StJoan100

Logo for the 100th anniversary of the canonization of St. Joan of Arc

The #StJoan100 Task Force (started by the Joan of Arc Project / Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc) is a community organization coordinating events across the community and throughout the year 2020 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the canonization of New Orleans’ unofficial patron saint, Joan of Arc.  Task force meeting dates are listed on the calendar and are open to the public. Sign up to get involved. Here are some projects and events in the works:

  • January 6, 2020: The annual Joan of Arc Parade will take place on Joan’s birthday and Twelfth Night as usual.  To celebrate the 100th, special features of the parade will include:
    • 100 Angels portrayed by young people of metro New Orleans ages 16-19, the age Joan was when she was a leader (free for the first 100 to sign up)
    • A new St. Joan statue to be carried in classic medieval saint procession style on a litter with a canopy
    • One-year-only 100th anniversary doubloons and playing cards.
  • February 7 and 9: The New Orleans Opera will produce Tchaikovsky’s Joan of Arc opera.
  • All year: T-shirts with the above 100th logo. We’d like to partner with a retailer to make these available to the public city wide. 
  • May 16: The actual date of the canonization ceremony
  • May 30: The feast day (death day) of St. Joan of Arc
    • Late May: in progress — a public ecumenical celebration prayer service honoring Joan. Wanted: speakers, performers, musicians, banners (get involved)
  • September: Salon de Jeanne d’Arc with a medieval and canonization theme
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 1: All Saints Day Celebration
    • Plans are developing for a second-line style celebration of multiple saints that have local connections, such as Saint Katherine Drexel (founder of Xavier University) and Mother Henriette DeLille.  The community is invited to a planning meeting November 13, 2019, 7-8:30 p.m. at Xavier University, to build partnerships for a Nov. 2020 event. Get involved

Sometime during the year 2020, dates not set

    • Juried Art Show
      • Chair: Amy Kirk Duvoisin
      • Consultants: Artists Saegan Swanson and Jacob Martin
      • Issue a call for art for a juried exhibition
      • Categories for professional adult artists and for children and students
      • Would like to find a major gallery or museum partner
      • Get involved
    • 100 Images of Joan Social Media campaign
      • Submit images through the website
      • We’d especially like to collect photos of artwork depicting Joan in area churches and public spaces, so if you know of any places with Joan statues, stained glass or other art, snap a photo and submit it
      • Other categories: Joan art by local artists, photographs of people costumed as Joan, Joan art displayed in New Orleans homes, Joan throws produced by the krewe
  • 100 Days of Prayer Social Media campaign