Since 1986, SweetArts has served as the CAC’s premier annual fundraising event to support the fulfillment of our mission to present diverse and exciting multidisciplinary contemporary arts programming, including visual arts, performing arts, and education and public programming.

SweetArts recognizes exceptional and diverse artists, performers, educators and philanthropists whose influence and contributions shape New Orleans’ arts and culture community. Unlike any other gala or ball, SweetArts offers an artistic experience with unique flair, engaging entertainment, and creative food and beverage offerings from over a dozen vendors. 

SweetArts traditionally consists of a Patron Party as a festive and intimate opportunity to recognize SweetArts honorees, followed by an interactive, high-energy Gala celebration in our newly renovated building. SweetArts annually targets (5,000+) and attracts (500+) regional arts patrons and young professionals (30-70 years of age) and offers sponsors great visibility and opportunity to cultivate new patrons, entertain clients, and make a significant impact in providing access to contemporary art for diverse local audiences.

SweetArts 2020 - "Changes: Into A Radiant Future"

The Contemporary Arts Center is excited to announce  SweetArts 2020: "Changes, Into A Radiant Future," a series of curated, intimate events filled with epicurean delights, sumptuous libations, and more, benefitting the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. Elegantly designed and privately hosted by leading art patrons, the SweetArts 2020 gatherings will be hosted in unique locales for intimate circles of 25 guests.

Perfect Pairings: A Wine and Food Experience
Friday, October 16, 2020 | 6:30 - 10 pm

Perfect Pairings offers guests an exquisite food and wine pairing. Sue Zemanick, the owner and executive chef of Zasu will work her magic with the food and Grande Krewe Fine Wine and Spirits will provide their amazing French wines. Seating will be both indoor and outdoor. Hosted by Andrew and Robyn Schwarz & Bob Heaps and Jane Cooper. Location: Home of Andrew and Robyn Schwarz

Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 7:30 to Midnight

A candlelit evening of tequila and tarot, dinner and dancing, and mezcal and mysticism. Hosted by Alicia Bendana, Patricia Bazan Garrubbo, Lee McDonough, Lisa Roth, and Sara Paradis.  Location: Private

SOLD OUT: Down at the River Shack
Friday, November 20, 2020 | 7 - 10 pm

Hosted by Bryan Bailey, Gregg Porter, and Tommy Coleman. Location: Rivershack on the Batture

This Event is Sold Out

SOLD OUT: How To Throw An Alfresco Dinner Party (And Still Adhere to Appropriate Social Distancing Protocols)
Saturday, December 5, 2020 | 7 - 10 pm

Hosted by Michael Siegel and Aimée Farnet Siegel. Location: Home of Michael Siegel and Aimée Farnet Siegel

This Event is Sold Out

Honoring the Life of Shelley Middleberg

Hosted by Gretchen and Rodger Wheaton & Nancy Lassen. Location: TBA



2020 SweetArts Honorees

In keeping with the CAC's 36-year SweetArts tradition of recognizing artistic leaders, the CAC will honor the following contributors to the art community of New Orleans:

Lin Emery – Visual Arts

Kesha McKey – Performing Arts

MK Wegmann – Community Support 

Rhesa and Alden McDonald – Philanthropy

Tucker Fitz-Hugh, Jr. – In memoriam

Shelley Middleberg – In memoriam


Sponsorship Levels

Attracting regional arts patrons, professionals, advocates, and supporters, SweetArts offers the opportunity to connect with local contemporary artists and provide generous and impactful support for the exhibitions, programs, and performances produced by New Orleans’ only Contemporary Arts Center.  Sponsors of SweetArts enact on their values to support the arts and artists of our community.

SweetArts Ticket | $350 per person

  • Admission to one of the 2020 SweetArts Series events

SweetArts Toast Package | $2,500

  • 4 tickets to the 2020 SweetArts Series event of your choice
  • Opportunity to make a toast to one of the SweetArts Honorees
  • Recognition in SweetArts 2020 program, invitation, and website

Patron Package| $5,000

  • 4 tickets to the 2020 SweetArts Series event of your choice
  • Opportunity to make a toast to one of the SweetArts Honorees
  • Recognition in SweetArts 2020 program, invitation, and website
  • Promotion as a Champion of the Arts throughout the event series and pre-event marketing

For questions or inquiries, please contact Ann Kerrin, Development Manager, at


Your support is essential to the vitality of the Contemporary Arts Center. The CAC relies on the support of donors, foundations, corporations and institutional support. During this challenging time as we launch our Fall and Spring season, your support allows us to continue our visual and performing arts programming, public programming, digital initiatives, and allow us to retain our staff.

CAC will adhere to all of the State of LA and City of New Orleans pandemic guidelines. In the event of changes to these mandates as it relates to a resurgence of COVID 19, CAC will make every effort to reschedule the SweetArts 2020 dates.  In the case that we are unable to reschedule, your ticket purchase will be considered a 100% tax-deductible donation to CAC.  Tickets are nonrefundable.

Questions? Please contact Ann Kerrin, CAC Development Manager, at