Past Shows


October 29, 2019 to October 30, 2019
Jo Kreiter of Flyaway Productions in San Francisco , will be visiting New Orleans October 29-31 in preparation for a presentation of her newest aerial dance performance piece The Wait Room at the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) next season. In addition to being an amazing aerial performer and choreographer, Jo is a woman with an incarcerated loved one. It is that personal experience that led her to create The Wait Room , an incredible performance featuring six aerial dancers and a hydraulic transforming clock tower, that speaks to how the dehumanizing experience of incarceration in the U.S. extends to family members and loved ones of incarcerated individuals. On Tuesday night, October 29, at the CAC, she will be sharing a presentation about her work for the local performance community from 5:30-6:30pm; followed by a performance workshop in the CAC's 2nd floor rehearsal hall from 6:30-8pm. She will also share some of her work with members of our local community who are working to end mass incarceration in our state and our country on Wednesday night, October 30 , from 5:30-7:30, in the 2nd floor CAC Board Room. There will be drinks and light hors d’oeuvres served on Wednesday night. RSVP Information We invite interested performance makers and criminal justice system activists to join us for either or both of these free events. Please RSVP to these events by sending your name, organization (if applicable) and cell number to The Wait Room was created with generous support from The Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship and the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project (with lead funding from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation). This residency is funded by The National Dance Project’s first Community Engagement Fund.

2018 Call for Submissions: Teen Exhibition

January 29, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Apply for the 2018 Teen Exhibition! How Do You Create a Portrait of a City? We encourage you to think experimentally and critically about the nature of portraiture and welcome submissions in any medium - drawing, painting, sound, photography, animation, film, sculpture, installations, and digital art. We want it all! Here are some questions from the Teen Board to help get you started: Is a city defined by its buildings and architecture, or by the people who live there? What are the layers to New Orleans' history? Do you see yourself reflected in the city, and where? If not, why? What is the relationship between artists and the city? Who is our city for? Our culture is infinite and crosses every border. How, then, do we define it? Submission Requirements Submission must include a high resolution, well lit photograph of your artwork Dimensions must be listed in inches (width x height) Submission must include your name, grade, school, email address and phone number Please include the medium (for ex., oil on canvas ) You must be a highschool student * You may submit up to three pieces. SUPPORT Education and Public Programming support is provided by Nancy Aronson and Virginia Besthoff, City of New Orleans | Edward Wisner Donation, The Hearst Foundations, The Helis Foundation, and the J. Edgar Monroe Foundation.

Singing for Movement Building Workshop

October 9, 2015
Singing for Movement Building workshop lead by Stephanie McKee and Kiyoko McCrae of Junebug Productions and Chen Lo (Creative Director) and Asante Amin (Musical Director) of Soul Science Lab, creators of Soundtrack ’63 co-presented by the CAC and Junebug Productions January 16-18, 2016. This workshop will focus on the role that singing has played historically in organizing and movement-building in African American communities, with a particular focus on the use of Freedom Songs during the Civil Rights Movement in the Deep South. Participants will share stories, learn songs and compose short vocal pieces combining elements of spirituals, freedom songs, blues, and spoken word that tell personal and collective stories of resistance and struggle. With permission from participants who are interested and willing, portions of the workshop will be recorded and edited in to a short “soundtrack” to be played prior to the performances of Soundtrack ’63 by Soul Science Lab on January 16-18, 2016 at the CAC. Join us for refreshments at 6pm. The workshop will begin at 6:30pm. Recording is not required for participation in the workshop. All ages are welcome. FACILITATORS Stephanie McKee Executive Artistic Director of Junebug Productions Kiyoko McCrae Managing Director of Junebug Productions Stephanie McKee and Kiyoko McCrae will share the values of Junebug Productions’ Story Circle process in the workshop. Story circles emerged from oral traditions where a trusting, democratic environment is established for participants to express their experiences through personal stories. Junebug Productions has been a leading provider of community engagement, issue identification, and art-making through its story circle model. Soul Science Lab (SSL) Soul Science Lab (SSL), a music performance, production and education company with an empowering approach to self-expression formed by artist, educator and creative director, Chen Lo, and multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Asante’ Amin. Chen Lo has toured the globe...

Intro Meeting: Teens@CAC

September 12, 2015
The first meeting of the semester for any high school student interested in participating in Teen Programming at the CAC. Calling any high school artist that is interested in: creating a zine, curating an art exhibition, running a theater festival, hosting Open Stage Nights, planning arts workshops, working with local teaching artists, or collaborating with their peers! For more information, email: Follow Teens@CAC Twitter: @CAC_TLC Instagram: @cactlc Facebook: Tumblr: