Arts Council New Orleans Seeks to Transform Community Through the Arts

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2016 – 2018 Strategic Plan Culminates with LUNA Fête December 2018

The Arts Council New Orleans announces a transformative strategic plan constituted on the vision that the arts have the power to change communities. Approved unanimously by the board of directors in October, the 2016-2018 plan defines a future course for the organization through New Orleans’ 2018 Tricentennial while addressing economic, social and other critical community challenges through the arts.

“The traditional arts council model is outdated across the country,” Arts Council Board Chair E. Tiffany Adler said. “This plan reclaims the role arts can have in addressing New Orleans’ community issues and positions the Arts Council as a national model in advancing a city as a center of innovation and creativity.”  Developed with the input of the New Orleans community and Arts Council board and staff, the strategic plan introduces the Arts Council’s vision that arts and culture have the power to transform communities. The key Arts Council priorities include:

  1. Using Art to address critical issues that transform the community
  2. Supporting local artists to transform the community through Arts
  3. Providing resources to organizations to transform the community through the Arts
  4. Celebrating leaders that have transformed the community through the Arts
  5. Convening the community to transform the community through the Arts

“The Arts Council has created an aggressive and dynamic plan to address key community issues and transform the New Orleans community using one of our most important assets — the arts,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “Their work plays an essential role in attracting significant investment and interest in New Orleans, while advancing our reputation as a laboratory for innovation and change as we approach the New Orleans Tricentennial celebration.”

Arts Council New Orleans has modeled this approach to advance the New Orleans creative community while transforming the lives of its citizens through the arts with recent, innovative initiatives including Youth Solutions, a program designed to address the persistence of youth violence and trauma through design thinking to premiering LUNA Fête in 2014 as an initiative combining contemporary art, technology and film.

The Arts Council’s strategic evolution was made possible by the Arts 16, a corporate and community support network which provided funding from 2013-2015 to bring in Arts Council CEO Kim Cook to foster a new vision, beta test programs and build the Arts Council team. Cook will remain with the organization through 2015, after which the direction of the strategic plan will be executed through Acting Director Nick Stillman.

The Arts Council will launch this new phase to transform communities through the Arts at LUNA Fête, running from November 29th to December 5th, LUNA Fête 2015 will include multiple local artist installations across Lafayette Square, Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. and Julia Street, further advancing the Arts Council’s mission.

Arts Council New Orleans is a private, non-profit organization designated as the City’s official arts agency. As a multidisciplinary arts agency, the Arts Council operates in three conceptual areas: People – Community Engagement and the Creative Citizen, Place – Civic Design and the Urban Aesthetic, and Artists – Artistic Excellence and Creative Services. Each area works to advance the Arts Council’s overall mission to support arts and culture and demonstrate how they transform communities. 

The Arts 16 includes the Azby Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Sydney J. Besthoff III, Chevron, The Ruth U. Fertel Foundation, Hever Foundation, IBERIABANK, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Jones Walker, Mathes Bierre Architects, Mignon Faget, Ltd., Neal Auction Company, Ochsner Health Systems, Parkside Foundation, Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Rosen, and the Zemurray Foundation