Sharon Litwin

Host of Notes From New Orleans

Sharon Litwin is the founding president of NolaVie.com, the only daily cultural not-for-profit website of its kind in the United States devoted to exploring all aspects of the quirky, diverse culture of New Orleans. Sharon, along with Renee Peck, NolaVie Managing Editor, wrote, and NolaVie received, a grant from the J-Lab Project of American University, funded through the McCormick Foundation in Chicago, allowing NolaVie to launch in February, 2011. Since 2012, Sharon has produced Notes from New Orleans, a weekly on-air cultural news segment for WWNO that is complemented by her weekly “culture watch” column on NolaVie.

Sharon Litwin retired in 2011 after a 12-year career with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra serving first as Executive Director and then as Senior Vice President for External Affairs. Prior to joining the LPO, Sharon spent more than a decade as an Assistant Director of the New Orleans Museum of Art, responsible for raising more than $26 million to build out three new wings and upgrade the original historic building in City Pak.

Sharon’s other professional positions have been as a feature writer for the Living Section of The Times-Picayune newspaper and executive producer with WYES-TV, Public Television in New Orleans. Sharon continues to write features and articles for newspapers and magazines nationwide on a freelance basis and is also the editor of the New Orleans Zagat Restaurant Survey, a position she has held for the past 20 years.

Sharon is the past president of the Contemporary Arts Center, Committee of 21 and Mental Health Association of Metropolitan New Orleans; a past board member of the Arts Council of New Orleans and the Community Access Corporation; and is the founding president of the Crescent City Farmers Market.

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Notes From New Orleans
6:42 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Master Gardener Knows His Roots

Mastering the art of Southern gardening isn't something you can learn overnight. It takes time, training, and patience. But the payoff is something an entire community can enjoy. So perhaps that's why membership in Louisiana's Master Gardener's organization is... growing.

Sharon Litwin speaks with a leader from the region's local chapter on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes From New Orleans
2:52 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Ballet Hispanico Comes to New Orleans

Eduardo Vilaro performs at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on Saturday night.

Eduardo Vilaro, artistic director of the sensational Ballet Hispanico, was in the eighth grade in St. Margaret Mary's School in New York when he first heard the word "choreographer." Since those humble beginnings, it's been a long and productive journey for Eduardo and New Orleanians will have an opportunity to see the fruits of his labor this coming weekend. It's time to put on your dancing shoes for this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Mon November 26, 2012

Ruby Bridges: Civil Rights Pioneer

6-year-old Ruby Bridges in 1960.

As most people know, the 1960s were a very tumultuous time in America. Standing in the spotlight of the Civil Rights Movement was a 6-year-old girl who integrated the New Orleans school system and helped dissolve segregation across the South.

Ruby Bridges shares her story with Sharon Litwin on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes From New Orleans
4:51 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

Fringe Festival Offers Fresh and Original Performances

Angelle Hebert is set to put on her one-woman show.

The New Orleans Fringe Festival is ready to bring fearless performers to fearless audiences. Now in its fifth year of production, the festival hopes to strengthen relationships between local artists and the community-at-large. For this week's Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin spoke with Fringe's performance coordinator Emilie Whalen about this year's upcoming festivities.

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Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Rural Revolution Puts Women on the Move

Kendra Jones Morris, the founder of Rural Revolution, lives and works in New Orleans.

A New Orleans-based company called Rural Revolution is connecting female artists in the developing world to commercial outlets in the United States.

Kendra Jones Morris, the founder of the business, believes that empowering female entrepreneurs help strengthen community globally and locally. She spoke with Sharon Litwin on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

"The Drop" Increases Cultural Capital

A sample of the artworks issued in The Drop's first subscription program. Their second subscription is underway right now.

A New Orleans-based creative subscription program called "The Drop" is determined to make collecting art easy, accessible, and fun.

As their second round of subscriptions gets underway, Sharon Litwin speaks with one of the women in charge of the project, Cameron Shaw, on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Ruby Bridges Presents the N.O. Children's Book Festival

The New Orleans Children's Book Festival demonstrates how children from different backgrounds can get to know each other through the love of books. The free festival, now in its third year, is put on by Ruby Bridges, who joins Sharon Litwin on this week's Notes from New Orleans.

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Notes From New Orleans
5:59 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Grocery Store For-A-Day!

Fresh producer will be one of the many items available at the pop-up grocery store taking place at the All Souls Church and Community Center on October 20th.

In recent years, the districts, neighborhoods, and towns that have little access to healthy foods have been dubbed "food deserts." Because some of New Orleans' lowest-income neighborhoods suffer from this situation, the Lower Ninth Ward Food Access Coalition is hosting a Grocery Store For-A-Day! event to help alleviate the problem. 

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Notes From New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Sound Design on Display at the CAC

Giorgio Bertuccelli's creative background began in his father's papier-mâché studios, where the fantastic creatures of Mardi Gras came to life. It was there that he began to build his own percussion instruments and experiment with sound. He sits down to talk about his new installation at the Contemporary Arts Center.

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Notes from New Orleans
1:00 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Textile Designer Camilla Franklin

English designer Camilla Franklin knows how to spin a yarn — quite literally, in fact. On this week's Notes from New Orleans she speaks with Sharon Litwin about her involvement in Louisiana's longstanding textile industry.

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