2015 Louisiana Studies Conference Presentation Abstract

“New Orleans Photo Alliance Celebrates 10 Years”

Presented by Thom Bennett, President, New Orleans Photo Alliance

The founding members of the New Orleans Photo Alliance found themselves at a crossroads in the days, weeks and months following Hurricane Katrina. 

Established in 2006, the New Orleans Photo Alliance is comprised of a diverse group of photographers who joined forces to create unity and opportunity for photographers in the Gulf South. It is an artist run 501(c)3 nonprofit which currently includes more than 300 members from across Louisiana and throughout the United States. Since its inception the Photo Alliance has accomplished the following:

  • Hosted 45+ exhibitions in the NOPA gallery and in partnership with other arts organizations
  • Awarded six Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography grants ($5,000 each)
  • Awarded four Clarence John Laughlin grants ($5,000) each
  • Hosted nine PhotoNOLA festivals, the annual photography festival in New Orleans.
  • Hosted numerous workshops, speakers and programs related to photography

The mission of the New Orleans Photo Alliance is to encourage the understanding and appreciation of photography through exhibitions, opportunities and educational programs. The Alliance strives to be a cultural stimulus, which fosters economic and artistic growth while preserving the rich and diverse photographic culture of New Orleans and the southern region.

In keeping with the Louisiana Studies Conference theme, Louisiana Cultural Crossroads, NOPA President Thom Bennett and Vice President Natasha Sanchez would like to give a presentation on the accomplishments and cultural impact of the past nearly 10 years of this volunteer run arts organization.

More info on NOPA can be found here: www.neworleansphotoalliance.org

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