Grants & Resources
Opportunities for Artists
Open Call to Artists
In celebrating the 200-year anniversary of Lafayette Parish’s Official Charter, Acadiana Center for the Arts is undertaking a juried exhibition inviting artists from the communities we serve to be inspired by the motto of Lafayette Parish’s namesake, the Marquis de Lafayette.
Emblazoned on his family’s coat-of-arms is the phrase “Cūr Nōn”, a Latin phrase meaning “Pourquoi Pas” or “Why Not?” The Marquis considered this a phrase to inspire audaciousness, which he lived by throughout his life in both the American and French Revolutionary Wars.
We are inviting artists to respond to the theme of “Cūr Nōn” in order to envision what may come in the next 200 years here in Lafayette Parish and the City of Lafayette.
Courtney Granger Memorial Award
The Courtney Granger Award provides young musicians in Acadiana an opportunity to apply for financial assistance to attend local and national camps for traditional music, provide mentors for private and small group music lessons, and instruments or instrument repairs to aspiring traditional musicians — all opportunities that were so very important to Courtney.
Jean Breaux Award
The Jean Breaux Award is a grant program administered by the AcA for high school and college students in the 8-parish region of Acadiana including Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes.
Teaching Artist Program
The Teaching Artist Program provides the opportunity for students to experience a broad range of art forms and innovative arts activities right in their classroom! Music, dance, creative writing, visual arts, storytelling and folk arts are examples of some of the art forms students can experience in this program. Sessions are designed and led by a local Teaching Artist. Lafayette Parish and St. Landry Parish public schools have the opportunity to invite an AcA Teaching Artist to their classroom and experience the arts as powerful teaching, learning and motivation tools!
Learning & connection opportunities for artists in Acadiana. Creative Acadiana supports the economic growth and sustainable practices for artists, creatives, and culture bearers.
The ArtBox Public Art Initiative is a project aimed at transforming traffic boxes around Lafayette into beautiful pieces of public art.
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.