Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 7:00pm

Tickets & Registration

Super VIP Package ($3,000)

  • 6 tickets to the SweetArts Patron Party and Gala
  • Reserved seating for 6
  • 1 Complimentary parking space 
  • Listing on printed and digital SweetArts 2018 Gala promotional materials

VIP Package ($1,500)

  • 4 tickets to the SweetArts Patron Party and Gala
  • Reserved seating for 4
  • Listing on printed and digital SweetArts 2018 Gala promotional materials

Patron Ticket     

  • $250 per person | CAC Member
  • $300 per person | General Admission
  • Admission for one to the SweetArts Patron Party (7 pm start time), Gala, and Late Night Party

Gala Ticket

  • $100 per person CACMember
  • $150 per person | General Admission
  • Admission for one to the SweetArts Gala (8 pm start time) and Late Night Party

Late Night Party Ticket

  • $50 per person
  • Admission for one to the SweetArts Late Night Party (10 pm start time) 



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 reception and special pop-up performance 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)

An evening of interactive contemporary art experiences and pop-up performances throughout the CAC’s Besthoff Building, with cuisine and cocktails from local restaurants, a contemporary art auction, music by Lil Jodeci, and last chance to view Prospect.4.

*Artful Attire*

SweetArts Late Night Party
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 10pm-Midnight
CAC Warehouse

The party continues with live music by local band CoolNasty, dancing, dessert, cocktails and after-hours fun.


Arts Education Bard Early College New Orleans
Performing Arts Urban Bush Women
Philanthropy Michael Schneider and James Dunne of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann
Visual Arts Trevor Schoonmaker

For full bios of each honoree click here


Patron Party and Gala Chairs: Kristi & Erik Johnsen and Christa & Matt Schwartz

Late Night Party Chairs: David T. Baker and Sayde F. Finkel

Casey & Luis Banos, Judy Barrasso; Dawn Barrios; Jessie J. Bergeron; Walda & Sydney Besthoff; Danielle Boveland; Debbie Brockley; Nicole Carr; Martine Chaisson; Rebecca Cooley; Amanda Credeur; Lisa Brooking Davis & Bennett K. Davis; Oliver Doxtater; Suzanne & Steve Dumez; Krystle Ferbos; Lauren Ferrand; Micah Fincher; Jessica Foreman; Andrew Freeman; Jeff Good; Holley Haag; Queta Beasley Harris; Caroline Hayes; Jessie Schott Haynes; Trevor Haynes; Emma Herr; Elizabeth Hyman; David E. Kavanagh;  Beth Lambert; Leslie & Leo Marsh; Crystal & Todd McDonald; Stephanie McKee; Barbara & Biff Motley; Judith Oudt; Victoria Adams Phipps; Gregg A. Porter; Ernesto Posadas; Leo Radosta; Charlotte Reiss; Staci Rosenberg; Jennifer Rowland; Heidi Schmalbach; Robyn Dunn Schwarz; Rhonda Sharkawy; Nathalie Simon; Alphonse Smith; Peggy Stafford; Ricardo Thomas; Hank L. Torbert; Lauren Trostorff & Tyler Robinson; M.K. Wegmann; Gretchen Wheaton; Kendall Winingder & Patrick Schindler; Leo Yanez


Lead Sponsors: AOS Interior Environments; Arcadia Marine; Corporate Realty; Domain Cos.; Phelps Dunbar; Premium Parking

Super VIP Sponsors: Judy Barrasso & Brent Barriere; Sydney & Walda Besthoff; Cox Communications; Felicity Property Co.; Pan-American Life Insurance Group; Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann

VIP Sponsors: Bernhard MCC; Valerie Besthoff; Debbie Brockley & Jonathan Red; Downtown Development District New Orleans; Entergy; Eskew+ Dumez+ Ripple; Leslie & Jonathan Fawer/ Robyn & Andrew Schwarz; First Bank & Trust; The Helis Foundation; IBERIABANK; Jones Walker; Liberty Bank; Palmisano; Virginia & John Rowan

In-Kind Sponsors: Presenting Media Sponsor The New Orleans AdvocateGrand Krewe; Palate New Orleans; Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits; The Louisiana Weekly


For sponsorship information, please contact Beth Lavin at blavin@cacno.org or 504-528-3805.



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