Kim Bergeron, Founder / Chair

A Louisiana Non-Profit Organization

Established 2009

P O Box 3343, Slidell, LA 70459

Facebook:  NorthshoreCEC


Mission: The mission of the Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition is to facilitate growth, development and increased awareness of the cultural economy and its impact by focusing on coalition building, public policy, business support, outreach, advocacy and arts education. Membership is free and open to all cultural economy workers, organizations and businesses.

Signature Projects:

Louisiana’s Shop Local Artists Week,

National Shop Local Artists Week in partnership with Americans for the Arts

St. Tammany’s Holiday Festival of Arts

Who we are and what we do:

Northshore Cultural Economy Coaliton is an all-volunteer organization comprised of people who are passionate about the arts and their economic impact. Our members know that by working together that we can continue to grow the arts and strengthen the community.

In 2016, Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition founded Shop Local Artists Weekend in Slidell, Louisiana. In 2017, the organization lobbied to expand the initiative to a statewide Shop Local Artists Week. With the support of Louisiana Senator Sharon Hewitt and Representative Greg Cromer, the Senate Concurrent Resolution passed unanimously in the House and Senate on April 25, 2017.  See the Concurrent Resolution here: Louisiana-2017-SCR20-Enrolled.

In 2018, Americans for the Arts adopted Shop Local Artists Week as a nationwide event in support of arts and artists.

Events will take place during the first full week of December in communities throughout the nation.  The purpose of these events is to create awareness as to the many cultural offerings in our communities and to generate awareness as to the economic impact of the arts. It’s a great time to celebrate the arts organizations and artists of all genres who provide cultural enrichment to our lives.