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Job Opening: CAC Seeks Curator of Visual Arts

The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) seeks a permanent, full-time, benefits-eligible Curator of Visual Arts, reporting to the Director and CEO.

WHO WE ARE The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is a multi-disciplinary contemporary arts center, financially stable and professionally managed, which is dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time. It expresses its mission by organizing world class curated exhibitions; through a multi-disciplinary schedule of live performances and public programs; and by educating and enlarging audiences for the arts while encouraging collaboration among diverse stakeholders composed of artists, institutions, communities, and supporters throughout the world.

The CAC was formed in the fall of 1976 as a non-collecting organization by a passionate group of artists when the prescient movement to tear down the aesthetic barriers between the performing and visual arts was active nationwide. Housed in a four-story, 80,000 square foot building with two adjacent 10,000 square foot warehouses the CAC boasts among its many physical assets a 210 seat flexible theater as well as 11,000 square feet of exhibition spaces.

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Watershed Moment in American Performing Arts:
Arts Council of New Orleans adds Circus Arts as an explicit category for arts funding

Arts Council of New Orleans and Circus Now, a national organization dedicated to promoting and progressing the circus arts in America, are proud to announce “circus arts” as a new form of artistic eligibility on the upcoming Arts Council 2014 New Orleans artist grant applications. The Arts Council of New Orleans will be the first US arts council to adopt such a category, which signals New Orleans interest in becoming a nationwide leader in circus performance and practice.

According to grant documentation, circus artists will now be eligible to apply for project support through the City of New Orleans’ Community Arts Grants program, wherein the circus arts are defined as “a form of performing art in which the instrument of artistic expression is the body's precise movement, which is based on circus technique and is combined with objects or instruments from a circus discipline.” Other countries, including Finland and France, as well as the province of Quebec, have made similar funding adjustments to recognize the validity of the circus as a performing art and support the creation of emerging artistic circus.

"For forty years now, the circus in America has been booming as an art and a social practice. The decision by the Arts Council marks a new stage in legitimacy for the art," Duncan Wall, Circus Now National Director said. "It's concrete proof that America is waking up to the idea that circus isn't dance, and it isn't theater, that there are completely unique possibilities for it as an art form."

The announcement comes in the midst of a surge in circus practice and performance, both in America and abroad. Around the country, over 1,000 programs now offer circus arts training. Prestigious venues, including BAM and the Spoleto Festival, have added creative circus programming.

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Arts Council seeks Volunteer Grant Review Panelists

The Arts Council of New Orleans is seeking volunteers to serve as Grants Review Panelists. Panelists will be expected to read grant applications online and to attend and participate in a panel meeting to determine funding recommendations. Panelists should have a strong, unbiased knowledge in the arts and be familiar with the community in which they live. Panelists must live in one of the following parishes: Assumption, Lafourche, Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist or Terrebonne. The panel will be chosen by the Arts Council of New Orleans to reflect the geographic and ethnic make-up of the region, as well as reflect the communities served and the various arts disciplines. Board Members of non-profit agencies are encouraged to volunteer.

In order to nominate someone or for a self-nomination, please Download the Panelist Nomination Form and send it to:

Arts Council of New Orleans
935 Gravier St, Suite 850
New Orleans, LA 70113
Fax: 504-529-2430
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Call for Artists: Faubourg Lafitte Housing Community Request for Qualifications
The Public Art Program of the Arts Council of New Orleans announces a commission for artwork. Supported through funds provided through the Faubourg Lafitte Redevelopment.

Eligibility: Must reside or have gallery representation in Orleans Parish. Preference will be given to artists with a history of living or working in the surrounding neighborhood.
Budget: $50,000
Application Deadline: May 5, 2014
Download full instructions: Be sure to download and read the full Call to Artists before applying.
Apply here:
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Art Opening: The latest purchases for the City Art Collection

Please join the City of New Orleans and the Arts Council of New Orleans on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 4-6 pm at the Exchange Gallery (935 Gravier St) for a reception to celebrate the Percent for Art Program’s recent Direct Purchase of original artwork to hang in newly opened police and fire stations in Orleans Parish. You and your precinct are invited to a reception to meet the artists and select works to be professionally installed in your facility.

FEATURING WORK BY: Sally Caraway – Hannah Chalew – Rachel David – Dawn DeDeaux – Joshua Duncan Clifford Etienne – Adam Farrington – Andrea Ferguson – Jan Gilbert Carol Hallock – Ben Hamburger – Jason Jones – Frahn Koerner Zach J. Lawson – Jenny LeBlanc – Kathleen Loe – Shirley Masinter Carol Scott – Ann Schwab – Billy Solitario – Dan Tague – Michel Varisco

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Arts Council of New Orleans, Baton Rouge Team Up to offer Artist as Entrepreneur
The Arts Council of New Orleans is excited to be partnering with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge to bring it’s Artist as Entrepreneur Program for advancing visual artists to Baton Rouge. This eight week, 20 hour program created by the Arts Council of New Orleans works with you to develop a career plan for your creative business. Working with a combination of lecture and small work groups, the program takes artists through the development of marketing materials, basic finance, web and social media development, and career outlets such as galleries, museums, markets, and public art. The program starts Tuesday, April 15th, and the deadline to apply to the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is April 1st.

For more information, and an application, please click here.

Want to take Artist as Entrepreneur in New Orleans? Don't worry, a New Orleans Program will be offered in the Fall.

This program is supported in part by funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.  
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Arts Council 2015 Grant Deadline

The deadline to submit applications for FY2015 grants through the Arts Council of New Orleans' Online Granting System is before midnight on May 15, 2014. Grants are available for arts activities to take place in Assumption, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptiste and Terrebonne Parishes between October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015 through the Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding Program. Grants are also available for arts activities to take place in Orleans Parish during the 2015 calender year through the Community Arts Grants Program. LINKS TO GUIDELINES, AN ONLINE MANUAL AND THE ONLINE APPLICATIONS ARE BELOW.

Grant workshops outlining program requirements and giving tips on how to submit a competitive application will be held in each parish in which grants are provided. These webinars can be accessed by clicking here.

Please read the guidelines carefully and refer to the Online Granting System Applicant User Manual before starting an application. The Online Granting System Applicant User Manual will instruct you on how to use the online system and complete the online application - we recommend that you print it out. You should also print PDFs of the application forms (you are interested in completing) to consider questions before completing them.

This is the first year that the Arts Council of New Orleans is accepting grant applications through its online system and NOT requiring copies of applications. Applications must be signed electronically.

Links to Grant Guidelines, the Online Granting System Applicant User Manual, the Online Application Forms and a List of Grant Workshop Dates are provided below:

Decentralized Guidelines - Greater New Orleans Region: Orleans, Jefferson & Plaquemines Parishes

Decentralized Guidelines - Houma Region: Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, and Terrebonne Parishes

Community Arts Grants Guidelines - Orleans Parish

Online Granting System Applicant User Manual

The ONLINE GRANT APPLICATIONS are available by clicking here.

Grant Workshop Dates

Louisiana Decentralized Arts Funding Program grants are made possible with state funding through the Louisiana Division of the Arts. Community Arts Grants are made possible with funding from the City of New Orleans.

Questions should be addressed to Joycelyn Reynolds, Artist Services Associate Director, at 504-595-8471 or through email at Joycelyn Reynolds OR Gene Meneray, Artist Services Director, at 504-218-8869 or through email at Gene Meneray
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Tiffany Adler Named Arts Council Board Chair
Arts Council of New Orleans today names E. Tiffany Adler as Chair of the Board of Directors. In this position Adler will support the Arts Council’s work to facilitate awareness and investment in the role that arts and culture play in advancing civic life.

A member of the Arts Council board since 2011, Adler has played a leading role in the Arts Council’s most public community events. She has served as Chair of the 2012 Community Arts Awards, an annual celebration honoring lifetime and exceptional achievement in the arts, in addition to developing Lux Lounge, which premiered in 2013 as the official Dirty Linen, One Hot Night after party.

“Tiffany brings a transformative vision to Art Council, recognizing the community-wide benefit of public art in the new proposed airport and as part of a healthy environment in our new hospitals,” Arts Council President and CEO Kim Cook said. “She is equally committed to grassroots cultural activities, which she demonstrates through her passion for Hollygrove Market and participation as a musician in New Orleans Concert Band.” Continued »
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Become an Arts Council Member

Hello folks, meet Dolita Brown. You may recognize Dolita’s welcoming smile from the Arts Market information tent or, up until a few weeks ago, from her post at the front of the Arts Council office. You may have thought Dolita was our receptionist— but she is so much more to the Arts Council.

As Membership Manager, Dolita has revamped our membership program and boldly set a goal to DOUBLE ARTS COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.

Why this year? We have a new CEO and lots of ideas for enhancing the local arts community so we think there’s no better time to welcome new friends into the Arts Council. And besides, as patient and sweet as Dolita is, she’s a real go-getter and thinks it’s about time that folks realized how cool the Arts Council really is.

We need your help to reach Dolita’s goal. Over the next few weeks we will introduce you to our newly expanded staff, let you know what we’re up to and share our reasons to gain your support. So whether you’ve lapsed in membership or never signed up before, we hope you plan to join the Arts Council as an official member in 2014. After all, who couldn’t use a few more friends?

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Support the Arts!
Support of the Arts Council helps grow our cultural economy.

Arts Entrepreneur $75

  • Invitation to members-only events
  • Access to Riverland Credit Union
  • Arts Council Resource Center access

Arts Enthusiast $150

  • One free annual use of the Arts Council Conference Room
  • One Community Arts Awards Patron Ticket

Arts Patron $250

  • Two Community Arts Awards Patron Tickets
  • Name entered in quarterly gift basket drawing
  • $25 Arts Market Dollars
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