SweetArts 2016 is a prelude to the CAC’s 40th Anniversary Season. The event pays homage to the art, culture, and energy of the decade in which the CAC was founded—the 1970’s.
Presented for more than 30 years, SweetArts is a premier gala that supports the CAC’s mission to present diverse and exciting multidisciplinary arts programming, and that honors significant donors and artists for their recent contributions to the CAC and the local arts community.
Attire—1970s Chic. Costumes encouraged.
SweetArts 2016 Party Events
6:30pm–8pm SweetArts Patron Party
• Champagne bar provided by Grand Krewe
• 70s inspired cuisine by Palate New Orleans
• A toast to our 2016 SweetArts Honorees
• VIP Patron Lounge open throughout the evening
8pm–11pm SweetArts Main Event
• Disco Throwback with Anaïs St. John Join one of our city's premiere jazz vocalists for an unforgettable night of dancing to 70s soul and disco hits. This high energy dance show will take you back to the days when Disco reigned supreme and Donna Summer was the Queen.
• In the CAC Galleries Last chance to view Jacqueline Humphries and James Hoff: B=R=I=C=K=I=N=G exhibitions
• Open Bar and Cuisine by Atchafalaya, Audubon Nature Institute Catering, Blue Crab, Brennan's, Crêpes à la Cart, Greek Girls, Green To Go, Marie's Fleur de Lis Catering, Napoleon House, Nirvana, Pigéon Caterers, Reginelli's, Rollin' Fatties, St. Lawrence, & Wayfare
9pm–11pm SweetArts Late Night Party
• DJ set by Bouffant Bouffant
• Food Trucks, Open Bar, and Dessert
Special Offer from Uber:
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Special Offer from Old No. 77 Hotel: Stay Downtown for SweetArts
Reduced rate of $247 on Saturday, February 27
SweetArts 2016 Honorees
Philanthropist Françoise Billion Richardson
Visual Artist Jacqueline Humphries
Performing Artist CCH Pounder
Arts Educator Jill Basile Hitchins
Françoise Billion Richardson (1926–2012) was an inspirational philanthropic force in the City of New Orleans. An avid volunteer and a dedicated supporter of the arts, Richardson was a luminary whose work made a significant impact on the Contemporary Arts Center, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and many other charities. A native of France, Richardson was honored as a Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres—the highest award given by the French Ministry of Culture—for her work as a French cultural ambassador in the United States. In 2015, the CAC was notified it had been made a beneficiary of Richardson’s estate. In recognition of that final act of support, we seek to honor her memory and continue her legacy.
Jacqueline Humphries is a New Orleans native who lives and works in New York City. Her work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and resides in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Tate Modern, London; Albright-Knox Art Gallery; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. Her latest exhibition, Jacqueline Humphries, was commissioned by the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, and is on view at the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans until February 28, 2016.
Award-winning actress CCH Pounder was born in Georgetown, British Guyana, and grew up in England before moving to the United States in the early 1970’s. She went on to graduate from Ithaca College and immediately launched an acting career. Pounder first gained notice in her feature film debut, 1979's All That Jazz. Since then, she has gone on to a steady career in both film and television including such projects as Bagdad Café, Face/Off, End of Days, Orphan, Law & Order: SVU, The X-Files, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Warehouse 13, Sons of Anarchy, and Avatar. She is widely recognized for her Emmy ® nominated roles on ER and The Shield. In addition, she received a Grammy® Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album. Pounder is currently appearing on the CBS series, NCIS: New Orleans. An advocate for the arts, Pounder has nourished emerging visual artists through the Pounder Koneʹ Art Space in Los Angeles and the Musee Boribana in Senegal. In addition to serving as a mentor and supporter of the performing and visual arts in New Orleans, Pounder has served as a dedicated and energetic advocate in the community and media for the CAC’s performing and visual arts programs.
Jill Basile Hitchins is a music teacher for St. Michael’s School who, in 2006, founded the CAC program to make the Summer Arts Camp accessible to students with special needs. Since that summer, Hitchins has worked with CAC staff and teaching artists to integrate meaningful artistic experiences into the program, thereby opening the doors for students who would otherwise be excluded from this opportunity. With 37 years of teaching experience, Hitchins holds a Master's degree in Education and is a recognized specialist in behavior therapy education. Hitchins directs and choreographs school-based theatrical productions, and teaches in the Emeril Lagasse Culinary Center at St. Michael Special School where she currently serves as its singing instructor and Music Director of the Bell and Vocal Choirs.
SweetArts 2016 Committee
Co-Chairs: MaryBeth Guarisco, Jim Mounger, Judith Oudt, Gregg Porter, Julie & Dr. David Silvers
Christopher Alfieri, Lisa Arrington, Holly Barnett, Judy Barrasso & Brent Barriere, Dawn Barrios, Raine Bedsole, Elizabeth Beller, Vivian Cahn, Leslie Castay & Bryan Burkey, Sandra & Joel Chaisson, Brian Chamberlain, Dr. Michele Cooper, Suzanne & Steve Dumez, Dr. Heber Dunaway, Leslie & Jonathan Fawer, Charles Franks, Ingrid Garvey, Susan Gisleson, Holley Haag, Mollie Herman, Molly Homler, Andrea & Jeffrey Huseman, David Kavanagh, Elesha Kelleher, Beth Lambert, Lory Lockwood, Jeannie McKeogh, Cindy & Bill Metcalf, Barbara Motley, Jeanne Nathan, Virginia Nelson, Julie Wise Oreck, Sara Paradis, Weezie Porter, Leo Radosta, Staci Rosenberg, Jennifer Rowland, Morrie Sandler, Robyn & Andrew Schwarz, Elizabeth Shannon, Rhonda Sharkawy, Peggy Stafford, Jim Swanson, Ashley Price Swanson, Gretchen & Rodger Wheaton
Sweet Arts 2016 Young Friends Committee
Co-Chairs: Crystal & Todd McDonald, Kendall Winingder & Patrick Schindler
Bryan Bailey, Casey & Luis Banos, Bridget & Jason Burns, Lindsey Calla & Kris Koller, Jenny & Jack Carey, Caitlin Carrere, Myles Carrere, Porter Carrere, Anna & Timothy Cavnar, Katie Robichaux Crosby, Krystle Ferbos, Andrew Freeman, Elizabeth Hefler, Emma Herr, Gabrielle & Chris Mangum, Brandon Nelson, Stella Radosta, Tanya & Earl Robinson, Kelly Juneau Rookard & Matt Rookard, Alli Rosales, Kristi Trail, Margaret Villere