Trouser House: A case study of one small arts initiative as it charts a course to legal, financial, and programmatic relevancy

Caroline R. Stivers, University of New Orleans


The purpose of this report is to assist Trouser House, a New Orleans contemporary art and urban farming initiative, in determining the best course of action for establishing its legal structure and achieving financial security. To do this, the author provides an analysis of the present operations of Trouser House; outlines several social entrepreneurial structures as models for consideration; presents research on the current role of small arts organizations and the state of arts philanthropy nationwide; and provides recommendations as to how Trouser House can improve and strengthen current practices to maximize its potential as a small community-based arts organization.