January 20, 2016
The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) is pleased to announce it has received a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the CAC’s Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation (I3), a three-year pilot program that will run from 2016 through 2018. While the CAC has endeavored to engage with artists who work within interdisciplinary fields, there have been few avenues to accommodate artwork that is, by definition, more complicated to present. The awarded funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will enable the CAC to develop and present world-class interdisciplinary artwork that defies traditional forms and expectations, created by artists born, living, and/or working in the American South.
“On behalf of the CAC Board of Trustees and our staff, as well as the exemplary artists in our community who will be most immediately impacted by this funding, I would like to extend my thanks to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. I am delighted that our organization has been selected to receive this grant, particularly for the opportunities it will afford us as we expand our offerings in the future, beginning with next year’s 40th Anniversary Season.”
                                                                       —Neil A. Barclay
                                                                          CAC Director and CEO
Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation (I3) is a three-year pilot program of artist developmental residencies, performances and public programs, designed to provide both the context and content for an exploration of the expanding aesthetic landscape of interdisciplinary performance as practiced by artists whose projects are drawn from or inspired by the rich cultural traditions of the American South. At its core, the project is a serial platform that foregrounds the innovative performance-centered work operating at the intersection of the visual and performing arts. The program will feature interdisciplinary presentations by artists identified with the American South defined as U.S. states geographically located below the Mason-Dixon Line: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. To this end, it supports exemplary institutions of higher education and culture as they renew and provide access to an invaluable heritage of ambitious, path-breaking work.
The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) is a multidisciplinary arts center dedicated to the presentation, production, and promotion of the art of our time. Formed in 1976 by a passionate group of visual and performing artists when the movement to tear down the walls between visual and performing arts was active nationwide, the CAC expresses its mission by organizing world class curated exhibitions, performances, and public programs that educate and enlarge audiences for the arts while encouraging collaboration among diverse stakeholders composed of artists, institutions, communities, and supporters throughout the world.

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