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Acadiana Center for the Arts
Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 W Vermilion St, Lafayette, LA


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Sat, December 2, 2023


6:30 pm



Pelican Ball

Hosted in the James Devin Moncus Theater, this annual gala celebrates the leading supporters of arts and culture in Acadiana on Saturday, December 2, 2023. The event also features a live and silent auction, which is the only opportunity to receive a Pelicans on Parade for your business or home.

Ticket Includes: food + drinks + live music + live art + Pelicans on Parade auction

Ticket Purchase Supports: AcA’s programs that bring national acts of music & dance, thrilling theater productions, and cutting-edge visual arts exhibitions to Lafayette. Your support also helps expand AcA’s community programs, which include professional development for practicing artists and Arts in Education experiences for more than 80 schools across the region, impacting 43,000 students per year.

Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Live music by Danny Devillier, Chad Viator, & Greg Radcliff + live art by Stardust Acrobatics & Jess Newton

Headliner: The Iguanas (New Orleans)

A fixture of the New Orleans music scene for over two decades, The Iguanas’ music is an infectious mix of America’s musical heritage – Tejano and Conjunto sounds from the Texas/Mexico border region, as best exemplified by the accordion and bajo sexto, the American South’s Blues, Jazz and New Orleans R&B, and the fiery passion of the music of the Caribbean and Mexico.

Taking their cues from all of these influences and then some, The Iguanas redefine the notion of Americana, crossing cultures, styles, eras… and even languages. It is not surpising then that the members of The Iguanas have (collectively or individually) played or recorded with everyone from Charlie Rich, Alex Chilton, and Willy DeVille to Emmylou Harris, Allen Toussaint, and Pretty Lights.

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.

Image of Sacred Heart Pelican

Vicki Chrisman

A stalwart of the arts who contributes time, talent and passion through keen financial acumen for AcA.

Cayla Zeek Pelican Right

Dan Hare

Active member of many philanthropic boards promoting the enrichment of art in our community.

Ghost Pelican Front

Daynese & Randy Haynie

Ushered viable coalitions for the betterment of art and culture in Acadiana, along with financial and fundraising support for those organizations.

Ghost Pelican Side

Dr. Gerd Wuestemann

As Executive Director, guided the organization into its new identity as the AcA, led by the opening of the James Devin Moncus Theater.

Live Auction Pelicans

Can’t have Pelican Ball without the pelicans!

This event features a live and silent auction, which is the only opportunity to receive a Pelicans on Parade for your business or home.

Image of Sacred Heart Pelican
Cayla Zeek Pelican Right
Ghost Pelican Front
Ghost Pelican Side

“Sacred Heartland” by Cayla Zeek

Ghost pelican to be painted by an artist of winning bidder’s choice

Silent Auction Pelicans

Satsuma Pelican
Pink Floral Pelican
Blue Pelican

“Come Sit on My Knee and Eat a Satsuma with Me” by Charlene Hinrichs

“Fleurir Ensemble” by Theresa Rose Mayard

“Bluesiana Peleggcan” by Samantha Battaglia Arnold

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor: Haynie Family Foundation

Benefactor Sponsors: Elaine & Ed Abell, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Montgomery, Tracy & Kevin Moody, Jim Rees & Jeannine Lanoux, Dr. and Mrs. William “Kip” Schumacher, Tides Medical

Patron Sponsors: Dr. Ronnie Daigle & Dr. Patricia Cran, Mrs. Ann Dobie, Tracy & Bryan Frentz, Karren & Tommy Hays, Kiki, Daphne & E.J. Krampe, Dr. Mary B. Neiheisel, Dr. Lawrence & Lindsay Simon

The event is finished.