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2018 Call for Submissions

January 15, 2018 to March 4, 2018

                            OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 

                                                     January 15 - March 4, 2018

                                                          Exhibition On View

                                                     August 4 - October 6, 2018

The Contemporary Arts Center is pleased to invite contemporary visual artists to submit to this year’s Open Call for Submissions. Artists who live, show work, or have held an artist residency (during the 2017 calendar year) in New Orleans or the surrounding region (within 200 miles of New Orleans city limits) are eligible to apply.   

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2018 Call for Submissions: Teen Exhibition

January 29, 2018 to March 16, 2018

Apply for the 2018 Teen Exhibition! 

                How Do You Create a Portrait of a City? 


We encourage you to think experimentally and critically about the nature of portraiture and welcome submissions in any medium - drawing, painting, sound, photography, animation, film, sculpture, installations, and digital art. We want it all! 

Here are some questions from the Teen Board to help get you started: 

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Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah: Stretch Music

February 21, 2018 to February 23, 2018

Christian Scott, also known as Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (born March 31, 1983, in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a two-time Edison Award winning (2010 and 2012) and Grammy Award nominated trumpeter, composer, producer and music executive.

Scott’s Grammy nominated international recording debut, Rewind That was called “arguably the most remarkable premiere the genre has seen in the last decade” by Billboard Magazine, earning Christian two prominent features on their cover and inclusion in their list of “Ones to Watch in 2006.”

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SweetArts 2018 | Art Unfolds

February 24, 2018

SweetArts is the CAC’s premier annual gala. Since 1984, the CAC has recognized the exceptional and diverse artists, performers, educators, and philanthropists whose influence and contributions shape New Orleans’ arts and culture community.


SweetArts Honorees/Patron Party
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 7-8 pm
The Shop at the Contemporary Arts Center (3rd Floor)

Recognition and remarks by honorees with a reception in the beautifully-renovated Commons at The Shop. Hors d'oeuvres provided by Palate New Orleans and champagne by Grande Krewe.

SweetArts Gala
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8-10 pm
Contemporary Arts Center (1st and 2nd Floors)

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Junebug Productions: Gomela/to return: Movement of Our Mother Tongue

April 20, 2018 to April 21, 2018

Directed by Stephanie McKee and developed by dancers Kesha McKey, Kai Knight, Jeremy Guyton and poet Sunni Patterson, Gomela/to return: Movement of Our Mother Tongue takes us on a journey through time and space. Making evident the connection between Africa, Haiti, and New Orleans, Gomela highlights the vibrant and percussive movements and stories that breathe life into ancient African dance and drumming and contemporary artistic expression, such as spoken word, hip-hop and jazz.

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V-4 Dance Festival

April 25, 2018 to April 26, 2018

The Visegrad Countries – the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia – represent a cultural and political alliance of four Central European countries formed in 1993 to foster their integration into the European Union.

This festival, curated by Laurie Uprichard in association with the Polish Cultural Institute New York and the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU, includes one choreographer/company from each of the countries.

The selected artists/companies and their works are:

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