UNO Arts Administration Graduate Program Prepares to Celebrate 30th Anniversary, Takes Pride in Student Success

As the University of New Orleans graduate program in arts administration prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary, administrators are taking pride in the recent hiring of graduates in prominent positions in the greater New Orleans cultural community.

“UNO offers the only arts management degree in Louisiana and the mid-Gulf Coast region, with graduates and interns in practically every major culture-related institution in the State,” said Tony Micocci, assistant director of UNO’s graduate program in arts administration. “The program will celebrate in 2013 its 30th year of preparing leaders for the cultural industry and enjoys a period of dynamic growth and the largest number of students in its history.”

Allison Abney, who matriculated from the program in spring 2012, was recently hired as general manager of Southern Repertory Theatre, New Orleans’ leading producer of theatre. Commonly known as Southern Rep, the 26-year-old company is undergoing “an exciting transitional time” in its history, Micocci said.  Southern Rep has just announced its season lineup of performances.

Recent program graduates who have chosen to remain in Louisiana and support the growth of the cultural economy include Tori Bush, program director at the Creative Alliance of New Orleans, which provides training, education, networking opportunities and information for creative artists, cultural producers and the community, Micocci said.

Rachel Ford is now manager of retail operations at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Jessica Chevis and Christina T. Dunaway work in the development office of New Orleans’ Contemporary Arts Center.

Alumni range from the curator of the Jackson Barracks Military Museum, who was recognized by the U.S. Army Military Center, Museum Division in 2005 for his heroic efforts to save the museum’s collection during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, to the founder and director of the New Orleans Ballet Association and the archivist for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Micocci said.

This summer and fall, program interns can be found at the Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the New Orleans Fringe Festival, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Southern Rep, the Tennessee Williams Festival, the Southwest School of Art, Press Street, Longue Vue House and Gardens, the Arts Council of the City of New Orleans, and the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, among others.

For more information on UNO's Arts Administration graduate program, visit the program's website.