About Acadiana Center for the Arts

Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA) is a publicly supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are the central cultural hub of Acadiana, an eight-parish region comprised of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes. From our origins as an arts council established in 1975, we have transformed into one of the largest arts organizations in Louisiana. AcA’s public facility is in the heart of downtown Lafayette featuring an intimate theater, large museum-quality galleries, as well as workshop, rehearsal, and office spaces.

AcA works toward meeting our mission of fostering arts and culture in Acadiana through annual:

  • Arts in education programming impacting approximately 18,600 students and 950 educators
  • Over 250 performances and events throughout Acadiana
  • Community development and grantmaking on behalf of local and state entities
  • Outreach opportunities and public art corridors
  • Free visual arts exhibits and monthly ArtWalks drawing over 18,000 individuals


AcA is a nationally renowned education center and has been a Kennedy Center Partner for over 20 years. We have recently been awarded the Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana Culture Award as Outstanding Arts Organization. Additionally, we work extensively in the area of artist services.

In keeping with our mission, AcA supports fair and equitable compensation for the work of all artists and is committed to the promotion and support of artists as working professionals. AcA strives to support artists in meeting their full potential and help them develop professional careers through advocacy at the local, state-wide, and national levels.

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