Governor re-appoints Buddy Boe to NOCCA Board

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Buddy Boe

Governor Jon Bel Edwards recently re-appointed Buddy Boe to serve on the Board of Directors of NOCCA-New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Boe was originally appointed in 2016 to fill the “at-large” gubernatorial board vacancy. Revised Statute 17:1970:24 gives the Governor the authority to make the appointment. Boe was elected as Vice-Chairman in June for the 2018-2019 school year. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the River Parishes Tourist Commission.

“I look forward to serving as the Governor’s appointee to such a vital public institution where the sole focus is arts education. Despite years of budget cuts, NOCCA has been able to maintain the highest level of arts education in the country and continues to graduate talented individuals ready to leave their creative mark on the world. As a tourism executive, I fully understand the value of our arts and culture in Louisiana and NOCCA is a major part of cultivating our next generations of artists.,” said Boe following his appointment.

NOCCA is a regional, pre-professional arts training center that offers students intensive instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts: filmmaking & audio production, music (classical, jazz, vocal), theatre arts (drama, musical theatre, theatre design), visual arts, and creative writing, while demanding simultaneous academic excellence. NOCCA was founded in 1973 by a diverse coalition of artists, educators, business leaders, and community activists who saw the need for an institution devoted to our region’s burgeoning young talent.

“NOCCA is a national caliber Arts and Educational entity, but the guarantee of its future will always require great leadership in the present. Mr. Buddy Boe a polished and practiced professional who traces his success back to his work in and through the arts. He is exactly the kind of Louisianian who sees and will speak to the public value of the arts in the lives of the young people of this state. I am proud and grateful to have him reappointed to the NOCCA Board,” said Kyle Wedberg, NOCCA’s President and CEO.

“The performing arts was a major part of my youth and a huge part of who I am today. I will always advocate for the funding of arts education,” said Boe. Boe has performed in over thirty productions on stages throughout the metro New Orleans region including his high school, Jesuit of New Orleans, Rivertown Repertory, the Jefferson Performing Arts Society, LePetit Theatre, River Region Drama Guild, and St. John Theatre. Additionally, Boe had a speaking role in the award-winning film, Dead Man Walking.

Most recently, Boe served as the Senior Advisor and Communications Director for Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. Boe was a councilmember in St. John the Baptist Parish and previously served as the Chief Administrative Officer for St. Charles Parish.

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