Document Type

Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Arts Administration




The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization. The Foundation presents the famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and utilizes the proceeds from the Festival for year-round community development programs in the areas of education, economic development and culture. The Foundation also owns the broadcast license of radio station WWOZ 90.7. The Foundation is constantly seeking to expand its involvement with the local community. Thus, Mr. Don Marshall, Executive Director of the Foundation, created the Jazz & Heritage Gallery. My internship position was as the first Gallery Director for the newly created Jazz & Heritage Gallery. Throughout the course of my internship I successfully curated three exhibitions: Inspiration Exhibition, Femme Fest 2009, and Outside the Tent. I also managed the various business affairs of the Jazz & Heritage Gallery, including communications with artists and the public, and collaboration with numerous local organizations and seeking grants. This report includes the Foundation and Festival's history, organizational structure, current programming and my contributions to the Foundation. It also includes detailed recommendations based on the SWOT analysis of the Foundation as well as best practices suggestions.