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Grégor Trumel, left, consul general of France in Louisiana, honors Amy Kirk Duvoisin as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters

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Grégor Trumel, consul general of France in Louisiana, recently honored Amy Kirk Duvoisin, founder of the Joan of Arc Project, as a Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters . The award was established in 1957 by the minister of culture to recognize those who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and around the world.

“Because of your participation at a prominent level for the promotion and enhancement of French culture and history in New Orleans, and as you are a friend of the art and culture in this beautiful city, because you are a magnetic and dynamic leader, a partner of the consulate and a friend of my country, you deserve to be awarded as a Knight in the Order of the Arts and Letters,” Trumel said.

Prior to moving to New Orleans, Kirk Duvoisin worked as a playwright and teacher in Providence, Rhode Island, where she earned a prestigious New Works grant from the Rhode Island Foundation in 2003 to research, write and produce a play about local nonviolence activists. She has lived in Boston and San Francisco, where she worked as a writer and performer, community organizer, and fundraiser for various nonprofits. She earned a master's degree in English from San Francisco State University in 2002; her plays have been staged in San Francisco, New York, Providence and Chicago.

Kirk Duvoisin moved to New Orleans in 2004, and soon became involved with cultural organizations in the city. She joined the board of the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival and was hired as promotions manager by local publishing company Pelican Publishing Company. In 2007 she became a talk radio producer for “The New Voice of New Orleans”, a local Clear Channel station dedicated at the time to post-Katrina community matters. In addition to producing four talk shows and filling in on-air when needed, she held weekly community forums designed to collect relevant local content.

In 2008 she founded the Joan of Arc Project, dedicated to promoting the story of Joan of Arc and French culture. The first Joan of Arc Parade walked in 2009 on Joan of Arc’s birthday, Jan. 6, Twelfth Night, supported in part by a community arts grant awarded by the Arts Council of New Orleans. 

In her role as Marketing Development Coordinator for the French Market New Orleans from 2009-2017, Kirk-Duvoisin produced special events, festivals and educational series’, and developed numerous partnerships and projects with local organizations, bringing the French Market to a higher level of visibility and relevancy for the local and tourist community. In 2016, she left the French Market to become Education Director for the Louisiana Children’s Museum, as part of its transition team working toward the opening of its new museum in City Park in 2019.