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Contemporary Arts Center


Contemporary Arts Center

The Contemporary Arts Center, or CAC, is a multi-disciplinary arts center dedicated to presenting, producing and promoting contemporary art.

The CAC hosts, organizes and curates exhibits and performances by local, national and international artists. The CAC also organizes programs to educate children and adults about art, and fosters collaborations among artists and institutions.

The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) was originally formed in 1976 by a group of visual artists looking to bring together visual and performing arts. The CAC was a community organization created by artists and run by artists. As New Orleans' arts district got bigger, the Contemporary Arts Center did as well, and grew to meet the needs of its diverse artistic community.

The CAC's current building was donated to the center in 1999, and mixes the historic aspect of New Orleans' traditional architecture with contemporary materials. The CAC has remained dedicated to promoting multi-disciplinary arts and arts education.

The CAC currently covers two floors and has about 10,000 square feet of gallery space dedicated to a variety of different arts and exhibitions each year, including painting, theater, photography, performance art, dance, music, video, and sculpture.

The CAC's education department has organized art-related activities for over 10,000 children and adults, including individuals with special needs and from economically deprived backgrounds.


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