August 24, 2020

The CAC's staff is excited to invite our community to come together at a social distance, experience art, and join the CAC for our fall exhibition: Make America What America Must Become, An Exhibition of Gulf South Artists.

Before visiting the CAC, please read our Health & Safety Guidelines, below, to ensure the safety of you and all of our visitors.

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August 21, 2020

Grand Opening Weekend to feature Members Exclusive Preview, Reserved Complimentary Admission, and First-Ever Virtual Opening on Saturday night

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Exhibition On View:  September 18, 2020 - January 24, 2021

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.  

June 7, 2020

CRISTOBAL UPDATE: The Contemporary Arts Center will be close Monday, June 8 due to the impact of Tropical Storm Cristobal. Please stay tuned to our website and social media for the very latest updates as we close monitor this developing situation. Thank you!

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June 7, 2020

CRISTOBAL UPDATE: The Contemporary Arts Center will be closed today, Sunday, June 7 due to the landfall of Tropical Storm Cristobal. Please stay tuned to our website and social media for the very latest updates as we close monitor this developing situation. Thank you!

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June 2, 2020

May 20, 2020
May 8, 2020

The CAC is excited to announce Behind The Curtain, a series of behind-the-scenes discussions with CAC Technical Director Jo Nazro and the creatives behind the works that come to life on the CAC stage!

May 5, 2020

Art Is Essential. Art Makes Us Resilient. Support the CAC TODAY on #GivingTuesdayNow. Thank you!



Dear Friends of the CAC,

Arts and culture are an essential service. Museums are the custodians of civic space and public commons. They exist for the health, well-being, and betterment of our society. As we recover from this pandemic, performing and visual artists will be at the heart of New Orleans’ resilience.

May 1, 2020

We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Tina Girouard, an experimental artist, activist, and dear friend of the CAC.

March 20, 2020

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

March 4, 2020

(New Orleans, LA - March 4, 2020): Today the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) New Orleans announced a call for visual artists living and working in the Gulf South states of Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida for its upcoming exhibition “Make America What America Must Become.”

February 27, 2020

SWEETARTS 2020’s theme – CHANGES: Into a Radiant Future – highlights transformation as the CAC ushers in the decade with new leadership, a refined focus on contemporary creativity, fostering artistic excellence, and honoring visionary leaders in the New Orleans arts community. 

NEW ORLEANS, LA (February 28, 2020) – The Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans (CAC) announced today that SWEETARTS 2020, its premier annual ball, will take place on Friday, May 15th, 2020, 7:30pm–10:30pm and will benefit the Contemporary Arts Center.

February 27, 2020

(NEW ORLEANS, LA – February 7, 2020) – With a commitment towards fostering the artistic expression of emerging creators, the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans is proud to announce its Spring 2020 season featuring an evocative presentation of music, dance, and performances by leading artists, including Dance for Social Change, a community collaboration with Dancing Grounds; the return of Aurora Nealand and Goat in the Road’s KindHumanKind; the Afro-Cuban Jazz rhythms of Daymé Arocena; and the expressive dance movements of Kyle Abraham’s Company, A.I.M (Abraham.In.Motion). 

February 4, 2020

The New Orleans Public Library has partnered with several cultural institutions throughout New Orleans to offer daily passes for free entry for New Orleans Public Library cardholders who live in Orleans Parish and are 18 and older. The CAC is proud to join organizations across the city in joining this great program!

Culture Pass partner institutions include:

January 7, 2020

WOKE DREAMS, a free event, features live art-making by Jose Cotto and Les Femmes Feroces, panel discussions with community leaders, a curated DJ set by Raj Smoove, and complimentary admission to CAC galleries featuring works by Mickalene Thomas, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Meg Turner and more

January 2, 2020

(December 23, 2019 – New Orleans, LA)— The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, announced highlights from 2019, including recent international acclaim for past and present visual art exhibitions, the hiring of new Executive Director George Scheer, and bold performing arts programming coming to New Orleans audiences in the spring of 2020.

December 17, 2019
In observance of the 2019 Holiday Season the CAC's offices and galleries will be closed on the following days:

CAC Galleries Closed:
Tuesday, December 24 
Wednesday, December 25
Tuesday, December 31
Wednesday, January 1

CAC Offices Closed:
Tuesday, December 24 - Wednesday, January 1 

Thursday, January 2 - Offices Reopen

The CAC's staff and board wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season!

December 13, 2019

Megan Liberty, Hyperallergic (December 13, 2019)

December 12, 2019

Ted Loos, The New York Times (November 20, 2019)

"BALTIMORE — Few artists have had more museum exposure in the past couple of years than Mickalene Thomas, a prolific maker in several media. In 2018 alone, her name was in the title of at least four different shows, and since then her work has been included in many other exhibitions across the country. But it wasn’t always thus.