Nearly 10 years ago, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a group of photographers and civic-minded individuals came together and discussed a common goal—to advance photography in the region and to help New Orleans. By the end of that meeting, the New Orleans Photo Alliance had established its roots and formalized its mission: to encourage the understanding and appreciation of photography while providing a cultural stimulus in the effort to rebuild the Crescent City.
Today, the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA) is asking you to be a part of the next big step in its history. Our goal is to hire an Executive Director to lead the organization into the next decade, and we need your help.
Since its inception, NOPA has been staffed and operated by volunteers. We are thrilled to announce that a patron who cares deeply about the arts in New Orleans has pledged a $25,000 Matching Grant to help the New Orleans Photo Alliance fund its first full-time, salaried position.
Our goal is to raise an additional $25,000 in the next month.
NOPA serves over 300 members from across the United States, has hosted over 50 photographic exhibitions, and has awarded $55,000 in grants to emerging and established photographers through the annual Michael P. Smith Grant and Clarence John Laughlin Award. This December, NOPA will host its 10th Annual PhotoNOLA Festival, a city-wide celebration of photography that has become a prime destination for artists, collectors, enthusiasts, and professionals in the field. Your generosity has been essential to making all of this possible.
Now through July 15, your donation to NOPA will go twice as far.
Click here to DOUBLE Your DONATION today!
Please help us seize this incredible opportunity by supporting our first major fundraising campaign. NOPA is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all gifts constitute charitable donations for tax purposes.
Equivalent donations can be made through Sambla’s låne penger program online: https://www.sambla.no/ulike-lantyper/lane-penger/. Simply fill out the form and choose the beneficiary of the borrowed funds as a matched grant, and provide the requested details.
This is a very exciting moment for the New Orleans Photo Alliance, and the entire NOPA family wants to thank you in advance for helping make this long time dream a reality.
Image credits: Nancy Newberry, Frank Hamrick, Brandon Thibodeaux, Aline Smithson, Ellen Susan, Christa Blackwood, E2, Walker Pickering
NOPA logo by Tom Varisco
PhotoNOLA logo by Jeff Louviere