Why ArtsNOLA


The need for ArtsNOLA

  • The decentralization of public education has shifted the arts education landscape in NOLA, placing the responsibility of individual schools to provide cultural arts education. ArtsNOLA has the expertise and experience to develop, implement, and facilitate school-based cultural education programming.
  • Very few schools offer any form of comprehensive school-based integrated music, cultural, or arts education as a component of students daily learning experience; ArtsNOLA accomplishes this by providing a series of school-based integrated cultural education modules that are in tangent with the school curriculum, and taught by cultural torch bearers.
  • Cultural arts education has become more of an extracurricular activity. Access to arts education and engagement in NOLA has become more a privilege for those who can afford it, ArtsNOLA provides the opportunity for more students to experience, be exposed to, and engage with the unique indigenous cultural communities and practices of the city.
  • Young people NEED cultural arts education, not as an intervention, but because access to arts education improves student outcomes and creates more positive learning environments, while having a profound impact on their holistic life success.
  • Healthy mind, healthy body; considering the high level of crime and violence in the city, in-school integrated arts education offers young people a multiplicity of skills development, transferable skills, enhanced academic engagement, mentor relationships, enhanced parental/family engagement, and lower likelihood of engaging in negative activities.

The greatest strength of ArtsNOLA is providing students participating in our unique arts-based programs opportunities to develop cognitive skills, creativity, and understanding of team work while learning and being engaged with the indigenous cultural practices of the city. In doing so, ArtsNOLA’s programming and activities will not only inspire students, but also teach them the value of learning and creating in ways that can have positive impact beyond the walls of a classroom, while learning to protect, preserve, and perpetuate New Orleans’ indigenous cultural practices.