Awards and Articles

Recipient of the Danny Barker Keeping the History Alive Award  (2003), the Contemporary Art Center’s SweetART Award (2005), the James Michalopoulos Pirouette Award (2012), Offbeat Magazine's Heartbeat Lifetime Achievement Award (2014) and the Cutting Edge Music Conference’s Lifetime Achievement Award (2016), Pat Jolly is tireless supporter of, and prolific participant in, the music, arts and underground social scenes of New Orleans. A summary of her efforts on behalf of artists, culture-bearers and nonprofit organizations would literally fill pages. She has made her mark as a photographer, arts educator, video producer and promoter of creative talent. She’s hooked up hundreds of New Orleans musicians with festival gigs in Europe; earned production credits on foreign and domestic video programs featuring New Orleans music; and organized and curated, on a volunteer basis, numerous photography and art exhibitions including, in 2004, Improvisation: Musicians as Artists (which featured contributions from over 100 musicians).  In the 1980s, her passion for promoting New Orleans music found an outlet in a self-published weekly music calendar, popularly known as the Jolly Jazz calendar and underwritten by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.  It set a new standard, teaching media outlets (WavelengthWhereOffbeat and WWOZ) the importance of diligently assembled music and event listings. In the 1990s, the calendar evolved into a free community email service still cherished by many 25 years later. For many years, through Young Audiences and the New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD), she ran an innovative summer arts-education program for underprivileged youths. She has applied her love for grassroots community outreach, fundraising and organizing on behalf of the Musicians Clinic, New Orleans Women in Music, Ladyfest and the YeMaYa parade, among others. Volunteering for the Musicians Clinic led to a job there after Hurricane Katrina setting up weekly gigs and finding housing for musicians. For six months beginning in December 2012, and reprised in summer 2016, she produced a weekly free-admission film series entitled NOLAsynchroniCITY, featuring documentaries about New Orleans created by local artists. Jolly is a devoted advocate for the artists, musicians and children of New Orleans.
- Graham Button


Pat Jolly – New Orleans’ “Funtrepreneur” & Cultural Ambassador  (2018)

(most current article including my photos) 
BreakThru Media Magazine Article  March/April 2018 Issue


The advocate as “fun-trepreneur”

(the most extensive article about me including my photos - written 15 years ago)


Cutting Edge Music Conference's Lifetime Achievement Award (2016)

Article by Eric Cager


2014 Lifetime Achievement Heartbeat Award from OffBeat 

Article by Geraldine Wyckoff


James Michalopoulos Pirouette Awards  2012

* Camile Baldassar  * Pat Jolly  * Don Marshal
* Cree McCree * Jason Patterson * Quintron

Pat Jolly is an amazingly tireless supporter of New Orleans music, arts and underground social scenes. She is an unstoppable documentarian, chronicling the fast paced and lively happenings everywhere. She is a warm and loving, upbeat sparkling fairy behind the camera, flitting about at every not to miss scene in town.


Pat Jolly /  CAC SweetART Award 2005

The CAC will honor prominent members of the New Orleans arts community with an awards ceremony and ball set amidst illuminated art installations with musical performances and featuring dishes by local chefs from Atchafalaya, Commander's Palace, Emeril's and more. Guests are encouraged to wear costumes. Admission includes an open bar.
 Contemporary Arts Center, 9 p.m.
900 Camp St., Faubourg Marigny
Tickets: $100 for CAC members, $150 for general admission


Danny Barker "Keeping the History Alive Award" (2003)