New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

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New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
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2800 Chartres Street


United States
Coordinates29°57′48.02″N 90°2′58.97″W / 29.9633389°N 90.0497139°W / 29.9633389; -90.0497139Coordinates: 29°57′48.02″N 90°2′58.97″W / 29.9633389°N 90.0497139°W / 29.9633389; -90.0497139
PresidentKyle Wedberg
Grades9 to 12

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, or NOCCA, is the regional, pre-professional arts training center for high school students in Louisiana. NOCCA opened in 1973 as a professional arts training center for secondary school-age children. Located in New Orleans, it provides intensive instruction in culinary arts, creative writing, dance, media arts, music (classical, jazz, vocal), theatre arts (drama, musical theatre, theatre design), and visual arts.

NOCCA was founded by a group of artists, educators, business leaders, and community activists. Tuition is free to all Louisiana students who meet audition requirements. Students from over 100 public, private, parochial and home schools attend in the afternoon or late-day as well as Academic Studio students who attend NOCCA for the full day.

In 2000, NOCCA moved to a campus in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood. Before that, NOCCA was housed for many years in an old elementary school building on Perrier Street in Uptown New Orleans.


NOCCA students receive pre-professional arts training in one of eleven different arts disciplines, and additionally may participate in a full-day academic program, the Academic Studio.

Inaugurated in the fall of 2011, NOCCA's Academic Studio is a full-day, diploma-granting attendance option. To enroll in the Academic Studio, prospective students must successfully complete an arts audition and be accepted into a Level I program in one of NOCCA's eleven arts disciplines.

Admissions process[edit]

NOCCA acceptance is by audition only.

Notable alumni[edit]

NOCCA Institute[edit]

The NOCCA Institute is NOCCA's community support and advocacy arm, providing supplemental funding for NOCCA students and advocacy for NOCCA’s programs.


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