Author Archives: Sharon Litwin

About Sharon Litwin

Sharon Litwin, president and co-founder of NolaVie, has extensive non-profit experience in the New Orleans community. For 12 years, she served the musicians of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LPO), the only musician-owned, collaboratively managed fulltime symphony orchestra in America, first as Executive Director and then as Senior Vice President. Prior to that, she served for 12 years as an Assistant Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art, where she directed a $27 million expansion project, built up numerous membership groups, and created long-term relationships with funders both locally and nationally. She also worked at The Times-Picayune as a feature writer and with WYES-TV, Public Television in New Orleans as Executive Producer. Sharon writes Culture Watch every Thursday for NolaVie, and her online interviews with movers and shakers in the cultural community are produced on air as Notes From New Orleans on WWNO public radio, the local NPR affliliate. Email her at [email protected]

Dithy ... what? A new music house


Dithyrambalina (dith-ee-ram-balina) is not a word that trips lightly off the tongue. Its root lies in Greek mythology. Try saying it two or three times, because it's a word that is going to be part of the New Orleans landscape, literally and figuratively. Read More »

An elegy for George

George Dureau (Photo by Jason Kruppa)

  New Orleans lost a special person on Monday. George Dureau, a superb visual artist and even more accomplished photographer, died at the age of 83. He was a friend for more than 30 years. George was a ... Read More »

Throwback Thursday: Louisiana's ultimate librarian

The Milton H. Latter Memorial Branch Library, located at 5120 St. Charles Avenue.

Editor’s note: In anticipatory acknowledgement of National Library Week (April 13-19), for Throwback Thursday, NolaVie rerunning Sharon Litwin’s 2013 interview with the at-the-time newly appointed Executive Director of the New Orleans Public Library, Charles Brown, about historic holdings, ... Read More »

Pitch Perfect: From movies to marijuana


How many successful entrepreneurs first fleshed out their ideas on a napkin, over a drink, at a bar? Ti Martin, who’s a pretty dynamic entrepreneur herself, figures there have been plenty of such “barpreneurs.” So this past Friday, ... Read More »

Throwback Thursday: Photography and the American Civil War

Sojourner Truth (Photo credit:

“This show more than any I have ever done packs an emotional punch,” says Jeff Rosenheim of "Photography and the American Civil War," the critically acclaimed exhibition he curated for the Met, now on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art. “I don’t think anyone is going to forget seeing these wounded soldiers." Read More »

Staying in tune and out of trouble

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Hear Sharon Litwin talk about Make Music NOLA on WWNO below, or click here. You can hear the almost-together violin players practicing musical scales from out in the school hallway. You don’t have to know a thing about ... Read More »

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