Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy

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Give NOLA Day 2024

This GiveNOLA Day, the Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy encourages you to support the work of our city's local arts & culture nonprofits. GiveNOLA Day, an initiative of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, is a one-day online giving event. For 24 hours, everyone who loves the Greater New Orleans region can support their favorite local causes by donating to one or more of 960+ participating nonprofit organizations. Last year's event generated nearly $7.8 million in donations for a record-breaking 951 nonprofits. Since the first event in 2014, GiveNOLA Day has raised over $64.6 million for our region’s nonprofits. 

Early giving ends on May 6th! Visit for a full list of participating Arts & Culture organizations.

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To learn more about how our office works with the cultural economy through initiatives, partnerships, and community, and the impacts of that work, read or download Cultural Economy: Culture, Community, and Connection


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.

General Contact for Cultural Economy

(504) 658-4900

Please request an appointment here.
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Programs & Initiatives
Cultural Economy Funding Program

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy is happy to announce that it is now accepting applications for the 2024 Grant Funding Program.

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Programs & Initiatives
Cultural Districts Program

The primary goal of the Cultural Products District (CPD) is to revitalize the communities and contribute to the lives and livelihoods of the citizens by creating locally driven hubs of cultural activity.  The program provides two incentives for communities to create or rebuild cultural destination

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August 19, 2022 | From City of New Orleans


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