New Orleans School of Ballet


December 20, 2019 to December 22, 2019

A CAC Community Collaboration Presented by New Orleans School of Ballet

In keeping with our commitment to collaborate with and support artists in the New Orleans community, New Orleans School of Ballet is bringing its original production of The Nutcracker in New Orleans to the CAC! Enjoy everyone's favorite holiday... Read more →

The NOLA Project


January 16, 2020 to January 26, 2020

The NOLA Project Presents

Harry and the Thief

by Sigrid Gilmer
Directed by Ensemble Member Khiry Armstead

Science Fiction, Historical Drama, and Comedic Farce are thrown into a genre blender in Sigrid Gilmer’s provocative and hilarious new play HARRY AND THE THIEF. Mimi’s cousin Jeremy has a PhD in physics, a... Read more →

Contemporary Arts Center


May 2, 2020

With captivating charisma and a radiant spirit, Daymé Arocena effortlessly blends traditional Santerian chant, jazz stylings, contemporary R&B influences, and Afro-Cuban rhythmic complexity for audiences worldwide. Her passion for the musical traditions of Cuba, her homeland, is boundless. At every performance, Dayme coaxes her audiences into lively call-and-response chants with... Read more →

Contemporary Arts Center


May 8, 2020 to May 9, 2020

The CAC is thrilled to welcome highly-acclaimed dance company Kyle Abraham / A.I.M. (Abraham in Motion) to the CAC, May 8-9, 2020!

Recently featured in both Kinfolk and O, The Oprah Magazine, 2018 Princess Grace Statue Award recipient and Lincoln Center Education Artist in Residence, Kyle Abraham is a 2013 MacArthur Fellow... Read more →

Past Shows


November 22, 2019 to November 23, 2019
An internationally-touring saxophonist, composer, bandleader, producer, and educator, Melissa Aldana connects her work to the legacy of Latina artists who have come before her, creating a pathway for her own expression. In her recently-released album Visions , Aldana draws inspiration from the life and works of female visual artist Frida Kahlo to create a parallel between her own experiences as a female musician in a male-dominated community and Kahlo’s experiences as a female visual artist working to assert herself in a landscape dominated by men. In doing so, Aldana added a new dimension to her sound, resulting in a transformative movement of expression and self-identity. Melissa in the News November 18: Will Coviello, Gambit Weekly: "Saxophonist Melissa Aldana leads her jazz group supporting her 'Visions' album at the CAC, Nov. 22-23" November 19: Melissa Aldana has received a 2020 Grammy Award nomination for Best Improvised Jazz Solo on the track "Elsewhere," from her new album "Visions." Read about her nomination and all of the 2020 Jazz nominees! Listen to Visions , Melissa Aldana's New Album on Spotify! This performance is supported in part by the CAC’s JazzNet Endowment Fund, made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. This performance is also supported in part by The Domain Companies and a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans as well as by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.


October 25, 2019
Join Slave Rebellion Reenactment on Friday, October 25, 6pm - 7:30pm at the Contemporary Arts Center, located at 900 Camp St. New Orleans for a free and open discussion with New York-based visual and performance artist Dread Scott , about his artistic practice and his latest collaborative project Slave Rebellion Reenactment. Slave Rebellion Reenactment is a large-scale, community-engaged art performance and film project reimagining the largest rebellion of enslaved people in the United States. The performance will take place upriver from New Orleans, November 8 -9, 2019. Learn more about Slave Rebellion Reenactment at www.slave-revolt.com . Slave Rebellion Reenactment is presented by Antenna, a New Orleans based multi-arts organization, with support by many local organizations including RicRACK, Tulane’s New Orleans Center for the Gulf South, Xavier University, Community Book Center, and Junebug Productions. Funding for the project has been provided by Open Society Foundation, VIA Art Fund, Ford Foundation, Surdna Foundation, MAP Fund, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Nathan Cummings Foundation, A Blade of Grass, Art Matters, Givens Foundation for African American Literature, Andrew Porter, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Smack Mellon, Paige West, Cordy, Ethan, & William Ryman, Susan & Ralph Brennan, Manon Slome, Glenn F. Scotland, Mary Katherine Ford, and an incredible group of 500+ other individuals just like you.


October 17, 2019 to October 23, 2019
The CAC is Thrilled to Serve as the Official Hub of the 30th Annual New Orleans Film Festival! October 16-23, 2019 New Orleans shines ever brighter as an epicenter of culture and creativity during the annual New Orleans Film Festival, with 500+ filmmakers from every corner of the world in attendance at 230+ films. The festival champions new film in New Orleans and engages 30,000+ attendees with visionary films, directors, and other film lovers. The festival is also known for its eclectic parties, virtual reality exhibitions, and filmmaker networking events. Check out the full festival lineup which will take place from October 16th through October 23rd in venues across the city; screenings at the CAC will begin October 17th. Stay tuned for announcements from New Orleans Film Society about Opening Night, Spotlight Films, panels, parties, and special guests in the weeks to come. Explore the Festival Lineup > CAC Members Get the Red Carpet Treatment at Film Fest! Exclusive Screening: Doc Shorts: Conversations with History Saturday, October 19, 8:45 pm Tubi Theater (CAC Black Box Theater) CAC Members receive complimentary admission to the screening of Doc Shorts: Conversations with History on Saturday, October 19. The screening will include eight documentary shorts and will take place at 8:45 pm at the Tubi Theater (the CAC Blackbox Theater). CAC Members have received a special promo code via email to use at checkout to receive their complimentary tickets. If you are a member and did not receive a code, contact us at info@cacno.org . The deadline to RSVP is 5 pm on Wednesday, October 16 -- register here! Exclusive Free Admission: IT'S LIT Hip Hop and Bounce Party Saturday, October 19, 10 pm Kingsley House Gymnasium New Orleans Film Festival will celebrate the premiere of Burning Cane in epic NOLA fashion at their...

August is Museum Month!

August 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019
Enjoy The Best Of NOLA's Museums This Month! New Orleans Museum Month is a collaboration between museums of all sizes across the greater New Orleans area. It offers museum members the opportunity to visit all participating institutions, FREE OF CHARGE, using their current membership throughout the month of August. Not a member of the CAC yet? Join today and get access to all participating New Orleans this month! Join Now > 2019 Participating Institutions: Ashe Cultural Center Audubon Butterfly Garden Beauregard-Keyes Historic Home & Garden Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Confederate Memorial Hall Museum The Historic New Orleans Collection Longuevue House & Gardens The National WWII Museum New Canal Lighthouse Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint New Orleans Museum of Art New Orleans Pharmacy Museum Ogden Museum of Southern Art Old Ursuline Convent Museum Southern Food & Beverage Museum CAC Open Call Exhibition On View This Month! From August 3 through October 5, the CAC presents its 2019 Open Call Exhibition: Identity Measures , guest-curated by Dr. Jordan Amirkhani of American University. Identity Measures features works by 23 local and regional artists and explores identity as complex entanglements of lived experiences based on race, gender, ability, sexuality, and class. Every year, the CAC's Open Call exhibition brings together vibrant works from artists across the New Orleans region, according to a theme relevant to our community and the times in which we live. Learn more Learn more about Museum Month at www.neworleans.com/museum-month

Art & A/C Returns!

August 1, 2019 to August 31, 2019
Cool Off at the CAC This Month: FREE ADMISSION When Temps Hit 95°! The Helis Foundation offers free admission for Louisiana residents to cool off inside and enjoy the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, and Ogden Museum of Southern Art throughout August To help Louisianans beat the heat, The Helis Foundation has again teamed up with some of New Orleans’ largest art institutions for the third year to offer free admission when temperatures hits 95 degrees. In partnership with WVUE-TV (FOX 8)’s meteorological team, The Helis Foundation announces the kickoff of “Art&AC” throughout the month of August. When FOX 8 meteorologists report the temperature has hit 95-degrees, Louisiana residents gain free admission to New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art and Contemporary Arts Center the following day, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. Last year, the award-winning initiative saw more than 5,500 people visit the museums over eight days. “Summers in the South can be grueling—so we wanted to again offer a chance for Louisiana residents to cool off with their friends and families, while enjoying some of the region’s premier cultural institutions,” said Jessie Haynes, Managing Director, The Helis Foundation. “The Helis Foundation’s mission is to help advance access to the arts, and ‘Art & AC’ is a fun, unique way to open these museums to all Louisiana residents.” In addition to air conditioning and blockbuster art exhibitions, visitors can expect fun giveaways like sunglasses, fans and water bottles to help keep cool during the summer heat. The Helis Foundation is committed to providing access to New Orleans’ rich cultural heritage by underwriting free admission for all Louisiana residents at leading local institutions every week, all year long: New Orleans Museum of Art and the New Orleans Botanical Garden including The Helis Foundation Enrique...

CAC Summer Arts Camp 2019: Wonder Emporium!

July 29, 2019 to August 2, 2019
2019 CAC Summer Arts Camp & After Care Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2 CAC Summer Arts Camp 2019: Wonder Emporium! Every year, the CAC Summer Arts Camp ignites campers' imaginations through art and creativity! Our 2019 camp is for students age 6-14 and will take place Monday, July 29 - Friday, August 2 from 9 am to 3 pm. Featuring 90 minute classes and three art disciplines -- Digital Media , Visual Arts, and Dance -- campers will have the opportunity to work with our staff of professional artists at an advanced level. Camp sessions culminate with friends and families celebrating the campers’ creations at our Friday Showcase! CAC Summer After Care is also available during the same week from 3:30 - 5:30 pm. Book of the Week: What If… Words by Samantha Berger Illustrated by Mike Curato Word of the Week: "Offbeat" Creativity, the power of imagination, and the importance of self-expression are celebrated in this inspiring picture book written and illustrated by real-life best friends. This girl is determined to express herself! If she can't draw her dreams, she'll sculpt or build, carve or collage. If she can't, she'll find a way...This story conjures powerful magic in this heartfelt affirmation of art, imagination, and the resilience of the human spirit. Summer Arts Camp Pricing & Information Ages 6 - 14 Camp Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am - 3 pm Drop-off: 8 am CAC Members: $200 per week per child** Non-Members: $220 per week per child Register for CAC Summer Arts Camp > ** CAC Member discounts are applied automatically at checkout when you register using the email address associated with your CAC membership. Camp and Aftercare tuition includes all administrative fees. Scholarships are also available! To learn more contact Kaisas Peguero, Education & Public Programs...

That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles + Redemption Square

June 22, 2019
That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles + Redemption Square Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #2 Synopsis That Far Corner: Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles Director: Christopher Hawthorne 2018 / 56 min / USA During his time in Southern California in the 1910s and early 1920s, Frank Lloyd Wright accelerated the search for an authentic L.A. architecture that might be experimental but also responsive to the city's history, culture and landscape. Writer/Director Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times , explores the five Maya-inspired houses the legendary architect built in Los Angeles in that period. The documentary also delves into the critic's provocative theory that these designs were a means of artistic catharsis for Wright, who was recovering from a violent, tragic episode in his life. Redemption Square Director: John Moody 2018 / 20 min / USA In the footsteps of many unique Angelenos, a down-on-her-luck woman finds a new identity in Pershing Square, a notoriously unloved space in downtown Los Angeles. Redemption Square explores how the design of public space can change a person's life. Narrated by dozens of Angelenos, the story takes viewers into one public space at the heart of Los Angeles during five eras of its transformation—from its creation in 1866 through its impending redesign today—and offers an alternative vision for LA's public life based on the diverse perceptions, memories and identities that come together in this place every day. Q&A session is included with this screening.

Design Canada

June 22, 2019
Design Canada Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #4 Synopsis Design Canada Director: Greg Durrell 2017 / 76 min / Canada Through the lens of graphic design, Design Canada follows the transformation of a nation from a colonial outpost to a vibrant and multicultural society. What defines a national identity, is it an anthem? A flag? Is it a logo or icon? How do these elements shape who we are? In the 1960s and 1970s, these questions were answered by an innovative group of Canadian designers, who used design to unify the nation.

Frank Gehry: Building Justice + ChildSafe: Designed to Heal

June 22, 2019
Frank Gehry: Building Justice + ChildSafe: Designed to Heal Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #5 Synopsis Frank Gehry: Building Justice Director: Ultan Guilfoyle 2018 / 70 min / USA Frank Gehry: Building Justice tells the story of architect Frank Gehry’s investigation into prison design as a subject for the best architecture students in the United States. The film follows Gehry as he arranges two ‘master’ studios at the invitation of George Soros and his Open Society Foundation — one at SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, the other at the Yale School of Architecture. In collaboration with Susan Burton of the “New Way of Life Reentry Project” in Compton, California, Gehry and his students explore all aspects of prison design, learning first-hand the design flaws of prison life from women who have been incarcerated in the worst American prisons. The film follows the group on a trip to Norway to visit what is considered to be the world’s most successful prisons. ChildSafe: Designed to Heal Directors: Isaiah Rendon and Leo Aguirre 2018 / 4 min / USA ChildSafe is a nonprofit organization that helps restore dignity, hope and trust to those children who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect. In 2016, ChildSafe found themselves in a building that was too small to sustain their growing support programs and their increase in staff. They enlisted the help of San Antonio architecture firm Overland Partners to build a new, state-of-the-art campus. This new facility would allow the organization to incorporate multiple government agencies such as health professionals, state agencies, law enforcement and legal teams under one roof. Inspired by ChildSafe’s unique mission, Overland embraced the opportunity to create a building that could serve as a catalyst for human transformation. The June 22nd showing of this program includes a panel discussion

Leaning Out + Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden School

June 22, 2019 to June 23, 2019
Leaning Out + Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden Architecture & Design Film Festival: NOLA Program #6 Synopsis Leaning Out Directors: Basia and Leonard Myszynski 2018 / 59 min / USA This is the story of Leslie Robertson, the lead structural engineer of the World Trade Center, a man who oversaw the construction of the tallest building on the planet at the time, and is haunted by its collapse and the events of 9/11. This bond with humanity solidified his place in American history. It’s a film about innovation, wind engineering and visionary collaborations. It's a film about Robertson, the pacifist/activist and his fight for human rights. And finally, it’s a film about the woman engineer who loved and emboldened him, expanded his worldview and ultimately saved him. Past/Presence: Saving the Spring Garden Director: Cheryl Hess 2018 / 5 min /USA / Program 1 The Spring Garden School No. 1 in North Philadelphia had been sitting vacant and abandoned for nearly 30 years before the Philadelphia Housing Authority teamed with the non-profit Help USA to convert the property into affordable housing. Philadelphia is currently experiencing a massive building boom and people are worried about the city losing its neighborhoods and character.