The New Orleans Museum of Art: A Case Study Demonstrating the Weakened Vision of New Orleans' Most Established Cultural Institution

Allison L. Abney, University of New Orleans

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The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is widely believed to be the most established cultural institution of its kind in New Orleans. The museum building is an extension of its landscape, designed and established as a gift that has been enjoyed by the city for more than a century. The term of my internship with the Museum coincided with its Centennial Celebration year of 2011. In possession of one of the Gulf South's most prized permanent collections, NOMA has demonstrated its continued sustainability through the longevity of its establishment in addition to its rapid recovery following the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The following report serves as a case study of the Museum; it addresses organizational issues revealed through situational analyses and personal observations. The report concludes with recommendations prescribed for the future success and sustainability of NOMA in the furtherance of its mission.