Allison “Big Chief Tootie” Montana

   The Allison Montana Institute of Art, Culture, and Tradition (AMIACT) was established by Faces of Culture to document, educate, exhibit, preserve, and celebrate authentic traditions of New Orleans indigenous people of color. The Institute is named after the legendary Chief of Chiefs, the late Allison “Big Chief Tootie” Montana. The construction of the free-standing, state-of-the-art multimedia cultural facility in Historic Fauboug Treme will serve as the cornerstone and cultural and business renaissance catalyst of Treme and North Claiborne Avenue.  The location of this project is considered a highly charged space and place of international significance, as a point of origin for countless genres of music, cultural expressions, and the heart of Carnival in the African American community. Once constructed, AMIACT will enhance the quality of life for the local community by offering a venue, validation and a geographic center for the study and celebration of century-old traditions.

  Mission Statement: AMIACT’s mission is to document, preserve, conserve, present, and celebrate authentic history of community and culture.

 Objective Statement: The Allison Montana Institute of Art, Culture, and Tradition programmatic objectives will promote and facilitate the creation of projects that are based on the interest and needs of the community-at-large while also allowing for a challenging experience and results that can be measured by standards of traditional scholarship. 


1) Secure funding and financial support .

2) Construction and opening of a free-standing, state-of-the-art museum and multimedia cultural facility. 

3) Growth of the AMIACT through the acquisition of books, scholarly papers, private collections, artifacts, video recordings and other media archives.

4) Development and implementation of public education programs and workshops.

5) Develop a fiscal structure that is self-sustaining.

6) Provide a platform and resource for investigating African and Latin American cultures.

7) Contribute to the overall quality of life for Treme’/7th Ward neighborhoods and the City of New Orleans.

© Curtis Pierre 2015