Image provided by Hannah Gumbo, ArtSpark 2021 recipient


Together, the Acadiana Center for the Arts and Lafayette Economic Development Authority offer ArtSpark, an Individual Artist Funding Program.

The purpose of ArtSpark is to directly support artists in Acadiana, especially those with otherwise limited opportunities, to expand their bodies of work as a professional and offer outreach to the community.

These awards offer assistance to emerging, mid-career, and mature artists for specific, short-term projects.

Important Dates:

2022 Funding Cycle: April 1, 2022 to December 1, 2022

2023 Submissions Open: mid-January 2023


Please read ArtSpark 2022 Guidelines before completing your application.


To receive assistance prior to the application deadline please call (337) 233-7060, or contact Anna Kojevnikov at or Gwen Richard at

A draft of your application may be submitted for review in advance of the deadline, but no later than February 19.


At the bottom of the online form, you may select save and continue to save as a draft. This will provide you with a link you may use to return to your form. You may also have this link emailed to your email address. If you would like assistance with your draft application, email this link to either of the email addresses above.

Applications are currently closed. Please direct any inquiries to:

If you plan on applying for the next cycle, read through these guidelines & watch the video:


    • Applicant Contact Information
    • Narrative Responses
    • Budget
    • Work Samples
    • Providers of Service (if applicable)
    • Letter of Support (optional)
    • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Demographic Information
    • Participation Agreement

2022 ArtSpark Grant Recipients:

Kelli Jones
A new e-zine series, The Coop, is a monthly short-format digital magazine comprised of highly- curated content for Louisiana music fans, locals, and tourists alike. Featuring videos, interviews, musical content, recipes, historical profiles, French featurettes, and other unique content culled from local musicians, chefs, storytellers, artists, and other purveyors of culture from Acadiana.
Jillian Godshall
HOME OF EVANGELINE blends animation and documentary to craft an original retelling of one of Louisiana's most revered folktales. As the story goes, a young woman named Evangeline wandered from Canada to Louisiana after being separated from her new husband Gabriel during the expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia in 1755. Since then, the story has been told and retold so often that it has contributed much to the ethos and identity of South Louisiana. However, in its continual retelling, several versions of the Evangeline story emerged, each full of contrasting details about which there is wide debate.
Marla Kristicevich
Meander Mindset: Teche will explore & investigate the landscape of the Bayou Teche starting at the Teche in St Landry parish and meandering through to the end in St Mary Parish traveling in a small skiff, the Lady Lucinda, with photographer Kristie Cornell who will document the artists eco-installations & the landscape through photography.
Philip Gould
A photography series of aerial views taken with a drone and from charter aircraft which offer a heightened sense of place for Lafayette, Acadiana, and Louisiana. This will showcase Louisiana's evocative landscapes and landmarks and portray the difficult challenges we face with coastal erosion and ongoing sea level rise.
Suzanne E. Wiltz
A poetry performance at the Teche Theater in Franklin centered around real-life ancestor Zebulon (who according to family legend was sold away from the family during slavery times and never heard from again). The proposed poetry cycle will explore and imagine Zebulon’s reactions to the 19 extant historical markers and war memorials in Franklin – none of which honor African-Americans.
Kelli Foret Richard
Drawn to Grow, a project rooted in Food Sovereignty, Decentralization and Regenerative Agriculture Practices and aims to engage the community with a call to action. Some scientists believe, if we do not change our conventional agricultural ways, our planet has about 57 harvest years left until we reach full desertification, which is the process by which land becomes desert as a result of deforestation or inappropriate agriculture. 57 drawings of foods, plants, etc. that can be easily grown at home in our region will be created. Each drawing will offer a small nugget of awareness about these important topics.
Paul Schexnayder
Kathleen Babineaux Blanco-A Woman of FIRSTS, is a narrative-bio children’s book that follows her journey from the cane fields of Coteau in Iberia parish to the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge.
Michelle Colón
Music video for "Llorando En La Disco", the lead single of a new five-song original EP titled ‘Camellia’. The music video is set in a cowboy-themed bar, and shows an outsider looking for a place to belong and someone to be.
Carey Hamburg
The art installation would feature a 25 foot diameter metal-frame dome, covered to represent a giant drop of water. Inside the dome will be large scale sculptures of the microscopic animals and plants that could "live" inside. Visitors to the dome could experience an imaginative shrinking journey to microscopic size and then explore life within a water-drop!