Projects & Partnerships

Building on the commitment to civic values of Longue Vue founders Edith and Edgar Stern, the Department of Community Initiatives is dedicated to landscape revitalization, environmental sustainability, artistic promotion, and community engagement. 

Through programming and project development, both at Longue Vue and in the community, the Department of Community Initiatives strives to cultivate a deep sense of place and to promote social equity and environmental stewardship.

Examples of projects and programs that support our objectives include the following:

  • Louisiana Iris Day: Celebrating the Legacy of  Caroline Dormon
  • the Catherine Brown Memorial Lecture series
  • Garden builds at Mary Dora Coghill Elementary School
  • Gentilly Rainwater Harvesting Program
  • nativeNOW Native Plants Program
  • Sunday Salon—an ongoing public conversation touching on the intersection of arts, culture and the environment
  • Jane's Walk and PARK(ing) Day--two global programs to promote local urban ecology
  • Hollygrove GreenLine
  • “The Nature of Improvisation: Plants + Food + Jazz” featuring topiary artist Pearl Fryar, chef Leah Chase and musician Kidd Jordan at Dillard University
  • the Pontchartrain Park Photography Project
  • “ReTree Pontilly” with Hike for KaTREEna



In 2006, Longue Vue became an active member of the Pontilly Disaster Collaborative (PDC), a non-profit organization formed to support the restoration and revitalization of Pontchartrain Park and Gentilly Woods (collectively called Pontilly).  Longue Vue's commitment has been focused on revitalizing Pontilly's landscapes in ways that are historically sensitive, sustainable, beautiful, and connected to the ecology of southeastern Louisiana.

Several significant community-driven projects have come out of this partnership:


For detailed information about Longue Vue's community projects and partnerships, contact Hilairie Schackai, Director of Community Initiatives and Education, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 504.293.4726.