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 CAC Member
$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) 

The CAC is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. 
A portion of your SweetArts tickets is tax-deductible.



The organizational successor to the Free Southern Theater, Junebug Productions is a producer and presenter of artistic works that question and confront inequitable conditions that have historically impacted the African American community. For more information please visit:www.junebugproductions.org

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)

Art and entertainment throughout the CAC's Besthoff Building, with cuisine and cocktails from local restaurants; contemporary art auction featuring 35 local artists; performances by Helen Gillet, Lil Jodeci, and Crescent City Aerial Arts; Poetics of Self: Portrait of the Moment, a photography and poetry pop-up by Jose Cotto and Cubs the Poet; and a last chance to view Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp.

*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.

SweetArts 2018 Restaurants
Alto; Crêpes à la Cart; The Daily Beet; Doris Metropolitan; Greek Girls Rice Pudding; Green To Go; Josephine Estelle; Liberty's Kitchen; LMNO at Le Meridien; Nirvana Indian Cuisine; Paloma Cafe; Poof Cotton Candy; Poke Loa; Seaworthy; Sucré

Cocktails generously provided by Southern Glazer’s, Newton Vineyard and Revelator Coffee Company.

SweetArts 2018 Contemporary Art Auction

View the auction and place your bids at https://501auctions.com/sweetarts

Bidding for this year's SweetArts Contemporary Art Auction can all be done on your smart device prior to and during the event! We will also have on-site staff at SweetArts to assist you in bidding. Be sure to check out the great works installed on the CAC’s ramp between the first and second floors.

Auction closes on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 9:45pm CST.


Aaron Collier; Ana Hernandez; Avery Lawrence; Bonnie Maygarden; Brian St. Cyr; Carlton Scott Sturgill; Charles Lovell; Chris Bernsten; Dan Rule; David Bordett; Elizabeth Shannon; Gretchen Wheaton;  Jennifer Odem; Jenny Day; Jesse Shamon; Joseph P. Walton; Karoline Schleh; Kristin Meyers; Luca Falcone Custom Clothiers; Lyla Clayre; Mallory Page; Marianne Desmarais; Marjorie Pierson; Mary Jane Parker; Michelle Swafford; Norah Lovell; Nurhan Gokturk; Peter Barnitz; Rontherin Ratliff; Shawn Hall; Sidone Villere; Skylar Fein; Teresa Cole; and the Ace Hotel Retailers (FREDA, Friend and The Parker Barber)


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 / Belladonna Day Spa; Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann

Super VIP Sponsors: Judy Barrasso & Brent Barriere; Sydney & Walda Besthoff; Cox Communications; Anna & Scott Dunbar; Felicity Property Co.; Pan-American Life Insurance Group

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; Junebug Productions; Liberty Bank; Gregory Morey/Staci Rosenberg; Barb & Biff Motley; Palmisano; Regions Bank; Virginia & John Rowan; Stirling Properties

In-Kind Sponsors: Presenting Media Sponsor The New Orleans Advocate; Badass Balloon Co.; Event Rental; Grande Krewe; Newton; Palate New Orleans; Propaganda Group, Inc.; 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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