History and Mission
The New Orleans Arts & Cultural Host Committee (NOACHC) was created to promote, present and make accessible to the community-at-large, the arts and cultural heritage of New Orleans. The Committee seeks to further its mission by working to improve and encourage arts education for young people, as well as promoting civic and social activities to both citizens and tourists in New Orleans. Originally created in 1995 to assist the City of New Orleans in hosting the Essence Music Festival, the Committee supports and encourages the talents of New Orleans artists, musicians and entertainers.
The NOACHC recognizes that quality arts education for young people is the beginning of an appreciation for artistic expression; instills discipline and encourages the pursuit of excellence. Through the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp; the NOACHC seeks to address and augment the lack of arts education in schools by providing expert music instruction by jazz greats to young musicians who otherwise would not have the opportunity to participate in a program of this caliber. The NOACHC also perpetuate America’s true and only art form in the City where it was created
In 2000, The New Orleans Arts and Cultural Host Committee became the chief fundraising entity for the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp which was established by City government representatives. The Committee was incorporated in 1999 and acquired 501 ( c) (3) status in 2000. It also became the producer of the Jazz Camp and afforded donors tax deductions. At this time, Jazz Camp is NOACHC’s primary focus.