New Orleans Opera Awarded a 2021 Disaster Mitigation Grant

Photo: From a recent Opera on Tap – In Our Yard concert at The New Orleans Opera Guild Home, located at 2504 Prytania Street.

New Orleans Opera Awarded a 2021 Disaster Mitigation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and administered by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.

New Orleans Opera (NOOA) was awarded a 2021 Disaster Mitigation Grant to help repair the HVAC units at the storied New Orleans Opera Guild Home, which has been closed since Hurricane Ida. This grant helps advance the NOOA’s mission to provide opera education and programming to the Gulf Coast and make opera accessible to wider audiences. The Guild Home houses NOOA’s administrative support and artistic staff and serves as a unique space for opera performances, events, and board meetings.

The Guild Home helps fulfill NOOA’s educational mission and provides a space for educational outreach. NOOA offers a variety of programs for community members and opera lovers including Opera Orientation Roundtables, Opera on Tap Performances, adult lecture series, classroom programs, and the Donald W. Wood Sr. Vocal Competition.

Established in 1947, the Women’s Guild of NOOA hosts weekly home tours which tell the history of the Home and highlights its unique architecture, paintings, and contents. The Home was also a featured stop on the Grey Line City/Cemetery Bus Tours (a partnership that was paused for a time due to both cemetery restoration efforts as well as COVID-19).

This investment provides vital support to NOOA as it recovers from the damages of Hurricane Ida. Funding for this 2021 Disaster Mitigation grant has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and administered by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).