Fostering art and culture in Acadiana.

About Us

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.

Community Development

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.

Visual Arts

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.

 

Performing Arts

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.

students enriched

by AcA Teaching Artists annually

public schools

receive AcA’s Arts in Education services annually

years of partnership

with Lafayette Parish School System

Teaching Artists

employed annually

invested in Acadiana artists and cultural organizations annually

in Acadiana artists and cultural organizations, through fair compensation and grant support

people

served annually by AcA

artists

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.

Annual Report & Strategic Plan

AcA Staff

Executive Staff

Samuel Oliver

Executive Director

Iya Tsyrkot

Executive Assistant

Fundraising & Marketing Staff

Corinne Sprague

Development Coordinator

Mandy McGee

Marketing & Design Assistant

Rachel Adams

Marketing Manager

Program Staff

Anna Kojevnikov

Community Development Manager

Bree Sargent

Education Director

Erin Gray

Education Coordinator

Glenn Fields

Performing Arts Director

Gwen Richard

Community Development Director

Jaik Faulk

Visual Arts Director

Paige Thomas

Education Manager

Reagan Benit

Performing Arts Coordinator

Theresa Neef

Visual Arts Assistant

Operations Staff

Aaron Thomas

Production Manager

Audrey de May

Guest Services Manager

Beth Chiasson

Operations Director

Connie Petro

Office Manager

Maggie Martin

Production Assistant

Mike Drennan

Facility Engineer

Tim Benoit

Facility Coordinator

Tshy Cross

Café & Bar Manager

Vicki Chrisman

Bookkeeper

Want to work with us?

AcA Board of Directors

Jessica Allain

Attorney, Jones Walker LLP

Richard Brauns

Senior Partner, JKR Advertising & Marketing

Karen deClouet

Artist

Jon Downs

Principal, J. Wallace James Elementary, Lafayette Parish School System

Sarah Gauthier

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

Burnell Lemoine

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

Sadie Shamsie

President/Owner, Standard Title

Johnathan Williams

Owner, Quality of Life Services; Executive Director, Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation

Charles Boudreaux

Partner, Kean Miller LLP

Robbie Bush

President, Associated Travel LLC

Kenneth Douet

Owner, Maison Stéphanie Bed and Breakfast

Erica Fox

Owner, Attakapas Collective

Nanette Heggie

Principal, Heggie Investment Partners

Ethan Jordan

Head of Product, Sootchy, Inc.

Cliff LaCour

Partner, NeunerPate

Melissa Maeker

Representative of Junior League of Lafayette

Jerome Moroux

Partner, Broussard & David

Mechelle Roberthon

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

President

Lyle Girouard

Immediate Past President

James Kirk Piccione

Treasurer

Michael Munzing

Executive Committee Member-at-Large

Taylor Davis

President-Elect

Daphne Krampe

Secretary

Aleisha Johnson, MBA

Executive Committee Member-at-Large