Big Easy Bingo! is the result of fun and games between a mother and son. The Spring of 2017 was filled with Bingo...Car Bingo, Consonants Bingo, Scratch-off Bingo. Then came the dream. The young man shared his dream of playing Jazz Fest Bingo and winning with horse. Both responded with " Let's make a Jazz Fest Bingo card". This fun and engaging game turned out to be an opportunity to connect with family friends, and New Orleans culture.
Big Easy Bingo! Field Trips began as an interest to add content to the son's school field trips. Naturally it started with a bingo card that created opportunities to engage with the New Orleans community and its' culture bearers in a meaningful, educational, and fun way. Connecting with community, building sustainable experiences, educating one another. BINGO!
The excitement of creating meaningful engagements for the son's class, the joy of hearing a young student shout out "That was a fun field trip!" inspired more field trips. There was a challenge. Funding. Real, sustainable, valuable connections requires funding. Now the mother and father's combined 50 years of experience in creating and coordinating events in New Orleans is utilized to provide uniquely engaging group tours that fund school field trips.
BIG EASY BINGO! FIELD TRIPS AND TOURS
Leslie Compton Johnson jokingly refers to herself as a naturalized New Orleanian. She has almost 30 years experience designing, budgeting, and coordinating events and cultural experiences in New Orleans for such organizations as New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Pete Fountain Productions/Bravo Special Events, and HBO'S Treme. In addition, she connects with community through volunteering. She has served on boards and committees for Parenting Center at Children's Hospital, NORDC, Rally for New Orleans Public Schools and more.
Bruce N. Johnson is naturally New Orleans, born a Charity Hospital baby and growing up Uptown since 1959. Bruce is still growing up. He continues to grow and witness in the community through his youth program Uptown Life! (established 1979). in addition, he manages security and street patrol for Big Easy Bingo! Field Trips and Tours.
The more he engages, the more he grows. He's building his own personal connection with the community and culture. The experience is magnified when he's with classmates and friends. He is an active participant in development and testing of Big Easy Bingo! Field Trips and Tours.