The CAC is excited to present our pilot Professional Development program, taking place in five parts across our 2020-2021 season. We will invite CAC Artist-in-Residents, "Make America What it Must Become" Open Call artists, 2020-2021 season artists, and former Southern Crossings Artist Residency artists to participate in this pilot program.

In early February 2020, performing and visual artists from across the New Orleans community were invited to participate in  Artist Listening Sessions in hopes to engage in dialogue with our local artistic community. Striving to be a contemporary arts center that supports the local artist community, we set out to ask members of this community directly about how best the CAC could support their work. We heard that artists wanted the CAC to provide much-needed space to create and learn, while continuously supporting their art-making. Specifically a need was expressed to gain skills involving speaking about their work, best practices on writing artist statements, creating a digital presence, and financial literacy -- to name just a few.

2020 - 2021 Workshop Schedule

In light of COVID-19, the CAC continues to finalize it's schedule of professional development events for the 2020-2021 season. Please see a preview of this season's planned activities, below, and please watch this space for updates.

October 2020

Saturday, October 10 (3-5 pm CDT) - Financial Literacy Workshop, In Two Parts with Amy Smith Part I

Saturday, October 24 (3-5 pm CDT) - Financial Literacy Workshop, In Two Parts with Amy Smith Part II

Amy Smith is a dance and theater artist, educator, and facilitator. She works to dismantle oppressive structures in non-profit organizations and other groups so that artists and low income folks can achieve collective liberation. She does this through financial well-being workshops, one-on-one work with clients giving financial advice and doing tax preparation, consulting with arts organizations, co-facilitating anti-racism sessions with co-facilitators of color, and as a dance and theater educator. Amy co-founded, co-directed, and performed with Headlong, a dance theater non-profit that transformed into a community arts organization over 25 years. She left Headlong in 2019 to pursue her freelance work. She leads financial well-being workshops through Creative Capital, Assets for Artists, and in many other settings. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University and has been greatly affected by her learning as part of artEquity’s National Facilitator Training and other anti-oppression trainings. Learn more

November 2020

Workshop #3 - Date TBA

So About My Work: Putting Your Work Into Words

January 2021

Workshop #4 - January 30 (10 am - 12 pm CDT)

Artist Avatar: Creating a Digital Presence with Richard Read

March 2021

Workshop #5 - Date TBA

Panel Discussion: Getting Work to the Marketplace


Are you an artist interested in learning more or wish to share ideas for professional development opportunities that you would like to see at the CAC? Please contact us at