Crowley Art Assoc. wins maximum state grant

Robert Baxter, third from left, president of the Crowley Art Association, accepted a grant check on behalf of the CAA at the Acadiana Center for the Arts’ Nov. 4 Decentralized Arts Fund Award Ceremony. Congratulating him are, from left, Danny Belanger, Louisiana Division of the Arts, director of education and special projects; Kelly Pepper, Louisiana Division of the Arts, organization services and community development director; Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, AcA executive director; Phillip Gould, AcA board president; and Gwen Richard, AcA community development director.

The Crowley Art Association (CAA) is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of only two organizations in Acadia Parish to receive a grant from the Louisiana Decentralized Arts Fund (DAF) program for the fiscal year 2013-14. The DAF program was created in 1995 to make the arts available in every parish in the state by providing grants for artists, nonprofit organizations, community groups and local government agencies. Funding is allocated to each parish on a per capita basis, and the Louisiana Division of the Arts oversees the program, disbursing funds to each of nine Regional Development Agencies. Those agencies then re-grant the funds to parishes in their regions. This year, the CAA applied for, and received, the maximum grant amount of $5,000. The grant received by the CAA is for “Organizational Support”, which provides funding for operating expenses such as salaries, supplies and utilities of non-profit (501(c)(3)) arts organizations. The goals of the DAF program include: • Strengthening arts organizations; • Encouraging professional artists to undertake projects that have meaningful community involvement and build audiences for the arts; • Encouraging a variety of nonprofit organizations to sponsor arts and cultural activities including classical, contemporary and traditional arts in eight artistic disciplines; • Leveraging local support for the arts; • Making arts activities available to groups who have limited arts experiences; • Funding public arts and cultural activities; and • Introducing standard grant-writing practices and develop familiarity with customary administrative practices. A delegation from CAA traveled to Lafayette on Nov. 4 to accept the grant from the Acadiana Center for the Arts (AcA) at its DAF Award Ceremony. The AcA is the funding disbursement agency for this region. CAA President Robert Baxter calls it a “privilege” to be involved with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, explaining that the agency does a tremendous job of working to stabilize and promote the arts in our state. Baxter also says that the CAA is “honored to have received the grant.” “This is one of the main grants we apply for and hope to receive each year. It basically keeps the doors open at The Gallery. Without it, we would be hurting.” The CAA continues to be an essential resource for area artists, providing art classes to adults and children, conducting summer art workshops for area youths, hosting “Arts in the Park” at Rice Festival time and holding an annual juried art competition. Beginning in January 2014, the CAA will institute “Creative Youth of Acadia Parish,” an art program for students attending Acadia Parish public schools. The Grand Opera House of the South was the recipient of the other DAF grant awarded in the parish.

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