The Arts Council of New Orleans is a private, non-profit organization designated as the City‚Äôs official arts agency. Now in its 36th year, the Arts Council serves as one of eight regional distributing agencies for state arts funds and administers available municipal arts grants and the Percent For Art program for the City of New Orleans.
The Arts Council works in partnership with the City of New Orleans, community groups, local, state, and national governmental agencies, and other nonprofit arts organizations to meet the arts and cultural needs of the New Orleans community through a diversity of initiatives and services.To view a printable list of the 2013 Board of the Arts Council of New Orleans please click here.
We believe the arts are essential to the life of the community. It is the mission of the Arts Council of New Orleans to support and to expand the opportunities for diverse artistic expression and to bring the community together in celebration of our rich multi-cultural heritage.
The Arts Council provides Cultural Planning, Advocacy, Public Art, Economic Development, Arts Education, Marketing, and Grant and Service Initiatives focused on its vision of New Orleans as a flourishing international center for arts and culture.WHAT WE DO
Advocate for positive public sector, business and foundation policies and funding priorities at the local, state, and federal levels on behalf of arts and cultural interests.
Administer grants programs to help increase access to city, state, and private funds to organizations and artists in the greater New Orleans metropolitan area. Serve as one of eight regional regranting agencies for the Louisiana Division of the Arts.
Administer the Percent for the Art Program for the City of New Orleans and place art in the public venue as a positive contributor to the visual landscape to create a ‚Äúsense of place‚Äů that preserves and strengthens our city‚Äôs identity not only for our citizens but for the world beyond our borders.
Provide services through the Arts Business Program to individual artists, start-up arts businesses, and non-profits through business and career planning, monthly business development workshops, pro-bono legal assistance, collaborative arts marketing projects such as the NOLA Arts & Culture Big List and group health insurance to arts businesses and non-profits.
Showcase the Visual Arts through our Monthly Arts Market of New Orleans. Held the last Saturday of every month at Palmer Park, the Arts Market features handmade art from some of the city‚Äôs finer artists, food, music, and more.
- Present ArtsNewOrleans.org, a comprehensive centralized events calendar of arts and cultural activities for the Greater New Orleans area.
Conduct the Annual Community Arts Awards to honor organizations and individuals for steadfast dedication and outstanding contributions to the arts and culture;