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Southeastern's NSA, NOCCA and Olde Towne Arts Center host info session in Slidell Dec. 12

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND – Three leading agencies in arts education -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s Northshore School of the Arts (NSA), the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and Slidell’s Olde Towne Arts Center (OTAC) -- are hosting an information session for area residents and students Friday, Dec. 12.

     The event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at the center, 300 Robert St. in Slidell.

     NSA Director Charlotte Collins and Brian Hammell, NOCCA’s director of Communications and Campus Activities, said the event is perfect for families since representatives of all three organizations, along with some instructors, will be on hand to answer questions on the variety of programming offered to St. Tammany Parish students and residents.

          Presentations will include information on eligibility requirements, question and answer sessions, and optional portfolio reviews to help prepare students for the application and audition processes at the Northshore School of the Arts and NOCCA.

     Southeastern’s Northshore School of the Arts offers university-level credit at Southeastern for high school juniors and seniors in one-on-one applied music classes, and small group music theory, theater, and visual arts classes at three locations, the Southeastern St. Tammany Center, the main Hammond campus, and the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker.

     Admission is by interview for theater courses, by audition for applied music courses, by portfolio for studio art courses, and by a minimum of a 3.0 average in high school arts classes for music theory and art history classes.

     The deadline for the spring pre-registration is Dec. 15. 

     Collins said students who submit applications before the Dec. 12 information session, will have the opportunity to conduct theater course interviews and portfolio reviews at the session.

     Applications and additional information are available on line at

        NOCCA offers students across Louisiana tuition-free professional training in creative writing, dance, acting, classical instrumental music, culinary arts, jazz, media arts, filmmaking and audio production, musical theater, theater design, visual arts and vocal music. Classes are open to all Louisiana public or private school or home-schooled students who successfully audition. Additional information is available at

     OTAC offers a wide range of private non-credit classes for all ages throughout the year including digital arts, pottery, traditional and non-traditional studio arts, and poetry. Classes change continually and are available on a first come basis during pre-registration, scheduled Jan. 17-18 for spring classes. To get on a waiting list, email or leave a voice message at 985-649-0555.

     For more information, about the NSA-NOCCA-OTAC information session, contact Collins at 985-549-2568 or email the Olde Towne Arts Center at

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