March 23: Join The NOCCA Institute for our annual ART&SOUL gala

Home is where the art is. For so many artists in New Orleans, that first home was the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Not only does NOCCA provide an environment to nurture budding painters, pianists, and novelists, NOCCA’s Academic Studio also offers young artists an excellent academic education.

On Saturday, March 23, 2019, you can show your love for this amazing school at The NOCCA Institute’s annual ART&SOUL gala!

The fun kicks off at 6pm with a patron party sponsored by Ajax Holdings. In addition to outstanding food and drink from some of our city’s best restaurants and chefs, patrons will enjoy a special performance by NOCCA alumni Alexis & The Samurai. They’ll also be able to place early bids in our art-filled silent auction.

ART&SOUL continues with the gala at 7:30pm, sponsored by The Meraux Foundation. Bands featuring NOCCA alumni like Sasha Masakowski Family Quartet and Preservation Hall Jazz Band will get guests on their feet, and there will be a live auction at 9:45pm. Scroll down to learn more about this year’s ART&SOUL gala. Tickets start at just $50–reserve yours at NOCCAInstitute.com/artandsoul!


JUST THE FACTS

ART&SOUL

Hosted by The NOCCA Institute
Saturday, March 23, 2019
NOCCA, 5 Homer Plessy Way (enter at Press Street Station)
Patron party at 6:00pm, sponsored by Ajax Holdings
ART&SOUL gala at 7:30, sponsored by The Meraux Foundation
Attire: Creative cocktail

Please note: ART&SOUL is an 18+ event. Children under the age of 18 will not be admitted.

ENTERTAINMENT

PATRON PARTY
Alexis & The Samurai

GALA
Sasha Masakowski Family Quartet
Preservation Hall Jazz Band

OTHER ENTERTAINMENT AND FEATURES
An Elektra Cosmetics Glitter Bar
Fun with the Merry Antoinettes
Sideshow performers including a sword-swallower, a fire-breather, a strong man, and a contortionist
Flash drawings by NOCCA Visual Arts students
Flash poetry by NOCCA Creative Writing students
A performance by the NOCCA Jazz ensemble

PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS (AS OF 1-17-2019)
Atchafalaya
Bacchanal Fine Wines
bao&noodle
Brigtsen’s
Cavan Restaurant
Chew Rouge
Cochon
The Company BurgerCongregation Coffee Roasters
Greek Girls Rice Pudding
Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant
Langenstein’s
Longway Tavern
Meauxbar
NOCCA Culinary Arts
Peche Seafood Grill
Pizza Delicious
Restaurant R’evolution
The Station Coffee and Bakery
Sylvain

OUR SPONSORS

PATRON PARTY SPONSOR
Ajax Holdings 

GALA SPONSOR
The Meraux Foundation 

PRODUCTION SERVICES SPONSOR
Solomon Group 

ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR
WDSU 

MEDIA SPONSOR
The New Orleans Advocate 

RAFFLE SPONSOR
Chevron 

STARRING ROLE SPONSOR
Denise & Bruce Germer
MCC Real Estate
Rotary Club of the West Bank 

CHORUS LINE SPONSORS
Billy, Gigi, and Maddie Burk
Sarah Newell Usdin and Tommy Usdin 

2019 ART&SOUL COMMITTEE

CO-CHAIRS
Sophia Germer (Visual Arts, ’11)
Boo & Clayton Randle 

ENTERTAINMENT & MARKETING
Beryl Nero Ballard
Tonya Boyd-Cannon (Vocal Music, ’96)
Claudette Sislo 

FOOD & BEVERAGE
Chef Stephen Stryjewski, Chair
Rachel Dubret
William Fagaly
Catherine Giroir
Norma Hedrick
Jessica Marasco Illes (Drama, ’00)
Tiffany Oestreicher II
Carmen Robichaux
Jane Wilson 

RAFFLE
Noele Forstall LaRosa (Drama, ’02), Chair
Jenny Dyer
Tyler Norman
Rachel Jeandron Caluda (Drama, ’07)

SILENT AUCTION
Caleb S. Roberts, Co-Chair
Rachel S. Stickney, Co-Chair
Cheryl Barth
Ryan Berger
Sharyn Booker
Elizabeth Davis
Meredith King (Drama, ’01)
Jennifer Lee (Drama, ’97)
Melissa Marley
Claire Elizabeth Thriffiley

SPONSORSHIPS & TICKET SALES
Linele Barrow, Co-Chair
Meg Gauley (Classical Instrumental & Media Arts, ’04), Co-Chair
Rita Cheney
Rebeckah Kirk (Vocal Music, ’11)
Ash McCord (Creative Writing, ’10)
Sarah Stickney Murphy (Vocal Music, ’02)

VOLUNTEERS
Ryan Germain
Monique Noel LeCompte
Cree Merriman-Jourdain  (Classical Instrumental, ’99)
Karen Reichard
Samantha Stokes

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