Contemporary Arts Center and CubaNOLA Arts Collective


May 2, 2020

March 20, 2020 Update: In an effort to reduce the impact and spread of COVID-19, the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans announced today the cancellation of its Spring 2020 performing arts season including Daymé Arocena. In consultation with its Board of Directors, key stakeholders, and artists, the safety and health... Read more →

Contemporary Arts Center


May 8, 2020 to May 9, 2020

March 20, 2020 Update: In an effort to reduce the impact and spread of COVID-19, the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans announced today the cancellation of its Spring 2020 performing arts season including Kyle Abraham / A.I.M. In consultation with its Board of Directors, key stakeholders, and artists, the safety... Read more →

Contemporary Arts Center

CHANGES: Into A Radiant Future | SWEETARTS 2020

October 30, 2020

You're Invited!

The Contemporary Arts Center is excited to announce that SWEETARTS 2020, our premier annual ball, will take place Friday, October 30, 2020, 7:30pm–10:30pm at the home of Kira and Michael Whitaker located at 1633 Dufossat Street. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Contemporary Arts Center.

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Past Shows


March 28, 2020 to March 29, 2020
HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE: Following the direction of our city and state health officials, Dancing Grounds' Dance for Social Change Festival, scheduled for March 28-29 at the CAC, has been postponed until further notice. The Contemporary Arts Center remains open while we closely monitor the latest developments by officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Read our Health & Safety Update here. ---- WHAT IS DANCE FOR SOCIAL CHANGE? DSC is a year-round, multifaceted youth leadership initiative where participants learn how to use their artistic talents to advocate for change in their communities. It is led by the DG Uprising teen company, a group of 25 high school artists that rehearse weekly on Saturdays during the school year, studying dance, exploring advocacy issues, and building skills in creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and leadership. Each year, they select a social justice topic impacting their community and create an original performance about that issue. They premiere their work at the annual DSC festival and tour the work to community organizations and festivals. They also organize a block party, community forums, and other platforms that use the arts to advocate for social change. Past themes have included the school-to-prison pipeline (2016); women’s rights and gender justice (2017); mental health (2018); and gentrification and displacement (2019-2020). Dance For Social Change Festival March 28-29,2020 Contemporary Arts Center (900 Camp St. NOLA 70130) $5 youth | $15 students/seniors | $25 DG/CAC members | $30 GA Ticket includes one performance + all workshops and visual art installations. Dancing Grounds is committed to ensuring that the performances are accessible to all New Orleans residents. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For financial assistance: email info@dancingrounds.org or call 504-535-5791. DSC Festival Schedule: Saturday, March 28th 10am-12:45pm -...

Joie Noire: "Prelude to a Glorious Revolution" | SUNDAY VIBES at the CAC

March 8, 2020
You are invited to join us at SUNDAY VIBES at the CAC for a special presentation of Joie Noire: "Prelude to a Glorious Revolution," dance experience written and performed by Greer Goff Mendy, Director of the Tekrema Center. "Prelude to a Glorious Revolution" is an artistic statement of history, spirituality, and societal liberation of the Black female body through dance. The performance will take place inside the exhibition Femmes Feroces: Material Life x Femmes Noires, on view now inside the CAC Oval Gallery. Admission to this event is free and open to the public and is part of SUNDAY VIBES at the CAC , a weekly opportunity for Louisiana residents to enjoy programming at the CAC free of charge, courtesy of The Helis Foundation.

JOIE NOIRE: Embodying the Feminine

January 26, 2020
Embodying the Feminine is the ultimate Yoga and Meditation experience! Move through your emotions, in a guided yoga session instructed by Julia Johnson and meditation led Imani Allen designed to balance energy, center emotions and develop a stronger relationship with the body. The class will follow up with a self reflection and complimentary self care bag to take with! All genders invited and welcome! Julia Johnson is a digital designer and yoga instructor that highlights black women culture and promotes positive affirmations for healing and the improvement towards a better quality of life . She received her Yoga training at Magnolia studio, a black owned and operated a yoga studio. There she is also a regular instructor. Imani Allen is a practitioner of metaphysics and Doula. Allen has a B.A. in Journalism and Promotional Communication from Cleveland State University and have obtained my Natural Health Consultant Certification from A Life of Peace Wellness Institute. Her focus is on assisting others find their inner peace through serving mothers, reiki, meditations, and spiritual coaching programs. JOIE NOIRE events are presented by Les Femmes Féroces, a collaborative coffee & retail experience at the CAC. Learn more about Les Femmes Féroces here .


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 brand-new time machine, and a plan: He’s sending Mimi, a professional thief, back to 1863 to alter history by providing Harriet Tubman with modern-day guns. Lots and lots of guns. Gilmer describes her own work: “Black comedies that are historically bent, totally perverse, joyfully irreverent and are concerned with issues of identity, pop culture and contemporary American society.” HARRY AND THE THIEF is a perfect encapsulation of all of this. 10 performances only at the CAC. About The NOLA Project The NOLA Project is an ensemble theatre company striving to challenge, entertain, and engage diverse New Orleans audiences through high-quality and innovative performances of relevant great works, the development and production of new plays, and comprehensive theatre education opportunities. Learn more

Film Screening: SHERMAN'S MARCH

January 9, 2020
You are invited to the final presentation of Place Over Time: Perspectives on the South Through Film , a three part film and conversation series co-organized by The New Orleans Film Society and Ogden Museum of Southern Art showcasing three films by Southern filmmakers with different perspectives on the Southern experience. The series will come to an end with the screening of SHERMAN'S MARCH at the CAC on January 9th, 6pm. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Limited seating is available on a first come, first seated basis. The screening will be followed by a conversation with director Ross McElwee. Film Synopsis SHERMAN’S MARCH Dir. Ross McElwee | Documentary Feature | USA | 1985 | 2h 37m Thursday, January 9, 2020 Documentarian Ross McElwee originally set out to make a travelogue of sorts tracing General William T. Sherman's infamous scorched-earth march through the Confederacy in the latter stages of the Civil War. Instead, haunted by a recent breakup with a girlfriend, McElwee ends up documenting his progress – or lack thereof – in starting a new relationship. His journey then becomes one of self-reflection and self-discovery rather than a historical/sociological exploration. This screening is a part of the series Place Over Time: Perspectives on the South through Film and is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of The Helis Foundation.


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 classic with a New Orleans twist. Set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score, this localized production includes a "Flight of the Pelicans," a Mardi Gras Strut, pom-pom-shaking Who Dats donned in black and gold, and more! About New Orleans School of Ballet New Orleans School of Ballet provides classical training to young people and adults in a supportive & nurturing environment. We serve two distinct groups, children and adults interested in the exploration of classical ballet and discovering the joy of dance and dancers in the serious pursuit of a professional ballet career. New Orleans School of Ballet provides pre-professional dancers with rigorous and comprehensive curriculum, mentorship, and performance opportunities. The School helps young dancers with exceptional potential, talent, and a strong interest in classical ballet find financial, developmental, and social support. Learn more at neworleansschoolofballet.com


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