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 Sharon@nolavie.com.

Culture Watch: Art from the heart

Sister Gertrude Morgan's 'Let's Make a Record' is available for purchase online at preservationhallmerch.com.

For Throwback Thursday, we revisit a piece first published in October 2011 about primitive artist Sister Gertrude Morgan, a now-renowned folk artist who came to New Orleans in the 1930s, preached on the streets of the city she called “the headquarters of sin,” and established her missionary headquarters in a small house in the Lower Nine. NOMA's William Fagaly recalls the woman and her art. Read More »

Youthful music in the Lower Nine

Rev. Lonell Wright traded retirement for a new avocation as a children's advocate.

Editor's Note: In honor and memory of Sharon Litwin, The Queen here at NolaVie, we will be publishing a piece from her every day for the next month. Sharon was an advocate and spokeswoman for arts, culture, people, and policies ... Read More »

A living curriculum: Tulane University explores education beyond the classroom walls

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As a constant beacon of outreach and community involvement, it is rather fitting that Sharon Litwin's last interview for WWNO was with Ken Scwartz, Dean of the School of Architecture at Tulane University as well as director of the Phyllis M. Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking and organizer for the Tulane City Center. In this segment of "Notes from New Orleans" they discuss the programs at Tulane University and the impact they do and can have on the New Orleans community. Read More »

'Tips for Climbing Barbed Wire'

Poetry slam artist Justin Lamb

Editor's Note: In honor and memory of Sharon Litwin, The Queen here at NolaVie, we will be publishing a piece from her every day for the next month. Sharon was an advocate and spokeswoman for arts, culture, people, and policies ... Read More »

John Besh's family table

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For anyone who knew Sharon, you know that she was a lover of good food. And going out to lunch. Her coverage of food in New Orleans was as delicious as her restaurant choices, and in this piece she covers one of her favorite chefs, John Besh. Read More »

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