Fostering art and culture in Acadiana.
How We Serve Our Community
Arts in Education
The AcA’s Arts in Education programs provide arts experiences to students as well as tools to teachers for integrating the arts into the education experience.
AcA administers state, local, and privately funded arts and culture re-grant programs, supports the creation of new works of art, exhibits, performances, workshops, public art, and audience services.
AcA serves thousands of patrons each year through more than 20 exhibitions and 6,000 square feet of world-class galleries.
The department actively seeks out new regional artists, as well as showcases leading professionals in the global arts community.
AcA’s Performing Arts Program includes a wide variety of elevating performing arts experiences that continue to attract support, participation, & public attention from all corners of the community. These programs put money into the local arts community & engage new audiences year-round.
by AcA Teaching Artists annually
receive AcA’s Arts in Education services annually
years of partnership
with Lafayette Parish School System
invested in Acadiana artists and cultural organizations annually
in Acadiana artists and cultural organizations, through fair compensation and grant support
served annually by AcA
fairly compensated annually
parishes served by AcA's mission
(Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, & Vermilion Parishes)
Our Mission and History
Our mission is 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.
AcA aims to bring equitable access to the arts and supports fair compensation of artists. On average, AcA serves over 300,000 people annually and provides fair compensation to 2,700 artists.
In 2013, the AcA merged with the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (“PASA”), whose mission was to educate, inspire, entertain, and culturally enrich the people of south Louisiana by providing local access to a diverse range of the performing arts. This merger supported the vision of both organizations and provided much-needed support to PASA’s programs. Founded in 1989, PASA served as a leading voice in the performing arts in South Louisiana for close to three decades.
Fundraising & Marketing Staff
Marketing & Design Assistant
Community Development Manager
Performing Arts Director
Community Development Director
Visual Arts Director
Performing Arts Coordinator
Audrey de Mahy
Guest Services Manager
Café & Bar Manager
Want to work with us?
AcA Board of Directors
Attorney, Jones Walker LLP
Senior Partner, JKR Advertising & Marketing
Principal, J. Wallace James Elementary, Lafayette Parish School System
Talented Teacher, Lafayette Parish School System; Director, Theatre Acadie
Robert John, Jr.
Partner, J&J Exterminating
Brandon “DJ Digital” Journet
Performing Artist; Host, XXL Higher Level Radio, Townsquare Media
Retired Superintendent, Lafayette Parish School System
Hannah Smith Mason
Artist; Community Outreach and Business Development, Smith Mason & Co.
Olivia Smith Regard
Division Assistant Vice President, Compliance Counsel; Arthur J. Gallagher
President/Owner, Standard Title
Owner, Quality of Life Services; Executive Director, Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation
Partner, Kean Miller LLP
President, Associated Travel LLC
Owner, Maison Stéphanie Bed and Breakfast
Owner, Attakapas Collective
Principal, Heggie Investment Partners
Head of Product, Sootchy, Inc.
Representative of Junior League of Lafayette
Partner, Broussard & David
Vice President/Director of Talent Development, Home Bank
Marshal Reggie Thomas
Lafayette City Marshal; Deacon, St. James Baptist Church
AcA Board Officers
Ronnie Daigle, MD
Immediate Past President
James Kirk Piccione
Executive Committee Member-at-Large
Aleisha Johnson, MBA
Executive Committee Member-at-Large