This week’s GoNOLA Find is a new gallery in an already growing arts community, and is contributing to making Press Street the place to be. Part of the NOCCA Forum, an expansion of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts in the Bywater neighborhood, the 5 Press Gallery was funded in 2014 by The Emeril Lagasse Foundation and the Solomon family of New Orleans. Housed in a 50,000 square-foot renovated warehouse, the gallery is a project by The NOCCA Institute, the nonprofit arm of the creative arts high school.
Opened in November 2014, 5 Press Gallery focuses on showcasing work by alumni, students, present and former faculty, and visiting artists. The gallery’s most recent exhibit features several alumni artists and their take on New Orleans’ Twelfth Night. In addition to the gallery, the NOCCA Forum will also house a restaurant as part of the culinary arts program and additional instructional space for students. Until that opens The Boxcar, the delicious food truck designed by the students of NOCCA, is usually parked on Press Street, serving everything from burgers to banh mi.
It’s exciting to see a vibrant space that motivates and supports student creativity and that will provide visitors to the gallery with a stimulating experience. The gallery is open daily from noon to 5 p.m. and on the second Saturday of every month from 6-9 p.m. as part of the St. Claude Arts District art walk.