Acadiana Center for the Arts Cordially invites you to

The Pelican Ball

The Pelican Ball

An elegant and creative evening of music, food, dancing, and artful surprises.

Pelican Ball 2023 Honorees:

Vicki Chrisman

Dan Hare

Randy & Daynese Haynie

Gerd Wuestemann


Saturday, December 2, 2023


Black Tie Optional

Dancing Shoes Mandatory

Entertainment by
The Iguanas

Entertainment by
Stardust Acrobatics

Pelicans on Parade

1 newly designed Pelicans on Parade will be available during a live auction, as well as 4 small tabletop pelicans in a silent auction.

Live Auction Pelicans

Image of Sacred Heart Pelican
Ghost Pelican Side

“Sacred Heartland” by Cayla Zeek

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

Silent Auction Pelicans

Pink Floral Pelican
Satsuma Pelican
Blue Pelican

“Fleurir Ensemble” by Theresa Rose Mayard

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

“Bluesiana Peleggcan” by Samantha Battaglia Arnold

About the Pelican Ball

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.

Download the original Pelican Field Guide from way back when! This document has images of all of the original Pelicans on Parade and lots of historic info on the project.