Master of Arts in Arts Administration
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization opened in 2008 as a “nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South.” Today, in 2013, it is pushing for a more global scope as The SoFAB Institute, now “dedicated to the discovery, understanding and celebration of the food, drink and culture of the world through the eyes of the South!” The changes in its mission statement reflect its proposed transition. It hopes to evolve from a local tourist attraction to an important cultural resource, providing both visitors and scholars from across the world a place to discovery and study the South’s culinary heritage. This paper seeks to examine the challenges a small, underfunded, understaffed and often misunderstood single-subject museum faces as it makes that transition—from so-so to SoFABulous.
Edwards, Jennifer Stierman, "From So-So to SoFABulous: Southern Food and Beverage Museum" (2013). Arts Administration Master's Reports. 150.