I AM NOCCA

Welcome home, alumni!

Thousands of students have trained at NOCCA since the school first opened its doors in 1974. Whether you took classes at UNO, NOMA, on Perrier Street, or on Chartres Street, this site is your home for info about reunions, casual meet-ups, workshops, and other alumni resources.

Alumni news


  • Back to Class with NOCCA faculty member (and former student) Jessie Wightkin Gelini
    Jessie Wightkin Gelini is a Culinary Arts faculty member at NOCCA and a former NOCCA student (in dance!). Here, she talks about how she made the transition from dancer to chef; how the Culinary Arts department has adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic; and what sort of students should consider applying to the program. Do you know a junior high or high school student in the New Orleans area who wants to apply …
  • After-school special: Interview with Kesha McKey
    Kesha McKey (Dance ’91) currently serves as Chair of the Dance Department at NOCCA and is the founding Artistic Director of KM Dance Project. She holds a BS from Xavier University of Louisiana and an MFA in Dance Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. What is your motto? Honesty. The key to good work is honesty in your art, speaking from the I. Expectations are a thing and you want to have goals. However, responding to …
  • Opportunity for visual artists and makers!
    If you work as a visual artist or maker, we have an exciting partnership to share with you: Where Y’Art wants to feature the work of NOCCA alumni in its exhibition spaces and curatorial services. Where Y’Art is a gallery and art consultancy that promotes New Orleans-area artists. Where Y’Art shares the work of those artists in its massive online gallery, with its many corporate clients, in its physical HQ in the …

COVID-19 resources for artists, entrepreneurs, and others

Our alumni-outreach efforts are currently focused on helping alums navigate the economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have lost revenue–whether due to cancelled gigs, layoffs, or other causes–fill out this form. We hope to share information with NOCCA fans and others who may be hiring. Also, check out this growing list of resources for artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.

Our alumni have some great words of encouragement for today’s NOCCA students: