Wednesday, March 22, 2013

UNO Arts Administration Grads Invigorate Cultural Infrastructure

Kylee KiddUNO alumna Kylee Kidder greets children at the French Quarter Festival, where she was recently appointed manager of volunteer resources and children’s programming.

The graduate program in arts administration of the University of New Orleans announces continued high employment demand for its recent graduates in Louisiana and around the nation as the program experiences a period of dynamic growth.

The program, now celebrating its 30th year, "plays an integral role in the fabric of Louisiana culture" and is the only arts administration graduate program in the state and region, said Tony Micocci, assistant director of the UNO graduate program in arts administration. The program, which recently hosted the international conference of the Association of Arts Administration Educators, is internationally recognized. Led by Program Director Harmon Greenblatt, the arts administration graduate program at UNO is part of the UNO College of Liberal Arts.

Recent announcements include the appointment of Ashley Floyd as director of development for the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO); Kylee Kidder as manager of volunteer resources and children's programming for French Quarter Festivals Inc.,; Allison Abney as sales and program coordinator for the Creative Alliance of New Orleans (CANO); Meredith Harper Murphy as education administrative coordinator at the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center (NOCCA); Jonathan Wells as marketing and communications associate at the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra; Tara Foster as director of programs for the Neighborhoods Partnership Network and Ashley Chavis as membership associate for the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.

Well-known program alumni holding leadership positions in arts administration in the greater New Orleans area include Don Marshall, executive director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and Festivals, Inc. and Jenny R. Hamilton, executive director of the New Orleans Ballet Association.