The Dutch Alley Artist’s Co-op is just what it says: a true cooperative gallery run by the artists who craft the beautiful art inside. Art from no less than 25 artists resides within the gallery including paintings, drawings, prints, textiles, jewelry, paper art (handmade cards and stationary), glass art, woodwork, ceramics, and more. With continually changing artwork, DAAC always has something new, and certainly has something for just about everyone.
Dutch Alley itself is a lesser-known area named for the late Mayor Ernest Nathan “Dutch” Morial who held the post in the 1980s. He held the distinctions of being the first African American to receive a law degree at Louisiana State University, and was our city’s first African American mayor. During his law years, he worked to end segregation through law. During his mayoral years, he was widely considered one of our most accomplished politicians. Although he came across as brash and ruthless at times, he was very successful in expanding the city’s workforce, obtaining the Urban Development Action Grant which funded several French Quarter efforts, expand tourism, and oversaw a growth in the city’s business and industry.
Open 7 days a week, the Co-op is located in the French Market at 912 North Peters Street. If you walk upriver from Cafe du Monde, make a right at Dumaine Street. You’ll come to a two-story stucco building with blue entryways and a red roof. This shady lane is Dutch Alley, and the Artist’s Co-op is on the right. You’ll often find live music in this area during the warm months, and maybe even some food vendors. Statues are in residence up and down this pedestrian way, and the entire area is a charming escape from the traffic just one road over.
You can reach the French Market by riding the St. Charles Avenue Streetcar (with a stop just outside Avenue Inn’s front door) to Canal Street. From here, it is just a short walk to the French Market and The Dutch Alley Artist’s Co-op.