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 .
JUNE 2015 
The Louisiana Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is accepting nominations for its annual design awards program. Submissions are due June 11. Learn more here.
The Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation is accepting design concepts for a permanent commemorative work in Washington, DC. The deadline to submit a design for the competition is  June 12. Learn more here.
The National Park Service has announced the availability of Historic Preservation Fund Grants to Underrepresented Communities. Applications are due  June 15. Learn more here.
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.
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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La. Main Street programs receive national accreditation

Louisiana Main Street has announced that six Main Street programs have been designated as accredited National Main Street Programs for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center?, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Denham Springs Main Street, Hammond Downtown Development District, Leesville Main Street, Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Main Street, Plaquemine Main Street and Thibodaux Main Street all received the accreditation.


Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street? programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four Point Approach?.

"We congratulate this year's nationally accredited Main Street programs for their outstanding accomplishment in meeting the National Main Street Center's 10 Standards of Performance," says Patrice Frey, president & CEO of the National Main Street Center. "As the National Main Street Center celebrates its 35th Anniversary, it is also important to celebrate the achievements of the local Main Street programs across the country, some of which have been around since the beginning.  These local programs work hard every day to make their communities great places to work, live, play and visit while still preserving their historic character."  

The Main Street organizations are evaluated annually by Louisiana Main Street, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet 10 performance standards. These standards set the benchmarks for measuring an individual Main Street program's application of the Main Street Four Point Approach? to commercial district revitalization.

Evaluation criteria determine the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

In 2014, Louisiana Main Street districts generated 147 new businesses, 436 new jobs, $57,000,000 in building rehabilitations and new construction, and $50,500,000 in public improvements.  More than 41,000 volunteer hours were recorded by more than 9,000 volunteers.  Main Street programs in Louisiana leverage an average of $28 for every public/private dollar invested.

Louisiana Main Street is a program of the National Main Street Center, Inc., and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development. For more information, visit

NEA releases FY 2015 spring grantees

The National Endowment of the Arts has announced its fiscal year 2015 spring grantees. Louisiana is set to receive a total of $1,186,600 between 19 grantees, including one for the Louisiana Division of the Arts to support partnership agreement activities. Learn more about the NEA's Louisiana grantees and all the country's grantees here.

Staff archaeologists visit prehistoric sites in Livingston and Tangipahoa

Archaeologists from the Louisiana Division of Archaeology recently responded to a request regarding several prehistoric sites along the Tickfaw and Natalbany Rivers, covering Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes. Mr. Shaun Murphy, chief of the Louisiana Band of Choctaw, contacted Dr. Chip McGimsey for help in determining the status of specific sites along these rivers. With the trowel signal flashing in the Louisiana sky, Julie Doucet and Paul French set out once again to champion the cause of Louisiana archaeology.

Some of the sites Julie and Paul visited were along the river banks and could be accessed directly, meaning jumping off the boat into the shallow water near shore (pictured above: staff archaeologist Paul French and Chief Shaun Murphy). Other sites were in heavily vegetated areas along the river bank. Fortunately, the alligators who lazily observed the motley crew of adventures opted not to investigate.


The team verified that all but one site was recorded. Chief Shaun Murphy and friends were excellent guides back in time for Julie and Paul. Future archaeological treks are planned with Chief Murphy and the Louisiana Band of Choctaw, so stay tuned...
National preservation organization presents on available resources
Andy Ferrell, chief of architecture and engineering at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, presented on the NCPTT and technology resources for historic preservation at May's Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation conference. This invaluable presentation gave attendees important information on all the different resources available to those working in historic preservation from the National Park Service and the NCPTT. Click here to view the presentation.
NEA to present webinar on Art Works grants June 3
Join the National Endowment for the Arts for a one-hour Art Works Design grant guidelines workshop Wednesday, June 3, at 2 p.m. central. A presentation by NEA Design staff will be followed by a Q&A session. You will be muted and able to ask questions using the Q&A box. You can listen to the webinar using your computer speakers or dial-in to 1.877.685.5350 with participant code 739587. An archive will be available a few days after the webinar. Register for the webinar here, and learn more about Art Works here.
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