Art Instructors


A graduate of Auburn University with Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Robert Papier has spent the past 40 years in advertising, but his passion has always been painting... especially portraits of everyday real people. After going through Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, where he still lives, he was taken by the faces of the people as they rebuilt their homes and lives. Many of whom he painted. The experience convinced him to leave advertising behind and pursue a path that feeds his passion for painting and his love of people. Visit his website to view some of these portraits.


Valerie Corradetti is an artist living and working in New Orleans, LA.  Her main focus is on the power of landscape and its ability to represent a full range of ideas; the reality of beauty, the mundane, a promise of the future, and the unknown. Through visual metaphor, she explores our increasingly stressed and distant relationship to the natural world, attempting in her own way to make nature seem more tame and alluring.  She recently received her M.F.A. from the University of New Orleans.



PAMELA CONWAY CARUSO Pamela Conway caruso
Pam describes herself as a “nature-inspired New Orleans artist.” She is a sixth generation New Orleans native with a varied and expansive career in art, including biological illustration, medical art, freelance advertising (art direction, illustration, graphic design), and art education. Most recently she has focused upon incorporating contemporary, non-traditional printmaking with line art and mixed media, often with whimsy. Besides drawing from nature, Pam's personal interests include photography, gardening and a passionate love of dogs. Learn more HERE.






National Coloring Book Day

We love to celebrate here at the JCC, and we also look for any opportunity to be creative. Join us for a coloring break in The Nosh of the Uptown JCC for National Coloring Book Day on August 2. We’ll have a table with crayons and JCC-themed coloring sheets. Can’t make it to the JCC? Download and print our coloring sheets. We’d love to see your artwork, so be sure to tag us and use hashtag #nojcc on social media!


Finding Your Fit Foods

Creating a lifestyle, rather than a diet, will give you the flexibility to make healthy choices while still enjoying what you eat. Sometimes the hardest part about eating healthfully is simply knowing what will taste good without packing on the pounds. Check out some of the healthy recipes recommended by Metairie Wellness Director Alexis Boudreau to get started and get cooking!


Alon Shaya Lead 2018 Kindness March

New Orleans JCC campers kicked off summer 2018 by spreading kindness at the second annual Kindness March, held June 7 at the Uptown JCC. Famed chef Alon Shaya and his wife Emily, along with the New Creations Brass Band, led the march around the JCC’s historic building on St. Charles Avenue.


JCC Dedicates New Expansion

It was "A Sweet Celebration in Song" on May 24 as the JCC dedicated its new $9 million dollar expansion.  Featuring a performance by Azi Schwartz, the internationally recognized cantor from the Park Avenue Synagogue in New York City, the event brought the community together to celebrate the new addition to the Uptown JCC and recognized and honored the lead donors who made the expansion possible. 


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