Gia Hamilton is the CEO of the New Orleans African American Museum (NOAAM), a cultural institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the rich history, culture, and contributions of African Americans in New Orleans and beyond.
The museum’s mission is to educate the public about the African American experience through exhibitions, programs, events, and community engagement initiatives. NOAAM focuses on telling the stories of African American individuals and communities, highlighting their achievements, struggles, and contributions throughout history.
In this interview, Gia discusses her journey to becoming CEO and her passion for preserving Black culture and history.
She delves into the challenges of funding for Black-owned institutions and the strategies her museum has employed, including building a strong business infrastructure and securing multi-year investments.
She also highlights the significance of preserving Black spaces and creating a welcoming environment for diverse visitors. Gia also discusses upcoming projects, such as exploring the pre-colonial history of New Orleans, uncovering stories of Black ownership, and renovating the museum’s campus.