Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy

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The mission of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy is to create opportunities and systems that enable true economic activity and growth for cultural economy stakeholders and the public.  The Office of Cultural Economy leverages the innovative and entrepreneurial nature of cultural economy development to achieve deeper outcomes across City projects and priorities.

Defining the Cultural Economy

Cultural Economy is defined as the people, enterprises, and communities that transform cultural skills, knowledge and ideas into economically productive goods, services and places.  There are six key segments:

  • Culinary Arts:  Food-related cultural products including food processing, specialty food products and locally-owned, full service restaurants (does not include franchise/non-local chain restaurants);
  • Design:  Individual designers and firms involved in the communication arts such as graphic design, printing, and advertising;
  • Entertainment:  The performing arts (music, theater, and dance), individual performers, and the film industries;
  • Literary Arts and Humanities:  Individual writers and editors and book, periodical, and newspaper publishing;
  • Preservation:  Economic activities focused on the restoration and redevelopment of the built environment including architecture, landscape architecture and a percentage of construction activity focused on preservation and renovation; and
  • Visual Arts and Crafts:  Individual artists and craftspeople as well as the galleries and museums that present cultural products.



Film New Orleans

Film New Orleans is the City of New Orleans film permitting department.  Film New Orleans is responsible for the following:

Issues film permits and manages location filming; facilitates communication and permitting among city departments and agencies and supports film workforce training and education program for independent filmmakers.  

To answer any questions you may have about filming  in New Orleans contact the Film Director, Carroll Morton, at 504-240-9504.  To submit an application for filming go to,"

Gallier Hall

This impressive Greek Revival building was the inspiration of James Gallier Sr. Completed in 1853, it served as City Hall for just over a century. It is now home to the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy and iconic City events such as Mardi Gras.

More information on Gallier Hall, and how to rent space for weddings, funerals, conferences, parties, and much more can be found at the Gallier Hall website.