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JAMNOLA: 20 Photos & Videos That Showcase Local Artists in Immersive New Pop-Up Experience

In a time of doom and gloom in our city, we need to celebrate the joy that makes up New Orleans. That’s why one immersive new pop up in the city is opening at the perfect time. 

Welcome to JAMNOLA, a 5,400-square-feet of pure NOLA joy, celebrating the iconic art, music, food, and theatrics of the city through the eyes of 20 local lead artists.
This passion project was founded by Jonny Liss and Chad Smith in creative partnership with Where Y’Art, a New Orleans-based artist collective that served as curator, artistic director and creative partner of the experience. Local legend George Porter, Jr. curated the music. A percentage of JAMNOLA’s proceeds will be donated back to New Orleans charity partners Trombone Shorty Foundation and Feed the
Second Line.

What exactly is JAMNOLA? 

Blinged-out umbrellas, giant crawfish, feather chandeliers, a sequined gator, and a virtual costume closet—these are just a few of the quirky, unexpected, interactive exhibits guests will soon be able to explore at JAMNOLA, New Orleans’ first experiential pop-up that takes audiences of all ages on a topsy-turvy stroll through the cultural gems that make the city so special. New Orleans is arguably the city in the U.S. most associated with joy, art, and music, which was the catalyst for two local Bywater residents to team up with Where Y’Art to create their love letter to New Orleans: JAMNOLA (Joy-Art-Music New Orleans). JAMNOLA’s exhibits will adhere to and go beyond all local and state health and safety guidelines.

JAMNOLA features 12 rooms for guests to explore. Most rooms feature photo opportunities, encouraging guests to share their experiences with friends on social media.

“We wanted to create a tribute to the city’s people and invest in the culture. Teaming with Where Y’Art is what made it come together. JAMNOLA is a love letter to New Orleans—her joy, her beauty and grit, her resilience. We can’t wait to share it with tourists and especially locals. The experience is really indescribable.” – Jonny Liss, JAMNOLA co-founder.

Scheduling out your JAM visit

Admission will initially be limited to semi-private and private tours. The exhibits have been redesigned to limit contact without losing their original immersive and experiential moments. Learn more about JAMNOLA’s health and safety commitment.

Tickets are $29.00 and can be purchased online at JAMNOLA.com for tours starting August 1st  with special discounts available to Students, Military, and Orleans Parish residents on Mondays and Wednesdays. Starting August 1st, JAMNOLA’s hours of operation are Sunday-Monday and Wednesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; closed on Tuesdays. This fantastical guided storyteller experience takes approximately 60 minutes to complete

20 photos & videos that show the immersive experience of JAM

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Blinged-out umbrellas, giant crawfish, feather chandeliers, a sequined gator, and a virtual costume closet…Welcome to @jam.nola 🎨🎭⁣ ⁣ New Orleans’ first experiential pop-up that takes audiences of all ages on a topsy-turvy stroll through the cultural gems that make the city so special. JAMNOLA officially OPENS its doors tomorrow. 🎉⁣ ⁣ Swipe right & head to the link our bio to see 20 photos & videos that showcase local artists in immersive new pop-Up experience. You can also buy YOUR tickets as well! 🎨⁣ ⁣ Shot by Kelsey James (@livelovekelsey) for River Beats New Orleans 🙏⁣ ⁣ #JAMNOLA #Onetimeinnola #VisitNeworleans #ShowMeYourNola #FollowYourNOLA #NewOrleansArt #NewOrleansartists #NolaArt #onetimeinneworleans #VisitNOLA #nolanewsgram #NewOrleansCulture

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🎉Opening Safely August 1st…..#NOLAStyle…. And we’re following #Phase1 guidelines. See details about our policies below: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Timed ticket reservations only⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 100% Cashless ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Only 6 guests allowed in at a time⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sanitizing stations throughout the space⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Disinfecting between tours⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Temp check before entering⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Fun masks required (& sold in the gift shop y’all!)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #followyournola #neworleans #itsyournola #onlylouisiana #igersnola #gonola #504 #nolalove #nolastrong #neworleans #neworleanslife #showmeyournola #nolaculture #nolaartist #nolaart #jamnola #streetart #artistsoninstagram #popup #maskupnola #maskup #socialdistance #poboys #nolaeater #neworleansmusic #6feetapartyall

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We lost count, how many recycled Mardi Gras beads do you see? and did we mention the beads are all from @arcgno. And did we mention the custom walls are Bead Obession by FlavorPaper @chadsmith110 @robindurandart @flavorpaper #AndTheBeadGoesOn⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #followyournola #neworleans #itsyournola #onlylouisiana #igersnola #gonola #504 #nolalove #nolastrong #neworleans #neworleanslife #showmeyournola #nolaculture #nolaartist #nolaart #jamnola #streetart #artistsoninstagram #mardigrasbeads #popup #mardigras

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Exciting visit to the ultra vivid, brand new JAMNOLA pop-up museum #joy #art #music #weezy #neworleans #jamnola

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I am the lorax, I speak for the trees, and the trees say “can you fucking not”

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It has been an absolutely immaculate weekend. 💛🌻

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Last weekend, we had the pleasure of participating in this perfectly presented pop-up play palace 🙏🏽 @jam.nola what a curation! A love letter to New Orleans in miniature Meow Wolf form.. So many talented artists. Big thanks to @glass_eyezz for hooking us up w the preview! /// Interactive whilst remaining safe & socially distanced. Opening to the public Aug 1! It’s a vibe, y’all 👏🏽 go 👏🏽 peep 👏🏽 it 👏🏽 – Discount for LA residents! 🎭🥁🎷🎨🎟⚜️ IG only allows 10 photos & I just gave myself a headache trying to choose so go see for yourself! Full o’ gems 💎 #jamnola #itsaboutNewOrleans #culturalcollection #YYR

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