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New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts - NOCCA - is a public school open to all Louisana students who pass an audition. They attend part-time while enrolled in high schools across the state.

1 New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts - NOCCA - is a public school open to all Louisana students who pass an audition. They attend part-time while enrolled in high schools across the state.

Art by students, graduates, faculty, and visiting artists covers the sunlit hallways.

2 Art by students, graduates, faculty, and visiting artists covers the sunlit hallways.

This striking painting was created by a student shortly after Hurricane Katrina disrupted so many lives.

3 This striking painting was created by a student shortly after Hurricane Katrina disrupted so many lives.

NOCCA encourages using the latest technology.  I couldn't resist getting on the Twitter Board!

4 NOCCA encourages using the latest technology. I couldn't resist getting on the Twitter Board!

Students here are treated as young professionals, training and performing in spaces that look more like university facilities.  This could be an Off-Broadway theatre.

5 Students here are treated as young professionals, training and performing in spaces that look more like university facilities. This could be an Off-Broadway theatre.

The campus is beautiful, perched on the Mississippi River just below the French Quarter.

6 The campus is beautiful, perched on the Mississippi River just below the French Quarter.

The New Orleans skyline is just outside NOCCA's windows.

7 The New Orleans skyline is just outside NOCCA's windows.

Emeril's foundation has partnered with NOCCA to create a culinary arts program.  Soon it will go from being a summer activity to a full-time course.

8 Emeril's foundation has partnered with NOCCA to create a culinary arts program. Soon it will go from being a summer activity to a full-time course.

A full professional teaching kitchen is being built, and an edible garden where young chefs can grow their own ingredients is planned as well.

9 A full professional teaching kitchen is being built, and an edible garden where young chefs can grow their own ingredients is planned as well.

NOCCA students Victoria Farmer, Janeé Taylor, and Chayil Johnson joined Emeril on the air last week alongside ELF Executive Director Kristin Shannon.

10 NOCCA students Victoria Farmer, Janeé Taylor, and Chayil Johnson joined Emeril on the air last week alongside ELF Executive Director Kristin Shannon.

They won a contest by creating recipes that were served in Emeril's restaurants throughout October, with the sales raising $50,000 for the school. Victoria, 16, made this delicious Creole Rabbit with Butternut Squash and Spicy Corncakes.

11 They won a contest by creating recipes that were served in Emeril's restaurants throughout October, with the sales raising $50,000 for the school. Victoria, 16, made this delicious Creole Rabbit with Butternut Squash and Spicy Corncakes.

The three young chefs worked alongside the pros at Emeril's Carnivale du Vin, and proudly told the audience about their life-changing experiences learning to cook at NOCCA.  As Chef likes to say, food is love!

12 The three young chefs worked alongside the pros at Emeril's Carnivale du Vin, and proudly told the audience about their life-changing experiences learning to cook at NOCCA. As Chef likes to say, food is love!

While in town for a live broadcast of "Cooking with Emeril" celebrating Emeril's Carnivale du Vin, I had the opportunity to visit three of the sites that benefit from the support of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. First I shared my pictures from the Edible Schoolyard, then Liberty's Kitchen, and now you can see NOCCA, The New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, where Emeril is helping to develop a culinary arts program that will be free for students from all over Louisiana. See what is happening at this innovative school, and maybe the creative way that Emeril and the students teamed up to raise $50,000 last month will inspire you to add to their totals.

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