The New Orleans Mint Performing Arts Center is a 200-seat theater located on the third floor of the Louisiana State Museum's Old US Mint facility. This performance space boasts full capabilities for the production, recording and web broadcasting of live music and theatrical performances, and as well for lectures, symposia, oral histories, video interviews, and curatorial panels.
The mission of LSM's Mint is twofold: first, to collect, preserve and interpret buildings, documents, and artifacts that reveal Louisiana's history and culture; second, to present those items through innovative technological means to educate, enlighten, and provide enjoyment for the people of Louisiana and its visitors. As a performance space with excellent acoustics, "the Mint" serves the LSM's mission both culturally and technologically.
In recent years, the LSM has broadened the music collecting activities of the Mint to include all aspects of Louisiana's musical history. This new strategy has led to new collection materials in a vast range of musical genres: big band/swing, blues, brass bands, Cajun, classical, contemporary jazz, country, dance bands, funk, gospel, marching bands, Native American music, rhythm and blues, rock, soul, and zydeco.
The LSM now conducts digitization of its audio collections in the Mint studio. This includes the digitization of the LSM's internationally recognized Jazz Collection.
The Mint provides the LSM with the opportunity to link our collected artifacts and exhibits with the living musical and folk traditions of the region through creative programming and web streaming.