Fostering Art and Culture in Acadiana.

Founded in 1975, Acadiana Center for the Arts (“AcA”) is a community-supported nonprofit organization that fosters art and culture in Acadiana. Since its founding, AcA has developed as a major force, shaping the future of public education and community development in South Louisiana.

AcA supports the creation of new works of art, exhibits, festivals, performances, and public art across an eight-parish region that includes Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes.

Fostering Art and Culture in Acadiana.

Founded in 1975, Acadiana Center for the Arts (“AcA”) is a community-supported nonprofit organization that fosters art and culture in Acadiana. Since its founding, AcA has developed as a major force, shaping the future of public education and community development in South Louisiana.

AcA supports the creation of new works of art, exhibits, festivals, performances, and public art across an eight-parish region that includes Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes.

Fostering Art and Culture in Acadiana.

Founded in 1975, Acadiana Center for the Arts (“AcA”) is a community-supported nonprofit organization that fosters art and culture in Acadiana. Since its founding, AcA has developed as a major force, shaping the future of public education and community development in South Louisiana.

AcA supports the creation of new works of art, exhibits, festivals, performances, and public art across an eight-parish region that includes Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes.

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Arts in Education

Ensuring equitable access to the arts

Our vision is for creativity, art, and self-expression to be integral to every child’s life in Acadiana.

Community Development

Enhancing the cultural life of the community and promoting local artists

We are the central, organizing and convening hub of arts and culture in Acadiana. AcA’s professional staff serve to support artists, musicians, creatives, and cultural organizations across the region.

Visual Arts

Serves thousands of patrons each year through more than 20 exhibitions and 6,000 square feet of world-class galleries

Our Visual Arts department actively seeks out new regional artists as well as showcases leading professionals in the global arts community. The AcA’s exhibitions are also the primary anchor of Lafayette’s monthly ArtWalk and impacts over 20,000 patrons directly. 

Performing Arts

Elevated performing arts experiences

These programs put money into the local arts community and engage new audiences year-round. 

News

Member Spotlight – Sarah Oliver

Member Spotlight – Sarah Oliver

Sarah Oliver Profession: Interior Design Assistant How long have you been a member of AcA? 4 years Do you frequent any Downtown establishments? Which ones and what’s your go-to cocktail or lite bite? The downtown spot I probably frequent the most is Wild Child Wines…...

Member Spotlight – Adrian King

Member Spotlight – Adrian King

Adrian King Profession: Regional Vice President of Marketing Are you on the AcA Board and/or a Committee? Yes. I am currently on the Board of Directors and serve as Chair of the Community Development Committee. I also serve on the Finance Committee, Visual Arts...

Member Spotlight – Jessica Foreman

Member Spotlight – Jessica Foreman

Jessica Foreman Profession: Trinity Emergency Services / Trinity Rental Services How long have you been a member of AcA? Approx. 6 months Are you on the AcA Board and/or a Committee? I am lucky enough to be a Board member and participate on the Performing Arts,...

Tips & Tricks | Artist Biography vs Artist Statement by Erin Gray

Tips & Tricks | Artist Biography vs Artist Statement by Erin Gray

Writing your Artist Biography versus your Artist Statement By Erin Gray, Education Coordinator, Acadiana Center for the Arts So you’re going to be in an exhibition - congratulations! Or perhaps you’re planning to submit a grant application (ArtSpark, anyone?). You...

2023 ArtSpark Files : Ten Tiny Dances® by Whitney Willis Hebert

2023 ArtSpark Files : Ten Tiny Dances® by Whitney Willis Hebert

Back in April 2023 we packed about 150 people around a stage two nights in a row at the Feed N' Seed downtown and watched ten outstanding dances choreographed by ten local artists. I assume most of Lafayette hears “dance performance” and thinks of studio recitals— big...

2022 ArtSpark Files: Grant Tips from Suzanne E. Wiltz

2022 ArtSpark Files: Grant Tips from Suzanne E. Wiltz

Suzanne’s Tips Application Process 1. Really think about your proposed project: Artistically > Is this project within your current wheelhouse? Practically > How much of this project is within your current skillset? Do you have a network of people to help you...

Acadiana Cultural Health Access | Heat Safety During Festival Season

Acadiana Cultural Health Access | Heat Safety During Festival Season

By Kathy Richard, Co-Founding Director, Acadiana Cultural Health Access As Acadiana temps are predicted to continue to hit 100 again this summer, we encourage you to be mindful of the dangers of heat to yourselves and your fellow humans, particularly around festivals...

Teaching Artists | Admiring Acadiana’s tradition of culture sharing

Teaching Artists | Admiring Acadiana’s tradition of culture sharing

By Bree Sargent, Education Director, Acadiana Center for the Arts Originally published in Acadiana Profile on 06/01/2022 There are so many reasons to love you, Acadiana. I love the food and the festivals (I’ve danced my heart out at several recently). I love the...

Ceramics Now: Contemporary and Traditional Practices in Acadiana

Ceramics Now: Contemporary and Traditional Practices in Acadiana

Acadiana Center For The Arts Hosts the Most Comprehensive Ceramic Exhibition in the Region to Date Ceramics Now: Contemporary and Traditional Practices in Acadiana June 8, 2024 - August 10, 2024 Acadiana Center for the Arts Main Gallery   LAFAYETTE, LA - June 2,...

2024 Student Artist Awards Recipients

2024 Student Artist Awards Recipients

Acadiana Center For The Arts Announces Scholarships For These Ten Young Creatives From Across Acadiana Pictured (clockwise from top left): Laurel Greenway, Carley Dupré, Reed Patin, Elias Smith, Zhoriel Tapo, Oliver Gallagher, Cathryn Hanks, Ethan Moody, Sylvie Smith,...

2024 Student Arts Expo

2024 Student Arts Expo

42 Lafayette Parish schools to perform and exhibit art at AcA’s Student Arts Expo on Saturday, April 13, 2024     LAFAYETTE, LA - April 3, 2024 - Downtown Lafayette is set to come alive with the Student Arts Expo, a festival of creativity and culture,...

2024 ArtSpark Recipients

2024 ArtSpark Recipients

Acadiana Center for the Arts awards $50,000 to local artists   LAFAYETTE, LA - Friday March 29, 2024 - At an event last night, nine Acadiana artists were announced as the 2024 cohort for Acadiana Center for the Arts individual artist funding program, ArtSpark....

Herman Fuselier takes the mic as new host of Louisiana Crossroads

Herman Fuselier takes the mic as new host of Louisiana Crossroads

  pictured: Herman Fuselier, host of Louisiana Crossroads LAFAYETTE, LA, March 12, 2024 - This Thursday, Herman Fuselier will take the mic as the new host of the Louisiana Crossroads series. The performance series celebrates its 24th year as a program of Acadiana...

AcA’s 2024 Student Artist Awards Submissions Now Open!

AcA’s 2024 Student Artist Awards Submissions Now Open!

  LAFAYETTE, LA, March 6, 2024 - The submission period for Acadiana Center for the Arts’ student artist awards are now open. The Courtney Granger Memorial award and the Jean Breaux Award support highschool and college student artists, musicians, and other...

IN MEDIAS RES: How One Story Becomes Another

IN MEDIAS RES: How One Story Becomes Another

Acadiana Center for the Arts Hosts Large Group Exhibition Featuring Artworks from Local & Regional Artists in Dialogue with the Poetry of Former Louisiana Poet Laureate Featured Artwork: Megan Barra, Woman with Guitar | Featured Poem: Megan’s Guitar, Darrell...