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Announcing LUNA Fête
The Arts Council New Orleans’ newest initiative, LUNA Fête is a large-scale, open-air video and sound installation as well as a celebration of our arts community’s concurrent activities and events.

LUNA Fête’s centerpiece will be a breathtaking video mapping installation by French artist team La Maison Productions made for, and about, New Orleans. LUNA Fête 2014 will be your first-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see it; the piece was created specifically to project onto the iconic columns and contours of Gallier Hall. Projections will take place twice nightly (7 pm and 7:30 pm) beginning November 30 and culminating on December 6.  Continued »
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Announcing 2014 Community Arts Award Honorees
The Community Arts Awards is the Arts Council’s annual event in honor of outstanding individual and organizational contributions to our cultural community. In this year’s 2014 iteration – the 38th year of the event – attendees should expect the unexpected in familiar places at Mardi Gras World.

This year’s honorees were selected for their artistic excellence, inspired vision, unique achievements, perseverance, and continuous commitment to the arts and to their local communities. They are:

Young Men Olympian Junior Benevolent Association (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Zion Harmonizers (Lifetime Achievement Award)

A Studio in the Woods

Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane

Chief Howard Miller

Jeanne Nathan

Arthur Roger

More information below.

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Fat City Mural Project
Fat City Friends and Mural Selection Committee have chosen the Arts Council of New Orleans to coordinate the murals that will be painted in the neighborhood. These organizations believe the murals will attract visitors and businesses to the area which have consequently benefited the local economy. Fat City Friends, Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and the Jefferson Parish Council want to support and celebrate this inspired energy by continuing to promote the arts locally and beyond. The project is being funded by Council District Tourism Funds from Councilwoman Cynthia Lee-Sheng.

The murals will be located on the highly visible walls of restaurants, retail stores, residential locations and various other Fat City businesses spread throughout the community. The murals, though not related by a common theme, will create a visual identity that unifies the neighborhood, catches the attention of residents and visitors, and inspires creative thought.

The Arts Council is currently compiling a list of potential mural artists from our Visual Artist Registry and from the proposals already submitted to Fat City Friends through the initial RFQ process. If you would like to be added to the list please contact Morgana King via email by August 21, 2014:  
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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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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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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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