New Orleans, LA: On June 1, 2018, the Green Project, a New Orleans-based environmental nonprofit, announced the return of Salvations Gala + Auction to be held on Thursday, November 29, 2018. After a three-year hiatus, the annual fundraiser returns to a new venue—City Park’s Arbor Room at Popp Fountain. The evening gala will include a Salvage Design Competition, silent auction, locally crafted food, an open bar and live music. A Call for Designers to participate in the competition has also been announced.
An anchor of the event, the Salvage Design Competition calls upon local designers in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast to create furniture, lighting and functional art out of salvage materials. Juried by a team of professional designers, architects, artists and sustainability experts, the competition challenges both the designers and event patrons to discover that reclaimed goods have immense value. Finalists will be selected to showcase their work at the event and six pieces will be selected for top prizes, including Best in Show. All pieces selected for competition will be auctioned at Salvations Gala + Auction in support of the Green Project, less 30% of profits returning to the designers.
Nomita Joshi-Gupta—owner of interior design showroom Spruce, board member at the Green Project and Salvations Committee Chair—states: “Form and function make good design. Salvations challenges designers to incorporate sustainability. Form, function and sustainability together lead to exceptional design…mindful design for our future.”
As of Friday, June 1, 2018, applications to participate in the Salvage Furniture Competition have opened and the Green Project is actively seeking designers to participate. Detailed competition information and the application can be found at www.salvationsdesigns.com. Event details and ticket information will be released in the coming months.
About the Green Project: Serving New Orleans since 1994, the Green Project’s mission is to promote a culture of creative reuse by diverting usable materials from landfills and cultivating a respect for their value.
Through a salvage store, paint recycling program, environmental education and community empowerment, the Green Project diverts 40,000 gallons of paint from wetlands, reclaims 2 millions pounds of materials from the landfill and educates over 700 students and residents every year.