Who We Are

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The New Orleans Preservation Coalition is a volunteer-run, 501(c)3 organization. We formed out of a recommendation in a 2014 IMLS strategic planning grant for collaborative preservation services. The findings of this consultation recommended we “bring together cultural heritage and emergency management professionals at the local level, where virtually all initial disaster response occurs.” A model for such networks exists through the Alliance for Response (AfR), which has over twenty local alliances across the United States, the latest one formed in the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Since the ending of the grant in 2015, the NOPC planning committee establish its own presence and organizational footing. In 2018, the Performing Arts Readiness Project in association with LYRASIS and the Mellon Foundation awarded our fledgling group a $15,000 Performing Arts Readiness (PAR) New Network Grant to establish the New Orleans Preservation Coalition (NOPC) and establish a local chapter of Alliance for Response. The coalition seeks to provide opportunities for preservation education, emergency preparedness, disaster response, and related activities in order to sustain and protect the area’s arts and cultural heritage. The New Orleans Alliance for Response (NOAfR) focuses on response during a disaster for cultural heritage and performing arts organizations and will operate as a part of the NOPC.

We officially launched the New Orleans Preservation Coalition in June of 2018 with an exciting, information-packed day-long program that included speakers from the performing arts, library, and archives community, New Orleans Fire Department, NO EMS, the New Orleans Office and Governor's Office of Homeland Security, Texas Alliance for Response chapter (TX-CERA) and FEMA's Heritage Emergency National Task Force.

To learn more about or organizational structure and membership, click to review the NOPC Bylaws.

We are an entirely volunteer organization and rely on membership and donations to keep our network operating. Consider a donation to help cultural heritage in New Orleans thrive!

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Executive Committee

CHAIR, Jennifer Waxman  - Archives Manager, National World War II Museum

VICE CHAIR, Trish Nugent - Special Collections and Archives Coordinator, Loyola University New Orleans

SECRETARY, Mike Courtney - Electronic Records Content Manager, Archdiocese of New Orleans

TREASURER, Chris Harter - Director of Library and Reference Services, Amistad Research Center

MEMBER AT LARGE, Greg Lambousy - Director, New Orleans Jazz Museum

MEMBER AT LARGE, Haitham Eid - Assistant Professor/Director, Museum Studies Southern University New Orleans

MEMBER LIAISON, Sabrena Johnson - Conservation Librarian, Tulane University

FORMER CORE PLANNING TEAM MEMBERS

Rachel Lyons - Archivist, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation

Lee Leumas - Director of Archives, Archdiocese of New Orleans

Darcy McKinnon - Executive Director, New Orleans Video Access Center

Yvonne Loiselle - Librarian and Archivist, New Orleans Public Library

Stephanie Atkins - Director of Local Programs, National Performance Network - New Orleans

Leila Darwish - Disaster Resilience Program Fellow, Foundation for Louisiana

 

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