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Newcomb Alumna creates book about Mardi Gras Marching Krewes

Feb 04, 2021

Echo Olander (NC '81) has joined forces with local photographers and co-producer Yoni Goldstein to create a book highlighting the magic of Mardi Gras marching krewes. I Wanna Do That! is a 9” x 11” hardcover book with 272 pages and 240 color-rich photographs that capture what Mardi Gras historian Arthur Hardy calls, “the most significant movement in Mardi Gras in decades.” 

After graduating from Newcomb with a BA in English, Echo traveled to Paris and then New York City, where she worked for the New York State Council on the Arts. After six years, she returned to New Orleans to work with arts education organizations including the New Orleans Arts Council.

Echo went on to found KID smART, a nationally-lauded organization that engages children and educators in dynamic, creative, and relevant learning through the arts. During her 19 years at KID smART, the organization grew to serve more than 50,000 students and thousands of teachers through arts programming and professional development programming for teachers.

"New Orleans is a creative playground: its people support the process of finding something creative, and within that is a delight to share, both for the creator and the audience – of whatever size." Echo said. "The marching krewes epitomize that generosity of spirit and ebullience. In a two dimensional format, I Wanna Do That! captures that lightning to share it with the world!"


Echo Olander (left) with friends Elizabeth Miller and Leila Eaton who met on the third floor of Josephine Louise House.