March 20, 2020

CAC Cancels Spring Performing Arts Season, Turns Focus Towards Supporting Local Artists & Cultural Sector - March 20, 2020

 In an effort to reduce the impact and spread of COVID-19, the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans announced today the cancellation of its Spring 2020 performing arts season including Aurora Nealand and Goat in the Road’s KindHumanKind (April 8, 9, 10, 11, 15 & 17);  Daymé Arocena (May 2); and Kyle Abraham/A.I.M. (May 8-9). In consultation with its Board of Directors, key stakeholders, and artists, the safety and health of the CAC’s guests, staff, artists, volunteers, and community are and always will be its highest priority. Ticket buyers will be contacted directly by email. 

Performing Arts Director & Curator Laurie Uprichard notes “This is a sad time as the heart of our season was about to take place with the reprise of KindHumanKind, the presentation of Daymé Arocena in association with CubaNOLA, and the return of Kyle Abraham/A.I.M -- extraordinary artists and performances that we were so proud to be able to offer to our audiences.  But we join our colleagues around the world in encouraging you to partake of cultural offerings online and to hurry back when we reopen. There is nothing that can take the place of live performance.”

The CAC temporarily closed its galleries, theater, and warehouse spaces on Monday, March 16, in coordination with the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in adherence with the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control, Louisiana Department of Public Health, and the City of New Orleans.

The CAC remains steadfast in its commitment and support of performing and visual artists, and we invite artists to view the CAC’s Online Artist Resource Center at for a list of resources during this extremely trying time. The CAC encourages artists to check this page regularly, as it will be continuously updated with new resources as they become available.

As the CAC works to support the arts and cultural community of New Orleans during this time of crisis, its staff and Board of Directors continue to plan future programming, including the CAC’s Summer 2020 Gulf South Open Call Exhibition Make America What America Must Become, Hancock Whitney White Linen Night,  Performing and Visual Artist Residencies; and in the fall, Prospect.5, SWEETARTS 2020 Gala, and KM Dance Project’s Raw Fruit, among other programs. The CAC staff and board look forward to welcoming back its patrons, artists, members, and volunteers as soon as possible.

The COVID-19 crisis is having a serious impact on artists, culture bearers, and the organizations that support them. The CAC’s staff is working remotely to steady operations for artists and support workers who are financially vulnerable. If you are able, please consider making a donation to the CAC today to bolster these efforts.

The CAC is continuously monitoring this rapidly-evolving situation and is paying close attention to updates and guidelines issued by federal, state, and local officials. Follow the CAC at, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, for the latest information about community resources and the CAC’s plans to reopen.




New Orleans Museums Jointly Announce Closures - March 15, 2020

NEW ORLEANS: The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) have decided to temporarily close our doors starting Monday, March 16, 2020 to aid in the prevention of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

We are motivated to act together in accordance with instructions from our state and local government regarding one of the most effective measures for preventing the spread of the virus, which is social distancing. This joint decision was made with the safety of our community in mind—our staff, visitors, artists, volunteers, and the people of New Orleans. We look forward to reopening our respective institutions and welcoming back our public, staff and volunteers, all of whom are critically important to our success.

Please check the websites of our individual institutions for more detailed updates and information about alternative ways to engage with the museums during this closure.

The CAC staff are working remotely and may be contacted via email through the addresses provided on our CAC Staff page, here. We look forward to welcoming you back to NOMA, Ogden Museum and the CAC when our institutions reopen.


Susan Taylor, Montine McDaniel Freeman Director, New Orleans Museum of Art

William Pittman Andrews, Executive Director, Ogden Museum of Southern Art

George Scheer, Executive Director, Contemporary Arts Center





The CAC is monitoring the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and implementing the recommended strategies of local public health officials. Our top priority is always the health and safety of our guests, staff, artists, and volunteers.

Following the direction of the City of New Orleans and the LA Dept of Public Health, the following events have been postponed as a preventative measure against the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus outbreak:

  • The 2020 Bourbon Fest Grand Tasting scheduled for March 13 & 14 has been postponed to a later date to be announced. For a full statement from Bourbon Fest, click here
  • The Femme Funk Fête event scheduled for Sunday, March 15 has been postponed until further notice. 
  • Meg Turner Photoshoot #2, scheduled for Sunday, March 22 has been cancelled.
  • Dancing Grounds Solastalgia 6th Annual Dance for Social Change Festival scheduled for March 28 & 29 has been postponed until further notice. For more information visit the Dancing Grounds website.

Community and Artist Resources:

City of New Orleans 

Louisiana Department of Public Health

Centers for Disease Control

World Health Organization     

NPN Resources for Artists

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