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Join us Saturday, December 3rd for our second annual Pelican Ball!
An elegant and creative evening of music, food, dancing, and artful surprises.
This year’s gala honors Mary B. Neiheisel and James Devin Moncus (posthumously) for their contributions and passion for art and culture in Acadiana.
The Pelican Ball recognizes the people who have shaped the arts in Acadiana through their commitment and service. We honor both individuals who have contributed directly to the arts council’s work and individuals who have shaped the broader cultural life in Acadiana through their work.
We honor these individuals, and we celebrate our thriving culture in the best way we know how: with a night full of food, music, and artful surprises amidst the core ‘flock’ of Acadiana’s cultural community.
Why a Pelican?
In 2000, Acadiana Center for the Arts worked with artist David Fox and students at public elementary schools served by AcA’s arts education programs to design the first “Pelicans on Parade.” In 2021, AcA re-introduced the Pelicans on Parade as part of an annual fundraiser, the Pelican Ball, where new, unique pelicans are auctioned off as part of the benefit for arts education in Acadiana.
Who Can Apply to Decorate a Pelican?
Only artists living or working in the eight-parish Acadiana region are eligible, including Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Mary, St. Martin, and Vermilion parishes.
Two Kinds of Pelicans:
Selection Criteria: Proposed designs will be reviewed and selected by AcA based on (1) originality, (2) compliance with Design Criteria, (3) and local/regional cultural relevance. Artists will be notified if and when their designs are selected on September 1.
How to Submit a Proposal: The submission deadline is August 29, 2022. Submissions will only be collected through the form on this page.
Included with the submission:
Schedule: If selected by September 1, 2022, artist takes possession of a pelican from AcA, decorates, and returns it in a completely finished state by no later than November 1, 2022.
Compensation: If selected for a Large Pelican the fee for this service is $500, and if selected for a Small Pelican, the fee for this service is $200. Payment is due from AcA on delivery of the finished piece. Artists whose designs are chosen will receive one complimentary ticket to the Pelican Ball on Thursday, December 1, 2022
Additional Pelicans: A Large blank pelican (the “ghost pelican”) will be available during the live auction. The winning bidder may select the design from among the additional submissions and may include some specific requests or revisions to an artist’s proposal. AcA will contract the selected artist for the ghost pelican for a fee of $750. If selected, artist agrees to take possession of a pelican from AcA, decorate, and return in a completely finished state by no later than March 1, 2022.
TERMS OF AGREEMENT
All artists submitting for the Pelicans on Parade project agree to the following:
All submissions will be accepted online through this webpage.
For questions regarding the project and assistance with submissions contact AcA’s Visual Arts Director Jaik Faulk via email at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or by phone at 337.233.7060 ext 233
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