YLC continues its partnership with title sponsor, AOS Interior Environments, for the fall 2021 YLC series Wednesday at the Square. AOS is the largest provider of commercial furniture design assistance, manufactured interior construction, storage, and installation and service solutions in Louisiana and Mississippi, serving the region for more than 44 years.
“Music is one of the most profound forces that has shaped our city and defined who we are as a community,” said Shelby Russ, CEO of AOS Interior Environments. “After the events of the past year, equal access to music should never again be taken for granted. We are honored to support the Young Leadership Council in bringing free live music back to Lafayette Square. WATS not only plays an important economic role in reviving our downtown development district, it also plays an essential cultural role in reminding us what it means to love New Orleans.
YLC is preparing for this special four-week concert series with a renewed understanding of the economic impact it is having on the Poydras Street Corridor and New Orleans. “The past 16 months have shown us how essential YLC Wednesday at the Square is not only to YLC but also to economic activity in the central business district,” said Lindsey Jakiel Diulus, CEO of YLC. “For New Orleans to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to understand our impact on the local economy. Every Square attendee supports pop-up restaurants and food trucks, independent artists, designers and entrepreneurs, musicians and gig workers. Your participation in our beloved series financially supports the arts and culture that New Orleans is famous for.
The 2020 concert series was one of the first events affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The first concert of the season, featuring Flow Tribe with Dave Jordan and the NIA, was scheduled for the day after the city shutdowns. In a proactive measure, the JLC board and general manager canceled the remaining nine concerts due to mounting public health concerns. Wednesday’s cancellation of YLC in the square left the nonprofit, in addition to many musicians, gig workers, artists and restaurateurs, with a significant loss of revenue.
To coincide with its return to Lafayette Square, YLC unveiled a new dedicated website for YLC on Wednesday at The Square at www.ylcwats.com. You can follow the series on Facebook at @WednesdayAtTheSquare, and on Twitter and Instagram at @ylcwats. Information about JLC and its civic and community engagement projects is available at www.ylcnola.org