New Orleans Premier Bilingual Magazine
We had heard about it, but it seemed so far and so unlikely it was going to affect us in the same way, yet COVID-19 arrived in the United States with the same devastating force it ravaged the populations of China and Italy. Once again, our beloved city is receiving national attention due to a crisis. This nondiscriminatory virus has impacted the health of many individuals around us, but the measures we have taken to prevent its rapid spread will impact the economy of so many families in the country, and certainly in our region.
One of the reality checkpoints for me was the closure of the schools. Going into my children’s school at a designated day and time to pick up their belongings was such a surreal experience. The disruption of life as we know it has been an intense lesson that I don’t believe we were ready to learn.
April is VIVA NOLA Magazine’s 24 issue, which marks our 2-year anniversary. Our plans to celebrate our second year and the events we were planning to launch for the 2-year mark have been postponed indefinitely, just as major events we love had to find a new date. Like many of you, we are adapting to the changes and shifting the way in which we do business to better serve our clients and to expand our services in an emergency-proof way. We have been diligent in becoming that link that connects our communities, and we continue to fulfil our mission of communicating relevant information to our bilingual audience. Our digital services have been our strongest asset during this time. Vivanolamag.com has gotten incredible traffic and our social media has been invaluable.
After weighing in on the situation, we decided to do a digital-only magazine for April 2020, as we anticipate people will remain at home for most of the month. We are committed to maintaining our audience reach by increasing our digital footprint, which will also be beneficial to our advertisers. We understand the strains businesses are feeling, and as a small business ourselves, we deal with our own challenges, but we have chosen to focus on gratefulness and on putting our resources and skills to serve the community and our supporters in the best possible ways. On this issue, you will find the story of one of my favorite New Orleans artists Brandan “BMike” Odums. His exhibition at the Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University was on view through May, and hopefully, it will be extended after we flatten the Coronavirus curve because it truly is a sight to be seen by all. We have included a list of economic resources in response to COVID-19 as well as helpful tips for wellness and entertainment during social distancing. We did not forget about Jesus and have included Easter content too. We are missing our calendar of events, but we are hopeful that we have a very busy one for months to come so that we can reactivate the economy and go back to being the fun wonderful city that we are!
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