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Strategic Policy and Communications Associate

City of New Orleans AmeriCorps VISTA Program - Office of Mayor LaToya Cantrell
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The City of New Orleans VISTA program is implemented by the Office of Mayor LaToya Cantrell and Office of Cultural Economy. The City is seeking passionate individuals to build capacity to break the cycle of poverty and empower our community. The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy works with culture bearers, artists, musicians, designers, writers, and all other cultural stakeholders to enhance their economic opportunities. Our mission is to develop the cultural economic sector to improve their lives and enhance the cultural life of the city. We conduct economic research, formulate policy, provide platforms for artists to work, fund programming, partner with organizations to deliver services such as healthcare, and much more.

The VISTA project will create a report on the cultural economy in the city of New Orleans for 2020. This report will cover major economic indicators in the six segments of the cultural economy: entertainment, visual arts and crafts, culinary, literary arts and humanities, preservation, and design. The purpose of the economic report is to disseminate knowledge of the importance and impact of the cultural economy to leaders, businesses, potential investors, cultural institutions, and more in New Orleans and beyond. This will spur investment, both monetarily and politically, in developing the cultural economy and directly impact the livelihoods of cultural producers, many of whom earn low wages and/or live in poverty. The report will also be a tool for nonprofits and individuals to apply for funding.

Service Activities

Throughout one year of service, the VISTA member will work with the Office of Cultural Economy to create a 20-page report on the cultural economic sector in New Orleans in 2020 that includes the following:




Sales taxes paid by businesses


Financials of nonprofits

Film activity and local expenditures by major film production

The VISTA member will also conduct outreach and feedback sessions with cultural stakeholders, cultural workers, artists, entertainers, community advocates, cultural nonprofits, cultural businesses, street performers, traditional practitioners such as Mardi Gras Indians, and other City offices on the content and purpose of the report.

Community Need Addressed

The CNO VISTA Program supports City Hall by implementing sustainable capacity building projects to increase the effectiveness of each department.

Position Outcomes

Our VISTA members help the City strengthen existing services and provide more services for underserved and disproportionately impacted communities.


Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Student loan forbearance

Education Benefits

College Degree


Skills you will gain

Professional Development

Competencies You Will Develop

Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Select and implement well-considered solution
Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process
Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients
  • Activity Types Office Activities, Professional Activities
  • Focus Areas Community & Nonprofit Development
  • Length of Service 12 Months
  • Education Requirements Some College
  • Placement Individual Placement
  • Service Setting Local Government Agency
  • Weekly Training Hours 1

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