NOCCA Institute Executive Director Sally Perry Selected For National Cultural Leadership Program

NOCCA Institute Executive Director Sally Perry Selected For National Cultural Leadership Program

Sally Perry, Executive Director of The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute (The NOCCA Institute), has been accepted into National Arts Strategies‘ highly competitive Chief Executive Program. As one of 100 leaders in the culture industry chosen to participate in the program, Perry will take part in a series of meetings with her peers to discuss key problems facing the sector. “I’m very excited about this opportunity, both for my own professional development and for the doors it will open for NOCCA,” said Perry.

Over the course of the next two years, Perry will engage in discussions with colleagues from the U.S. and abroad about concrete issues like budgeting, financial stability, marketing, and development, as well as abstract problems like the role of the arts in modern life and maintaining relevance in a diverse, rapidly changing world. The group will begin meeting this fall at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.


National Arts Strategies runs leadership programs for organizations from all disciplines, and its underwritten tuition and travel expenses make events accessible to organizations of all budget sizes. This investment in leadership capacity has produced the sector’s most diverse leadership community of alumni and faculty. It has also generated changes in the language and core management frameworks used by grantee organizations; partnerships to advance the full range of educational services available to the field; and policy discussions with leading grantmakers to enhance field capacity building.

NAS’s Chief Executive Program is a two-year initiative designed to unleash the collective power of 100 of the top executive leaders in the cultural sector to solve problems facing the industry. These leaders will re-imagine what cultural institutions will be and how they can contribute to civil society. The Chief Executive program was developed through the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fidelity Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation. For additional details, visit

The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) is a world-class educational institution that has been changing the lives of young people since 1973. Every year, this professional arts training center provides intensive instruction in Classical Music, Creative Writing, Culinary Arts, Dance, Drama, Jazz, Media Arts, Musical Theatre, Theatre Design, Vocal Music, and Visual Arts to students from public, private, and parochial schools across Louisiana through schoolday, after-school, weekend, and summer sessions.

The NOCCA Institute provides supplemental funding for NOCCA students and advocacy for NOCCA’s world-class program. With the support of corporations, foundations, and individuals across Louisiana and the globe, the Institute has helped turn NOCCA into a flagship professional arts training facility. Some of the Institute’s more notable endeavors include: the Term-Time Financial Aid Program, the NOCCA Summer Term Financial Aid Program, the Summer Study Financial Aid Program, the Artists-in-Residence Program, the capital campaign for NOCCA’s current home and future capital expansion, and numerous arts programs for the general public.