrina impacted our local architecture and areas of the community. This program will be presented by the American Institute of Architects as a “PechaKucha Night,” in which each architect uses 20 slides and in 20 seconds discusses their work, limiting each presentation to six minutes and 40 seconds. Participants include architects John Anderson, Allison Anderson and David Perks. Others involved: Holly Gibbs, Hands of Mississippi; Kevin O’Brien, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art; Sonja Gillis, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center; Steve Phillips, WLOX; Corey Christy, Walter Anderson Museum of Art; Dr. Janice Johnson, Biloxi Public Schools; Brandon Boudreaux,  Swetman Security;  Christene Brice, Harrison County Election Commission District 4, and  Romy Simpson, Negrotto’s Gallery.

April 26, 2 p.m. – World premiere of  “Katrina +10,” Saenger Theater, Biloxi. See the world premiere of a new documentary that tells the story of the recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Featuring interviews with community leaders from across the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

May 16, 8 to 10 a.m. – Biloxi Bay Bridge Walk. Celebrating MDOT’s rebuilding of our bridges. Coast residents will be invited to walk the Biloxi Bay Bridge together. No registration fee, but walkers are encouraged to bring canned food donations for hands across America food bank. First 50 walkers will receive commemorative T-shirt.

May 16, 2:00 to 4 p.m. – Coast Artist Celebration. A reception to celebrate the post-Katrina revival of the arts and artists along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Local artists will be invited to attend and museum admission will be free to the public during this event.

May 28, 5:30 to 7 p.m. – Building Blocks, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. As the grand finale of the city’s Preservation in May series, the Ohr-O’Keefe will host a showing of “Building Blocks,” a Mississippi Department of Archives and History documentary about the post-Katrina rebuilding of historic properties along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

May 29, 5 to 7:30 p.m. – Opening reception for Marlin Miller Exhibit

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. See the latest creations from the man who created the majority of the Katrina sculpture trail along U.S. 90 in Biloxi and neighboring cities. The free exhibition of Miller’s work will run from May 29 through Sept. 12 in the welcome center at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art.

May 31, 2 p.m. – An afternoon with the Hurricane Hunters, Saenger Theater. The world-renowned Hurricane Hunters, who regularly fly from Keesler Air Force Base into hurricanes and other tropical weather disturbances to obtain real-time data, will explain their harrowing missions and the importance to storm forecasting. Presentation will include video clips and first-person accounts, plus an autograph session.

June 7-12, along U.S. 90 in Biloxi – The Katrina Sculpture Trail in Biloxi, a collection of carved in-place oak trees that were killed in Hurricane Katrina, has gained international acclaim for its ingenuity. Sculptor Marlin Miller, who carved the majority of the three-dozen sculptures along U.S. 90, will lead an army of volunteers in a weeklong project to refurbish nine-year-old works of art in Biloxi.

July 12, Time 4 p.m. – Hurricane Katrina Tribute Concert, performed by Magnolia Chamber Orchestra, at the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art welcome center.

June 25, 6 to 8:30 p.m. – Encore: How Katrina Changed Our Look. Part 2   Coast architects discuss how Katrina impacted our local architecture and showcase their successful efforts to restore it.

August  2,  2 p.m. – Gilich, Holloway to Headline Free Program  – The Ohr-O’Keefe’s “Katrina +10″ exhibition will offer a free, bonus double feature this Sunday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m, starring Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and former Mayor A.J. Holloway.

Saturday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m. (tentative time) — 10th annual Katrina memorial observance, MGM Park – On the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a community-wide Katrina memorial service will be conducted at the 6,000-seat MGM Park in downtown Biloxi.


Events still in the works:

TBD – World premiere of “Katrina +10: You’ve seen the storm. Now see the recovery,” Saenger Theater.

TBD – Student artwork and poetry contests.

TBD — World premiere of Mississippi Public Broadcasting documentary about the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast, Saenger Theater.