September 6, 2017

The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC)- receives a $30,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA). The funds will go to support exhibitions and performances in the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018, foregrounding the Tricentennial of the City of New Orleans.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017.  The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and funded 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

CAC Director and CEO, Neil A. Barclay said, “We are so grateful to Jane Chu and the NEA for this wonderful opportunity. This grant will not only allow us to showcase two stellar contemporary artists, but to continue our mission of being a cultural leader dedicated to the presentation and support of contemporary art, artists and other emerging art forms as the city of New Orleans marks its tricentennial.”

Coming this September, Mondo Bizarro’s: The Way at Midnight (9/14-9/23/2017) explores confrontations with losing and being lost from the colonial period through the digital age and incorporates theatrical performance, visual installation and live and recorded music.

In March 2018, Sarah Morris (3/22/2018-6/17/2018) is an exhibition of the artist’s painting, drawing and film, examining the mythologies of contemporary urbanity, and by extension, the city of New Orleans during its tercentennial year.

Additionally, a public conversation in spring 2018 will look at the issues presented by these artists in the context of the City’s anniversary.


Founded by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) continues to shape America’s cultural landscape through funding and support that gives Americans the opportunity to learn, affirm, and celebrate our rich and diverse cultural heritage while promoting equal access to the arts in every community across the country.

One of the NEA’s core grant programs is Art Works, whose guiding principles underline its work. Art Works refers to three things: the works of art themselves, the ways art works on audiences, and the fact that art is work for the artists and arts professionals who make up the field. In addition to traditional presenting programs, this area supports artistic works and events that present multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary art forms including performance art, interactive and participatory works, multimedia performance, and arts/science collaborations that go beyond the boundaries of a traditional art form. The NEA Art Works grant helps support presentations in the CAC’s 2016 Spring and Fall Performing Arts Season. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to


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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