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 .
JULY 2015 
The  National Endowment for the Arts ' Art Works grant program is an important mode of support for artists and arts organizations in the United States. The next cycle's deadline to apply is July 23. Learn more about Art Works and apply here.
The Sylvia Harris Citizen Design Award honors designers that have developed a strong project concept to ignite change in their community. It offers $10,000 toward implementation of the project. The deadline to apply is Aug ust  3 . Learn more and apply 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 August 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 August 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.
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 January 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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Percent for Art issues call to artists for large-scale commission

The Louisiana Division of the Arts Percent for Art program has issued a call to artists for a large-scale commission at Louisiana State University's Student Union. Artists or artist teams are being sought to design and implement a site-specific, large-scale work of art or sculptural installation of original design that integrates with and enhances the LSU Student Union and its exterior elements (at the entrance facing the LSU Parade Grounds). This commission's budget is $543,579, and the deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 7. All applications must be electronically submitted through the CAFE system by 10:59 p.m. central Aug. 7. Click here to learn more about the commission and how to apply. Learn more about the Percent for Art program here.

CODOFIL announces scholarship recipients

The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) has announced eight candidates for the Escadrille Louisiane program for the 2015 - 2016 school year. Escadrille Louisiane gives Louisiana natives with college degrees the opportunity to earn a Master of the Arts in Teaching (MAT) from Centenary College in Shreveport while also taking courses at the University of Rennes in Rennes, France, where they will spend an academic year as teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools. The candidates commit to working in Louisiana's French education programs and schools for at least three years at the conclusion of the program.


The eight candidates are: Soliska Cheramie, Galliano; Catherine Hudson, Baton Rouge; Alyse Poppa, Lafayette; Emily Thibodeaux, Lafayette; Jamie Lynn Fontenot, Opelousas; Catherine Lowe, Wheaton, Ill.; Ann Mefford, Lake Charles; and Emily Didier, Roberts Cove.


Named after Escadrille Lafayette--a group of 200 Americans who trained as pilots to fly for the French during World War I--the program's goal is to fill Louisiana schools with qualified and certified French speakers from Louisiana who have their state's heritage, languages and culture at heart. Dr. William Arceneaux, president of CODOFIL, said, "These candidates exemplify the spirit of the Escadrille Lafayette pilots and will be a tremendous asset for French education in Louisiana."

Learn more about the work of CODOFIL here.
Creative Capital offers Professional Development Program

Creative Capital, an arts organization that has awarded $35 million to 579 groundbreaking artists nationawide through funding, counsel and career development services is promoting its extensive Professional Development Program. Developed by artists for artists, the Professional Development Program provides career-, community- and confidence-building tools to help all artists become successful artists. Whether you're an organization looking for partnerships or an artist looking for your own opportunities for advancement, you can take advantage of a number of professional development opportunities through Creative Capital. Learn more about the workshops, webinars, resources and more offered by Creative Capital here.

Corridor des Arts takes on creative placemaking in southwest La.

Have you heard of Corridor des Arts? This creative region of five communities--Arnaudville, Cecilia, Grand Coteau, Henderson and Sunset--has come together to develop a creative placemaking project to enhance the entire region's quality of life. A first meeting held June 29 brought out residents, business owners and government leaders to learn about each community and establish rules for participation.


All residents of the region are invited to attend the next planning session at 7 p.m. on Monday, July 13, at Atchafalaya Basin Landing and Marina (1377 Henderson Levee Road) in Henderson.


Click here to learn more about the concept of creative placemaking and its significant results.

NPS to present webinar on federal historic tax credit program July 23
Join the National Park Service for a free 90-minute webinar called "Historic Tax Credits 101: An Introduction to the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program" Thursday, July 23, at 1 p.m. central. The Federal Historic Tax Credit has become an important incentive for the preservation and rehabilitation of commercial and rental residential historic buildings. It is one of the federal government's most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. The results of the program are evident throughout the country, where vacant and underused buildings have been returned to productive use.

This webinar will review the basics of the Federal Historic Tax Credit including:
* What is the tax credit?
* What buildings qualify for the credit?
* What expenditures qualify for the credit?
* What is a certified rehabilitation?
* What is the application process?

Click here to learn more and register for the webinar.
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