The mission of the  Office of Cultural Development   is to serve the citizens of Louisiana by preserving,   supporting, 
developing and promoting Louisiana culture, including archaeology, arts, French language and historic places .
AUGUST 2015 
The Louisiana Percent for Art Program is accepting applications from artists for a large-scale sculpture or sculptural installation (with a budget of $543,579) to be placed at the Louisiana State University Student Union. The deadline to submit an initial application is  Aug. 7. Learn more here.
The Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation is accepting application for Certified Local Government grants. The deadline to apply is Aug. 14. Contact Ray Scriber at for eligibility questions. Learn more about the grant program here.
The Annual International Conference on Contemporary Cultural Studies is accepting academic papers in a variety of cultural disciplines for consideration. The submission deadline is Aug. 21. Learn more about the conference here.
The Aesthetica Art Prize is a juried contest with diverse categories offering artists an opportunity to advance their profiles on the international art scene. Apply for the Main Prize (£5,000) or the Student Prize (£1,000) by Aug. 31. Learn more here.
Our Town, the National Endowment for the Arts' primary creative placemaking program, supports projects that help transform communities into lively, beautiful and resilient places with the arts at their core. The first step in this year's application process is due Sept. 21. Learn more about the program and how to apply  here.
The 360 XOCHI QUETZAL Artists and Writer's Residency Program is located in Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico, on the shores of the largest lake in the country in an international artist mecca. The residency offers support to artists, writers and musicians who would benefit from uninterrupted time to devote to creativity. The deadline to apply for the coming year's residency is Sept. 27. Learn more here.
The GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program provides funding to facilitate music preservation and research projects. The deadline to submit a letter of inquiry to the program for the 2016 cycle is  Oct. 1. Learn more here.
The National Council for the Social Studies will hold its annual conference Nov. 13 - 15 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans. Learn more here.
Embracing Our Differences has issued a call to artists to submit pieces on "enriching lives through diversity." Three $1,000 prizes will be given to selected winners. The submission deadline is Jan. 4, 2016. Learn more here.

Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America is a national initiative that provides support for presenting exemplary artists from Latin America in communities across the U.S. Grants are available to nonprofit presenters booking artists for engagements taking place between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. Learn more about the program and how to apply here.

The Joan Mitchell Foundation's Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) program supports visual artists in a variety of ways to preserve their legacies. Learn more here.
The Pollination Project awards social entrepreneurs seed grants of up to $1,000 for projects that promote compassion to life, environmental sustainability, justice, community wellness and social change-oriented arts and culture. Learn more here.
New Orleans Theatre Association, a presenter of touring productions, funds diverse projects in the arts and presenting fields. Learn more here.
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Lt. Gov. Dardenne appoints new cultural chief
OCD assistant secretary Phil Boggan

Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne has named Phil Boggan as the head of the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development. Boggan previously served as deputy assistant secretary of OCD under his predecessor, Pam Breaux, who left to become the CEO of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.


"Phil Boggan has served the Office of Cultural Development ably as its deputy chief for a number of years, and I have full confidence that the office will continue to thrive under his leadership," Lt. Governor Dardenne said.


Boggan has been with the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism since 2002. In that time he has served as deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Cultural Development, head of the Division of Historic Preservation and director of the Louisiana Main Street program. Boggan holds a master's degree in preservation studies from Tulane University.
Save the date for unveiling of La. arts and cultural treasure Sept. 21
CODOFIL helps emergency response from Haiti communicate during visit
Jenner Claude Saindrin with Haitian National Police asks Prescott Marshall, Iberia Parish's emergency preparedness director, about procedures during a situation calling for residential evacution. (Zane Hill/The Daily Iberian)

Language, thanks to CODOFIL, was no barrier for local emergency response officials and the contingent of Haitian officials as the two parties met Wednesday at the Iberia Parish Courthouse.


What began as a meeting for the parties to discuss emergency response tactics turned into an opportunity for CODOFIL--the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana--to take advantage of the link between Acadiana and Haiti: Creole French.


"We're interested in leveraging our local Creole French into an opportunity for disaster response and foreign aid," said Charles Larroque, executive director of CODOFIL.


The Haitian delegation sat in the Iberia Parish Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness office Wednesday for the presentation from the office's director, Prescott Marshall. What they apparently did not expect, as evidenced by their reactions, was being greeted by Alton Francis, a U.S. Army veteran from Parks, in essentially their native tongue.


"It was a real icebreaker," Marshall said. "It really set the tone of the whole meeting."


CODOFIL also provided a translator for the remainder of the meeting, which was partially a reflection of Haiti's agreement with the Louisiana National Guard to partner together in developing and advancing disaster response. Haiti, lying southeast of Cuba, is often one of the first targets of hurricanes and other tropical storms.


"It's basically an exchange of information," said Maj. Allen West with the National Guard. "How they do things and how we do things. Hopefully they can take that back and integrate it in some of their programs."


Marshall said it was inevitable the U.S. would have to assist Haiti, among other neighboring countries, during a disaster and an established relationship built on language connections would only help. Larroque said he, too, had that in mind.


"We share the weather," Larroque said. "We share the sugar cane industry. We share the problems. We're talking about using our heritage's language for economic development and giving our practical application of the language to the needs of the 21st century."


Read more about the partnership here.

Regional cultural district roundtable meetings taking place across La.

Regional cultural district roundtable meetings will be taking place across the state in August and September to inform and inspire the districts. 


WHY? For Cultural District liaisons, CD team members, artists and stakeholders to share ideas about what the cultural districts are doing.


WHAT? A representative(s) from each CD will speak for about what is going on in their district, addressing the following:

  • Name, location, and description, including unique features of the cultural district
  • How the district is organized
  • The district's relationship with local government and civic organizations
  • Local/regional arts organizations and their activities and events
  • How the district communicates and promotes programs
  • How the district is funded and operates
  • The district's successful events and why they work
  • The district's greatest challenges
  • The district's goal setting for cultural development
  • Good resources other districts might access

WHERE? Meeting locations were chosen for accessibility to neighboring districts. Try to attend the regional meeting for your parish, but all may attend any session that is convenient.

  • Kenner: Tuesday, Aug. 11 (33 CDs in Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Mary and Terrebonne)
  • Lafayette: Wednesday, Aug. 19 (16 CDs in Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion)
  • Hammond: Thursday, Aug. 20 (14 CDs in East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and West Feliciana)
  • Many: Tuesday, Sept. 22 (8 CDs in Beauregard, Calcasieu, DeSoto, Jefferson Davis, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon and Sabine)
Call Gaye Hamilton, director of the cultural districts program, at 225.342.8161 to RSVP. Learn more about the program here.
New online information about La. archaeological sites

The Louisiana Division of Archaeology has developed six new web-based interactive exhibits highlighting some of Louisiana's most important archaeological sites.


The online exhibits highlight: 

  • Poverty Point, a monumental earthworks site in West Carroll Parish (1700 B.C. to 1100 B.C.)
  • Bayou Jasmine, a site in St. John the Baptist Parish (800 B.C. to A.D. 1400)
  • Tchefuncte, a site in St. Tammany Parish (600 B.C. to 200 B.C.)
  • Marksville, an earthworks site in Avoyelles Parish (A.D. 1 to A.D. 400)
  • El Nuevo Constante, a Spanish shipwreck off Cameron Parish (A.D. 1766)
  • Bailey's Dam, a Civil War-era dam in Rapides Parish (A.D. 1864)

You are invited to explore these and other materials about Louisiana archaeology at


The interactive exhibits were made possible through the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as part of the implementation of the Louisiana Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for Hurricane Katrina recovery.

Division of Historic Pereservation to hold summer Commission Assistance & Mentoring Program Aug. 29
The Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation and the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions are pleased to announce a summertime opportunity to attend CAMP.

What is CAMP?

The Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program is the signature training offered by the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. CAMP is led by qualified preservation professionals from around the country in support of local preservation commissions. NAPC's mission is to build strong local preservation programs through education, advocacy and training.

The goal of CAMP is to provide high-quality, engaging and informative training to preservation boards and commissions of all types through presentations, hands-on exercises, group discussions and networking/mentoring opportunities via live training. Trainers include commissioners, local, state and national staff members, attorneys and commission partners.

Who attends CAMP?

CAMP is designed to provide continuing education and support to local design review commissions and Main Street organizations, their staff and partners, such as neighborhood organizations, local and statewide non-profits, community leaders and public officials.

Typically, the Division of Historic Preservation hosts CAMPs in late winter or early spring. In response to requests from the field, a summer CAMP willd be held in 2015.


The Rapides Foundation
1101 Fourth St.
Alexandria, LA 71301


Saturday, Aug. 29
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This training is offered free of charge by the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation. Attendance fulfills the annual training requirement for historic district commissioners.

To register for CAMP, email Ray Scriber at
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