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Portrait of an Arts Business: Ashley Merlin
Photographer Ashley Merlin recently talked to the Arts Council about publishing her new book, Statuesque New Orleans. In this quick interview, Ashley talks about:
  • The book publishing process.
  • Publicizing her book.
  • Online sales.
  • Working with bookstores.
  • What artists should know before publishing their book.

Check it out!

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NolaFunGuide is now officially!

The Arts Council is proud to report that since launching this project in 2007, weé─˘ve grown to nearly 15,000 site subscribers. But we know we cané─˘t rest on our past success and have been listening to your suggestions on how to improve NolaFunGuide. We set a mission to redevelop the site as ArtsNewOrleansé─ţ to help build community, empowers artists and attract new audiences to the arts.

Take a look and let us know what you think. We would love to hear your suggestions on how we can improve and keep moving forward- because this site is made to work for you. Interested in learning more? See below for details on next weeké─˘s webinar and informational session to learn how to make the site work for you.

Hope you enjoy exploring and continuing to discover our creative culture.  
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Having an Artist Run Gallery Workshop Audio
On May 19th, 2010 artists Kyle Bravo, Tami Curtis Ellis, and Steve Martin joined the Arts Council to present "Having an Artist Run Gallery." The Arts Council is happy to now be able to offer an audio recording of this workshop for free streaming.

Items discussed include:

  • Taking the plunge to open your own space.
  • Financing your art gallery.
  • Finding the right location.
  • The workings of an artist co-op.
  • Marketing your artist run gallery.
  • Planning gallery openings and events.
  • And more!
To listen to the audio, please click here.

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Funding for this event was provided in part by grants from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.  
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The Percent For Art Program Selects New Public Art Project for Coliseum Square
The Arts Council of New Orleans, on behalf of the City of New Orleansé─˘ Percent For Art Program, is pleased to announce the selection of a new sculpture to be created specifically for Coliseum Square. The proposal: Birth of a Muse, by local sculptor Kim Bernadas, was selected by a panel of neighborhood representatives, an artist, architect, landscape designer and public art expert.

The new sculpture will be a cast bronze figure representing one of the nine muses who are the namesakes of the Lower Garden District neighborhood. When the piece is installed on Terpsichore St. it will create another entrance point to the park guarded by a strong female figure; like Margaret Haughery at the Clio St. entrance, and Sophie Wright at the Uptown end of the park system.

The budget for the new sculpture is $30,000.  
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Americans for the Arts Releases National Arts Index
The National Arts Index is a highly-distilled annual measure of the health and vitality of arts in the U.S. using 76 national-level indicators of arts and culture activity. This report covers an 11-year period, from 1998 to 2008. This National Arts Index encompasses one of the largest collections of data on arts and culture in the U.S. ever assembled. The information has been gathered from reputable government and private sector sources and covering multiple industries--nonprofit and for-profit arts organizations, artists, funding and investment, employment, attendance and personal creation, and much more. Click here to download the pdf
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Celebrate the beauty of Louisiana while supporting the Arts Council

Subscribe to Louisiana Homes and Gardens Magazine and a portion of your subscription will go the Arts Council! Every issue of Louisiana Homes & Gardens features a Louisiana celebrity chef, historic homes and fantastic articles about antiques, artisans, and more. When you subscribe, you are making a difference in our states presentation to the world. Subscribe Here 
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Thanks to Our Funders! Your Support Impacts the Cultural Community
We believe the arts are essential to the life of the community. And, we are thankful to the foundations and individuals that fund our projects during 2009-2010.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation funded the Art in Public Places installations, 19 artworks displayed in New Orleans. The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and Joan Mitchell Foundation provide support for our Art Business Program workshops and webinars. RosaMary Foundation continues to fund the Artists as Entrepreneur course. Our monthly Arts Market at Palmer Park receives funds from New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation for music programs and from Target for kidé─˘s activities. Our award-winning ELLA Project, which provides pro-bono legal services to artists, receives funding from the Greater New Orleans Foundation Community Impact Program and the Louisiana State Bar Association. We are pleased that the Greater Philadelphia Culture Alliance and the Pew Charitable Trusts fund NOLAFun Guide, which is currently adding new features to create a world-class platform for our New Orleansé─˘ artistic community.

Operating support is possible with the generous help of the Azby Fund, the Zemurray Foundation, and numerous individual donors. With the confidence and commitment of our funders, the Arts Council of New Orleans continues to serve the cultural economy of New Orleans.  
Trademark Webinar Available On Demand

You can now stream the Arts Council's Trademark webinar for free over your computer. Presented by ELLA Project Supervising Attorney Ashlye Keaton, this webinar is approximately 25 minutes and addresses:

  • The difference between copyright and trademark
  • Reasons for securing your trademark
  • The difference between State and Federal Trademarks
  • The Trademark registration process
  • Trademark Infringement, and the legal remedies

To view this webinar, please click here

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This workshop is funded with support from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation  
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Saving a treasure é─ýTeamwork at ité─˘s best

Left to right: Senator David Heitmeier, Council Member at Large Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, McKay Lodge Conservators (Bob Lodge and Marcin Pikus ), Lieutenant Governor Mitch Landrieu, and Interim Director/CEO of the Arts Council of New Orleans Mary Len Costa.

Starting in September 2006, the Arts Council has been monitoring and convening interested parties to save a treasured artwork in Algiers. Now, State, City and non-profit agencies have all rallied together to ensure the work will be enjoyed by future generations. Located on a building slated for demolition, this beautiful mosaic was created in 1963 by renowned artist Conrad Albrizio. Professional conservators from the McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory are currently preparing the piece for removal and storage until it can be reinstalled in the newly built mental health facility in 2012.

For more information on Conrad Albrizio, please click here

For a photo of the mural, please click here 
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