June 11, 2020

CAC Focuses Planning on the 2021 Hancock Whitney White Linen Night, Saturday, August 7, 2021

(New Orleans, LA - June 11, 2020): The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC), presenter of Hancock Whitney White Linen Night, announced today the cancellation of the 26th Annual Hancock Whitney White Linen Night scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 2020.  

In consideration of the high volume of attendees and the social distancing guidelines issued by the City of New Orleans and State of Louisiana due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, the CAC board of directors, in consultation with city officials and presenting sponsor Hancock Whitney, has cancelled the 2020 event for public health safety. The 2021 Hancock Whitney White Linen Night is scheduled for August 7, 2021.

An estimated 40,000 art-lovers attended the annual art-inspired downtown block party in 2019, the CAC’s signature fundraiser. Hancock Whitney White Linen Night spans several downtown blocks and features open exhibitions from more than 20 art galleries and institutions, including the Contemporary Arts Center, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the National WWII Museum. Each year, attendees enjoy specially-curated exhibitions by local, regional, and internationally-renowned artists, cuisine and cocktails from more than 30 local restaurants and bars, and White Linen After Dark, the official after party at the CAC.

Founded in 1994 by a burgeoning arts community of galleries and museums in the warehouse district, Hancock Whitney White Linen Night became a catalyst for economic growth downtown. Today, the event attracts tens of thousands of attendees, wearing linen in the summer heat, and celebrating New Orleans Arts District’s art galleries, museums, restaurants, residences, hotels, and more.

George Scheer, the Executive Director of the CAC said, “We are looking ahead to 2021 with our partners Hancock Whitney. Hancock Whitney White Linen Night is the CAC’s largest single fundraiser, and while funding is necessary, public health is essential. Next year we go big. The 2021 Hancock Whitney White Linen Night ought to be a block party for the whole CBD, driving dollars to our businesses, raising money for the arts, and celebrating creative culture in the summer heat!”

Warren Surcouf III, Chair for Hancock Whitney White Linen Night and CAC Board Member added, “We were meeting with all of our stakeholders and previous years’ sponsors well ahead of schedule because we were trying to make this year’s event better than ever.  We look forward to returning to our sponsors and vendors helping set the stage for a great 2021 event.”  

“Hancock Whitney White Linen Night is the most highly anticipated art event in the region, and its continued success is critical to the cultural economy of the New Orleans region,” said Gary Lorio, Hancock Whitney Regional President. “We look forward to celebrating again at Hancock Whitney White Linen Night 2021.”

For approved images of Hancock Whitney White Linen Night, click here.

About the CAC

The CAC is a multidisciplinary arts center that is dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time. The CAC is a cultural leader. As such, it organizes, presents, and tours curated exhibitions, performances and programs by local, regional, national, and international artists. It demonstrates proactive local and regional leadership by educating children and adults, cultivating and growing audiences, and initiating and encouraging collaboration among diverse artists, institutions, communities, and supporters.  Museum admission is free on Sundays for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation.  Children & Students through Grade 12 and under receive free admission courtesy of The Helis Foundation. The CAC is located at 900 Camp Street, 504 528-3805. For more information about CAC  and to sign up for updates, visit www.cacno.org.

About Hancock Whitney

Since the late 1800s, Hancock Whitney has embodied core values of Honor & Integrity, Strength & Stability, Commitment to Service, Teamwork, and Personal Responsibility. Hancock Whitney offices and financial centers in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas offer comprehensive financial products and services, including traditional and online banking; commercial and small business banking; private banking; trust and investment services; healthcare banking; certain insurance services; and mortgage services. The company also operates a loan production office in Nashville, Tennessee. BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank rating and analysis firm, consistently recommends Hancock Whitney as one of America’s most financially sound banks. More information is available at www.hancockwhitney.com.

About Arts District New Orleans

The Arts District of New Orleans (ADNO) is a burgeoning hub for young professionals and creatives. The organization strives to connect all aspects of the visual arts, culinary arts, musical arts, and the art of travel in this sought after neighborhood. This community is rich in character, and features stylish, cutting-edge galleries, prestigious museums, and some of the best restaurants and bars in the city. ADNO looks to promote all aspects of this architecturally distinctive historic district of New Orleans and its businesses. Learn more at www.artsdistrictneworleans.com


Media Contact:
Laura B. Tennyson
Associate Director of Communications
(504) 319-9943 | ltennyson@cacno.org
900 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

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