Artist Corps New Orleans

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Artist Corps New Orleans


Sonya Robinson // director

Artist Corps New Orleans partners with schools and arts organizations to match music resources, programs and personnel, and to empower educators through professional development and coaching. The project works to engage artists, connecting local, visiting, and resident artists with schools and music programs where they can have the most impact. Through the Mapping Music initiative, it is collecting extensive data on music education to share with the community – providing vital information to educators, students, families and funders.


The positive impact of music education has been demonstrated again and again:

  • Music education helps develop originality and flexibility, key components of creativity and innovation
  • Training in music improves attention
  • Students involved in music lessons surpass their peers on tasks measuring perseverance
  • Students enrolled in music classes have statistically significant higher scores on LEAP assessments in Math and English Language Arts, regardless of socio-economic status.

More importantly, music connects us – to our individual, unique voices and our collective potential; to our capacity to make meaningful, powerful work with others; and to the legacy of a community whose deep history of musical innovation and education has shaped music worldwide.

Students in New Orleans need to understand that they are a part of this rich legacy, and that their impact can be as great.

Support for Artist Corps New Orleans can be made by donating to its fiscal sponsor the National Performance Network (NPN). Click the button below and you will be directed to Network for Good’s Donate Now service. Next to “Program Designation,” click on the drop-down box and select “Artist Corps New Orleans.”

NPN is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions support the programming of NPN and the designated programs of the New Orleans Local Network, and are fully tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. All donations are acknowledged by letter. We don’t engage in phone solicitation, nor will we sell or rent your contact information to any third party.

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