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 .
MARCH 2015 
Creative Capital helps artists realize specific projects while building their capacity to sustain a long-term career. Send a letter of inquiry by March 2 to apply. Learn more here.
South Arts grants support to presenting organizations for performances by out-of-state artists. Apply by March 2. Learn more here.
I-Park Foundation's Environmental Art Program is an exciting r esidency and exhibition that runs Aug. 31 - Sep. 21. Apply by  March 9 . Learn more  here .
The National Endowment of the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships provide support to creative writers. Apply for one by March 11. Learn more here.
ArtPlaceAmerica's Community Development Investments support NGOs in community planning and development. Organizations must apply by  March 12. Learn more here.
The Louisiana Division of the Arts is accepting applications from arts organizations for stabilization grants. The deadline to apply is March 13. Learn more here.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will award $1 billion in grants for projects that address disaster recovery needs. Organizations and governments must apply by March 16. Learn more here.
National Preservation Institute will host "Historic Windows: Managing Preservation, Maintenance and Energy Conservation" in Baton Rouge beginning March 17. Learn more about this seminar and register here.
Meridian International Center grants support for artists to travel abroad through its Community Engagement through the Mural Arts. Apply by March 31. Learn more here.
USArtists International provides support for American dance, music and theater ensembles and solo artists to perform at international festivals and performing arts markets anywhere outside the United States and its territories. The next deadline to apply is April 17. Learn more here.
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors grants support to National Main Street Network members. The deadline to apply is May 1. Learn more here.
The Hart Family Fund for Smalls Towns encourages preservation at the local level. National Main Street Network members should apply by May 1. Learn more here.
The Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation aims to save historic environments and appreciate our nation's diverse cultural heritage. Interested Main Streets should apply by May 1. Learn more 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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Culture Connection 2015: April 14 - 15
Baton Rouge's Capitol Park Museum to play host
Culture Connection, the annual convening of the Office of Cultural Development, will take place April 14 - 15, 2015, in downtown Baton Rouge. Most events will be held at the Capitol Park Museum (pictured at last year's event), including the 2015 Louisiana Culture Awards on the evening of April 14. Registration for Culture Connection will open in early March, and a full agenda will be sent out at that time. Stay up-to-date on everything Culture Connection-related by following us on  Facebook and Twitter. We look forward to seeing you!
LTHP issues call for nominations
This Year's 10 Most Endangered Historic Places and 10 Preservation Success Stories to be chosen

The Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation needs your assistance in identifying historic places in Louisiana considered to be suitable candidates for its 10 Most Endangered Historic Places and 10 Preservation Success Stories lists. A historic place can be a single building or buildings, non-building structure(s), sites (including archeological), districts, landscapes and streetscapes. There is no limit to the number of candidates nominated by a community, group or individual.


Criteria for Most Endangered Historic Places consideration:

  1. Nominated place is historic (at least 50 years old) and is significantly threatened by direct demolition or demolition by neglect or other threat.
  2. There is a reasonable potential for a positive outcome to prevent demolition and to rehabilitate and repurpose the historic place.

Criterion for Preservation Success Stories consideration:

  1. Nominated place is historic (at least 50 years old) and completed some type of preservation or rehabilitative effort during 2014 or is under an active preservation plan that began in 2014. 

Click here to learn more and make nominations.

Applications for arts stabilization grant program due March 13
The Louisiana Division of the Arts Stabilization Grant Program supports nonprofit 501(c)3 arts organizations that help to create, present and preserve the various unique arts resources that make up Louisiana. The program awards grants for general operating funds to arts organizations that have made an impact locally, statewide, regionally, nationally or internationally. The deadline to apply for a stabilization grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts is Friday, March 13. Learn more about the program and apply here.
State Poetry Out Loud finals to be held March 7
Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest for high school students sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The competition is administered in all 50 states, which hold finals to determine a champion to compete at the national finals.  The Louisiana state finals will be held Saturday, March 7, at 1 p.m. at the Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge. Performers from across the state will compete, and the public is invited to attend. (Pictured is last year's state champion, BreAnna LaVerne Smith, performing at the national competition.) Learn more about Poetry Out Loud  here .
Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America offers booking support
Presenters may apply until funds run out
Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America is a national initiative that provides support for the presentation of exemplary performing artists from Latin America in communities across the United States. Fee support grants are available to nonprofit presenters located anywhere in the United States and its territories that book artists for engagements taking place between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016. Learn more about the program and apply here.
Cultural District focus:  Shreveport
Shreveport's Downtown Development Authority applied to the Louisiana Division of the Arts Cultural Districts Program and was approved in 2009. Since then, the cultural district designation has continued to highlight the things that make the downtown unique, including art, culture and history, and spurred cultural activity and creativity by offering substantial tax incentives. The Shreveport Downtown Cultural District provides an exemption from sales and use taxes for proceeds received from the sale of original, one-of-a-kind works of art from locations established within the district. The district is also spearheading efforts in the area to further increase growth through additional residential and business (especially arts-related) incentives.

The district includes a diverse array of vendors, such as the Red River Revel, Mudbug Madness, the Shreveport Farmers' Market (which opened an Artist's Alley that features works of artists each week), the Texas Avenue Makers Fair and Asian Garden Festival, artbreak and other events produced by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, the Downtown Development Authority and the city of Shreveport. The district has also opened an art marketplace called Agora Borealis, which represents more than 70 area artists. Visitation to these diverse locations continues to grow and expand as more plans for expansion are undertaken.

Learn more about the Louisiana Cultural Districts Program here.
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