Steve Gleason Teams Up with Adobe for Art Project

NEW ORLEANS – New Orleans Saints legend Steve Gleason has joined forces with software manufacturer Adobe to create an AI-generated art project. Last week, Gleason’s “Resilient Spirit” art show debuted at Nieux Society, a creative collective based at 2040 St. Charles Avenue.

In 2011, three years after his NFL retirement, Gleason was diagnosed with ALS, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Through the Team Gleason Foundation, he’s been one of the world’s most visible advocates working to  improve life for people living with the disease and those who care for them. 

“Resilient Spirit” is the latest example of his work. It’s a series of artworks that “visually explores the cross section between determination, limitation and passion,” as described by a Nieux Society spokesperson. The first collection was created by Gleason using Adobe Firefly, a generative AI tool. 

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“I can see this technology helping so many,” Gleason said in a press release. “This is a conduit for self-expression, providing opportunities for creation and contribution to countless individuals who previously felt these possibilities were beyond reach. I hope the ‘Resilient Spirit’ collection inspires others to use new tools to make their visions become reality.”

“This initiative stems from our shared commitment to empower through education and make cutting-edge technologies like Adobe Firefly accessible to all,” Wood said. “We aim to unlock dormant creative potential, sparking innovation and positive change.”

The Nieux Society, which aims to tap the power of new technologies to serve New Orleans’ creative communities, contributed $15,000 to the project. 

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“We are thrilled to support this groundbreaking project led by a valued member of our collective,” said Roussel, the society’s co-founder and managing partner. “Steve Gleason is a true pioneer, embodying our vision for pushing the boundaries of creativity and innovation. Collectively, we seek to inspire a creative renaissance with a nexus in New Orleans.”

“The debut of Steve’s artwork with the ‘Resilient Spirit’ demonstrates that creative expression is accessible to everyone,” said David Darragh, managing director of the Gleason Foundation. “We eagerly await seeing the many artistic voices who now have the opportunity to share their visions and messages.”

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