July 10, 2015


The mission of The NOCCA Institute is to support the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, Louisiana’s arts conservatory for high school students. We invest in young artists, their mentors, and the community through programs that encourage educational and cultural innovation.


NOCCA is a professional arts training center that has been changing the lives of young people since 1974. NOCCA provides intensive instruction in Classical Music, Creative Writing, Culinary Arts, Dance, Drama, Jazz, Media Arts, Musical Theatre, Theatre Design, Vocal Music, Visual Arts, and academics to students from public, private, and parochial schools across Louisiana. Students attend via school day, after-school, and summer sessions. Admission to NOCCA is by audition, and there is no tuition.

The NOCCA Institute is NOCCA’s nonprofit partner, providing supplemental funding for NOCCA and advocacy for its world-class program. Some of the Institute’s more notable endeavors include: a comprehensive Financial Aid Program that funds students’ supplies and fees associated with important summer training programs across the country; an Artists-in-Residence Program that brings more than 100 professional visiting artists into NOCCA’s classrooms each year; the capital campaign for NOCCA’s current home and expansion projects along the Press Street corridor, including Press Street Station, 5 Press Gallery, and Press Street Gardens; and concert, gallery, and literary events for the general public. We also oversee rentals of the NOCCA campus, making it available to arts organizations, community groups, individuals, and corporations.

Proceeds from these and other NOCCA Institute initiatives support programs for students, faculty, and the community. To learn more about us, visit NOCCAInstitute.com.