our mission : we create, facilitate, nurture and fund arts and cultural activities to enrich quality of life and place.
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board of directors | executive committee
who we are
letter from the executive director
sponsors and patrons
members and partners
staff Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, Executive Director Lani G. Harris, MBA, Operations Director Connie Petro, Office Manager Gwen Richard, Community Development Director Bree Sargent, Education Director Renee Roberts, Education Director Paige Krause, Education Coordinator Dirk Powell, Louisiana Crossroads Director Brian Guidry, Curator of Exhibitions Brian Schneider, Technical Director Kate Waxley, Public Relations/Marketing Director Meagan Patout, Membership & Development Coordinator Jeremy Janice, Facilities Manager Shana Qualls, Front of House Manager Bobby Bender, Front Desk Manager SUPPORT STAFF
Mary Beyt, Curatorial Assistant George Saucier, Technical Assistant
Managing our facility, our programs and services as well as presenting 100+ events per season with a lean staff of 15 full-time and 5 part-time employees would be all but impossible without the dedicated and extraordinary team we have in place. The AcA staff works tirelessly and passionately every day to bring great culture and education to Acadiana. I personally owe our staff a debt of gratitude. DR. GERD WUESTEMANN Executive Director 2
Joli Noel, Grants Coordinator Kate Ferry, Graphic Designer Meagan Frame, Marketing Intern
Dear Members, Patrons and Friends,
Edward C. Abell, President Onebane Law Firm Michael Morton, President-Elect Lafayette Center for Yoga Philip Gould, Secretary Photographer
2010-2011 was a benchmark year for the arts in Acadiana. Through the loyalty, support and generosity of our members, donors and patrons, the new James D. Moncus Theater completed our city and stateâ€™s vision for The Acadiana Center for the Arts. Rooted in over a quarter century of Arts in Education and community grants services to Acadiana, we continue to support these programs, have expanded our visual arts exhibit space and presented over 100 theater, dance and musical performances in our first year. The Board of Directors is grateful to all who have made this possible and to the AcA staff who ensure all our services are delivered with excellence. We are honored to serve such a unique organization transforming the arts landscape for downtown Lafayette and all of Acadiana. MICHAEL MORTON President, AcA Board of Directors
Michele Ezell, Treasurer Tsunami John Bernhardt Empire Energy Corporation Daniel Frey, MD UMC Nancy Naomi Paulâ€™s Jewelry Vincent Miholic, PhD Cathi Pavy BBR Creative Tom Shannon KADN Fox 15 Sharon Moss Moss Motors James S. Mallia Dwight Andrus
board Mary B. Neiheisel, EdD Director, ULL College of Nursing
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percentage salaries, benefits, and payroll
Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, Executive Director
professional services 27.49%
earned income 12.89%
state grant programs 12.23%
utilities 6.90% insurance 4.77% supplies 3.01% hospitaility 2.32%
AcA is an independent and incorporated nonprofit arts organization. As with most nonprofits, our funding picture is complex and often challenging. Local, state and federal public funding combines with grants and foundation support, patronage, sponsorship, membership and a strong earned income strategy to support our operation in this 55,000 sq.ft. facility. AcAâ€™s physical size, staff and budget have more than doubled over the past three years â€“ in a challenging economic climate. This past year saw the creation of an AcA Endowment, marking the beginnings of our efforts toward long-term sustainability.
lafayette consolodated government
state grant programs 7.31% grants - other 4.63%
lafayette parish school board
corporate sponsorships 2.12%
repairs and maintenance 1.29%
interest & dividends 0.94%
total expenses $1,843,942.48
total income $3,068,076.49
Service to the community is at the very core of our mission: to the community of artists and musicians, young people and adults—the whole array that makes up our cultural landscape. We seek to accent our region’s identity as well as introduce outstanding international trends to our local audience and we’ve supported other nonprofits over our long history of implementation, financial support and collaboration. In the heart of Downtown Lafayette, the Acadiana Center for the Arts is the cultural anchor of Acadiana. A facility of great architectural beauty, the AcA hosts museum-quality gallery spaces and the world-class James Devin Moncus Theater, as well as workshop and performance spaces for arts and cultural education. Through activities in the center and outreach in schools, the AcA serves its eight-parish region through community development, education, performances and exhibits.
Center for the Arts has been an excellent steward of donations from individuals and businesses as well as public grants. State and federal funding combines with local gover nment support, patronage, memberships, a solid earned-income strategy and corporate partners, to sustain this highly dynamic arts organization.
We are dedicated to the success of our cultural services; in the coming years we will maintain our focus on regularizing programming, improving regional and statewide visibility and continuing to improve our financial position. The endowment created this year has added significantly to the sustainability of our community mission, and we are very much looking forward to a bright and exciting coming year.
Dr. Gerd Wuestemann Executive Director
letter from the executive director
our dedication to success and sustainability
1,920 ARTISTS | 3,055 PERFORMANCES, ACTIVITIES AND EXHIBITS | 375,191 AUDIENCE MEMBERS
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For more than three decades, the Acadiana
grant awardees ACADIA PARISH City of Crowley Crowley Art Association Delta Sigma Theta Crowley Alumnae Chapter Cultural & Creative Grand Opera House of the South, Inc. South Crowley Elementary EVANGELINE PARISH City of Ville Platte Evangeline Parish Library The Louisiana Folk Foundation, Inc. IBERIA PARISH Bunk Johnson / New Iberia Jazz, Arts & Heritage Festival, Inc. Iberia Cultural Resources Association Iberia Parish Library Iberia Performing Arts League
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grants and beyond : supporting arts and culture around acadiana
The AcA administers competitive grants to arts organizations to create exhibits and performances, to facilitate workshops and classes and to nurture artists and the creation of new works around Acadiana. Non-arts nonprofits, local government, schools and school boards are also eligible to receive support for new and exceptional arts programs in our region. The Community Development Department also provides nonprofit organizations and artists with assistance in grant writing, arts advocacy and strategic planning. My office supports arts and cultural organizations throughout Acadiana, not just with funding but with strategy and proven practices for nonprofits. The best part of my job is helping people build the best grants and programs they possibly can and watching them flourish over the years. Gwen Richard Community Development Director
LAFAYETTE PARISH Acadiana Open Channel Acadiana Symphony Association Acting Unlimited Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana Children’s Museum of Acadiana Chorale Acadienne Cite des Arts Festival Acadiens et Creoles Girl Scouts of Louisiana Pines to the Gulf Lafayette Art Association Lafayette Ballet Theatre Louisiana Crafts Guild Louisiana Folk Roots Performing Arts Society of Acadiana Praise Entertainment, Inc. Asociacion Cultural Latino Acadiana University of Louisiana at Lafayette Vermilionville Living History Museum Foundation
ST. LANDRY PARISH City of Opelousas Creole Heritage, Inc. Home Health and Supportive Services Louisiana State University at Eunice Foundation Opelousas-Eunice Public Library St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission South St. Landry Community Library Town of Arnaudville ST. MARTIN PARISH Breaux Bridge Chamber of Commerce Frederick l’Ecole des Arts, Inc. St. Martin Parish Library ST. MARY PARISH City of Franklin St. Mary Arts and Humanities Council St. Mary Parish Library Teche Theatre for the Performing Arts VERMILION PARISH Abbey Players, Inc. City of Abbeville Vermilion Arts Council Vermilion Parish Library Gueydan Museum and Cultural Arts Society
She’s our fairy godmother. When Nunu’s and Frederick L’Ecole des Arts burned down, Gwen and her department came to Arnaudville to help us dig the ashes. The AcA taught us how to apply for public support and then how to spend it to build the best school and art center we could. Like a rich gumbo, the collaborations facilitated by the Acadiana Center for the Arts at the Nunu-Arnaudville Experiment have created an enviable, diverse, artistic mix of people, media and genres—a poetic sensibility for creative living. George Marks Founder, Nunu’s
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decentralized arts funding
provided by Louisiana Division of the Arts $240,541 By re-granting public money from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Culture, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, we provide project support, technical assistance and operational support for organizations in Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion Parishes.
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provided by Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government $59,906 Designed to enhance the cultural life of the community and promote local artists and the arts, these LCG-sponsored project and operational grants support nonprofit arts and culture agencies that successfully present arts and culture, insure community accessibility and target diverse populations in Lafayette Parish.
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provided by Lafayette Parish School System $15,000 Available to LPSS educators and administered by the AcA’s Education Department, this grant encourages teachers to design and develop artistically creative and innovative projects in the classroom involving the visual and performing arts.
30,778 CHILDREN | 1,907 TEACHERS | 87 PERFORMANCES | 125 TEACHING ARTISTS | 19 TEACHER WORKSHOPS | 7,541 ACTIVITY HOURS
Whether for a single classroom demonstration with the Teaching Artist Program or for a full year of tailored arts integration for Title I schools with PACE, we connect teaching artists with local educators, bringing arts and creativity into underserved classrooms. The AcA’s Touring Arts program provides opportunities for students to see professional performances in dance, theatre, music, puppetry, storytelling and more. These performances are a great introduction to the performing arts and an effective, creative way to explore a variety of curriculum areas.
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outreach in the schools enriching education and building a better classroom
The AcA’s education team brings outstanding teaching artists and dynamic performances to schools in the area through our outstanding partnership with the Lafayette Parish School System. Together we understand that practicing the arts makes students stronger academically, more engaged intellectually and overall more happy and healthy. Arts education makes all education better—we know it, so we practice it. Teaching allows special opportunities to explore new ideas and deepen understanding of how people work. The AcA helps me make the most of those opportunities through their excellent workshop offerings, visiting artists, and grant opportunities. Every year I look forward to the workshop line-up. I know I will leave feeling incredibly refreshed and enthusiastic about sharing my creative discoveries. It can be challenging to draw visitors into high school classrooms- but my students have been blown away by visits from several artists. Actor Justin Zsebe appeared in many senior memoirs as a high school highlight; several students plan to explore acting in college thanks to Justin’s time with them. An arts grant from AcA allowed me to support literacy and critical thinking with graphic novels. Not only was this graphic unit an amazing study for the students, but it gave me the opportunity to discover a different avenue to critical thinking. Anna Marquardt Carencro High English Language Arts teacher
Collaborating with the national education programs at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., our professional development workshops for local teachers and artists demonstrate practical and proven techniques for teaching in the arts, teaching about the arts and teaching through the arts. We tailor our workshops each year to the most pressing needs of Acadiana’s schools, focusing on science, literacy or math along with the arts. I had a lot of fun, and I got my hands on a lot of things I wouldn’t have otherwise. We learned some real intricacies of the computer and the design programs. Before the class I wasn’t that interested in college. Now I think I might be, because I know I want to do graphic design. D.J. Gear Up, 7th grader attended Graphic Design Summer Intensive
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Our education team offers hands-on workshops for young people, families and adults year-round, with studies in art and culture under the guidance of professional artists, educators and guest lecturers. These programs partner with organizations and artists from around the country to offer access to arts and culture, while employing local artists and empowering and educating our community.
workshops and classes From classes in Creole cuisine to painting and drawing, Creativity @ the Center employs local craft-masters and artists to give workshops in fine arts, traditional crafts and performing arts. These courses run year-round, offering arts enrichment for adults and young people. These classes connect skilled artists with an interested audience, building a richer and more active community.
summer camps Our national partnership with the Gear Up program has allowed school-aged children from low socioeconomic backgrounds to attend our Summer Intensives Graphic Design, Dance, Film and more, with challenging activities, positive experiences and creative explorations. Partnering with the Lafayette Science Museum, we also offer the CitySmarts Art & Science camp, as well as a host of other arts summer programs.
Create a masterful work of your own in classes and workshops in the center’s studio spaces and connect with artists and professionals to push beyond the art as a product and take a closer look into the process.
enjoy your community AcA actively supports the community through grants programs, strengthening arts and culture as well as through arts in education, providing tools for teachers and quality experiences for students.
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AcA is a unique organization: part grant maker, part community center, part presenter of high-end and lowkey performances in all genres, part gallery and part education hub. We are able to connect and interface all of these activities and have become a central hub of creativity in Acadiana. We support and showcase the cultural talents of eight outlying parishes and bring it all together in our wonderful new spaces. All of our work and activity adds up to one thing: support for a significant economic driver in our State and our region. Like Louisiana’s “other” great natural resource, our culture needs investments into exploration and extraction – the nurturing of talent and the harvesting of its subsequent success. By supporting AcA you are making an investment into our culture and our community.
Experience lively musical, theatrical and dance performances and watch acclaimed independent films in the Center’s stateof-the-art 300 seat James Devin Moncus Theater. Marvel at art exhibitions that showcase challenging and cutting-edge work from the region and around the nation in the AcA’s spacious galleries.
We are blessed here in Lafayette with a strong creative community, be it in arts, music, theater, what have you. The city and our lives are enriched for it. As a creative myself, I feel it is essential to give back, for each of us to nourish and support this remarkable quality as best we can. Francis X. Pavy, visual artist Acadiana Center for the Arts plays a vital role in this dynamic community. In countless ways, the organization nurtures the arts and in turn presents it for all to enjoy. What can we do in return besides purchasing paintings or photographs, buying CDs, and attending concerts? Simply put, become a Patron @ the Center. It too will do wonders for us all. Philip Gould, photographer
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Louisiana Crossroads is currently filming an hour-long TV Pilot that will evolve into a nationally broadcast series featuring the very best of Louisiana music. The pilot features Irma Thomas, DL Menard, Allen Toussaint, Sonny Landreth, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many others stellar artists from the state.
broadcasting Through live radio broadcast on KRVS-FM Public Radio Acadié and live streaming on the Internet, Louisiana Crossroads reaches vast local and international audiences.
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Louisiana Crossroads celebrates the state’s immeasurable wealth of musicians by presenting highly engaging and intimate performances combining cultural influences and artists from an array of musical backgrounds. From the Cajun and Creole roots of Southwest Louisiana to the worldchanging rhythms of New Orleans; from Native American to Asian and Latin American populations, Crossroads revels in Louisiana’s unique cultural legacy. This year we will introduce Acadiana to some very talented performers for the first time and also bring in several well-known figures on the international music scene. We look forward to reaching out to all communities within our area with respect for the diversity that, in the end, creates unity and inspiration. Dirk Powell Louisiana Crossroads Director
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record label The Louisiana Crossroads record label has released several recordings highlighting the wealth of traditional culture in Southwest Louisiana. The label will increase focus on releasing not only archival treasures but also current music that is shaping the culture of the state as we speak.
Wow – I so much enjoyed myself at the AcA show, with all the folks who came and those who couldn’t get in. Now, I never thought of my music being ‘art,’ but if you are a lover of the kind of music I perform or the arts in general, please support the arts in your community. Louisiana Crossroads is bringing great artists to you as their true selves Irma Thomas
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Created to provide a venue for quality live performances for young audiences, the Fugro Chance Family Performance Series is hosted in the James Devin Moncus Theater by the AcA’s Education Department. The up-close and informal setting is the perfect atmosphere to introduce children to a wide variety of performing arts experiences.
residency @ the center One of the AcA’s newest programs, our theater residency empowers local performing artists to create new works, and these new works of art invigorate the cultural life of Lafayette. Twice a year, the AcA’s residency provides regional artists with the resources to stage new performances with access to our space and technical equipment, a substantive stipend, marketing assistance, administrative support, and production of the final work in the AcA’s James Devin Moncus Theater.
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The dynamic potential of the James Devin Moncus Theater has christened a new era for performance in Lafayette. Big stars and intimate soloists fill the pristine hall with music, and this quiet stage breathes new life into classical dramas. The AcA’s performance series brings a new kind of life to Downtown Lafayette, hosting new experiences that enrich the spirits and minds of Acadiana. We are excited about our first year in this wonderful new state-of-the-art facility. Enjoying world-class performers, community shows, affordable family events or any great music, dance, theater or film in our sonically pure and visually stunning James D. Moncus Theater is a lifetime experience unlike any other. From star performers to dance ensembles, from workshops to on-stage symposiums, from arts education events to community theater, from film festivals to our award-winning and soon-to-be broadcast Louisiana Crossroads series, you can really Experience it all @ the Center. Dr. Gerd Wuestemann AcA executive director
The Metropolitan Opera’s Peabody and Emmy Awardwinning series The Met: Live in HD continues for its sixth season with 11 live transmissions from Manhattan. The James Devin Moncus Theater delivers the Met experience in high clarity and chic comfort.
the southern circuit tour of independent filmmakers Southern Circuit is the nation’s only regional tour of independent filmmakers, providing communities with an interactive way of experiencing independent film. The tour takes the audience away from their televisions, DVD players and computers to connect them with independent filmmakers and encourage them to talk with one another about the films and their meanings. Southern Circuit transforms watching independent films from a solitary experience into a communal one.
It’s a beautiful theater, and I’ve never performed in a an intimate place quite like it—or had an audience quite like it. People kept getting out of their chairs and dancing in the aisles. Lyle Lovett 4-Time Grammy Award Winner
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in the new AcA — 100 shows and counting! It is almost to the day that we will celebrate both our One Year Anniversary and 100th performance at AcA. This November 15th, a show by Asleep at the Wheel marks our 100th show since our grand opening with Lyle Lovett. Highlights during our first year included: Lyle Lovett Aaron Neville Irma Thomas Robert Cray Lucinda Williams Dylan LeBlanc Buckwheat Zydeco Ricky Skaggs Tim O’Brien Raoul Malo John Pizzarelli Carlos Malta Tokyo String Quartet Houston Metro Dance Rhythmic Circus Dance MET Opera Satellite Broadcasts Cinema on the Bayou Film Fest Glass Menagerie 18
Ricky Skaggs 14-time Grammy Winner and Grand Ole Opry member Amazing theater – the room sounds so pristine and then you can configure it with table seating and give people the experience of a fine Jazz Club in NYC – that’s really something! John Pizzarelli Jazz guitar legend and singer To come back to the AcA a year later to attend the Ricky Skaggs concert was a wonderful experience. It was also proof that the vision for the center is finally being achieved. a great intimate performance space that attracts top flight performers. It is truly making a difference in Lafayette and I am so proud to have been able to play a part in it. Benton Dellinger Theatre Projects Consultants AcA Theater designer and project consultant
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What a wonderful facility y’all have here – and such great acoustic design….. the beautiful wooden panels diffuse the sound just right. You can tell that great care went into designing this theater. Y’all should be very proud of such a fine Arts Center.
The AcA’s premiere exhibition space, the Main Gallery is a 7,200 sq.ft. facility with museum-quality lighting and climate control and features four major shows each year. The Main Gallery hosts large solo exhibitions for wellestablished artists and group exhibitions of artists from broad backgrounds and origins.
side gallery Our smaller but more versatile exhibition space, the Side Gallery has hosted video and sculpture exhibitions, small retrospectives for local artists, and experimental and avantgarde installations. With new shows each ArtWalk, the Side Gallery is a staple of Downtown life.
mallia galleria and the vault Additional exhibits rotate through the James S. Mallia Galleria and the Vault. The Mallia Galleria features exhibitions for new artists and unusual constructions, and the Vault plays host to an artist from the Louisiana Crafts Guild every month, celebrating traditional crafts alongside fine arts.
21,855 AUDIENCE| 93 ARTISTS | 30 EXHIBITS | 940 ARTWORKS | 18,992 ARTWALK PATRONS
exhibitions serving artists : visual arts @ the center
The exhibitions team at the AcA serves thousands of patrons through more than 30 exhibitions a year. The gallery significantly impacts local arts and artists by providing them with a world-class exhibition space and an exceptional curatorial team. The Visual Arts department actively seeks out new regional artists that they can provide with greater exposure. The AcA’s exhibitions are also the primary anchor of ArtWalk and add considerable substance to Downtown Lafayette. We’ve been making art to bring beauty to our home since we were married 55 years ago. We love working for the satisfaction of sculpture and the joy of completing a piece. So when the AcA asked us if we wanted to do an exhibit covering our entire collection, I said that we could do that, but it would have to be a pretty big show to fit it all. Andreé and Mike Stansbury Main Gallery Artists
southern open In its fifth year, the Southern Open is a juried exhibition celebrating artists from across the Gulf South in all types of original media. This year, Amy Mackie, Director of Visual Arts, CAC, New Orleans, selected the works from applicants across a six-state area. The winner selected by the juror receives $1000, and two runners-up receive $600 each.
student arts expo The Student Arts Expo is an annual event designed to increase public knowledge and appreciation of the arts by and for the youth of the community. A joint effort of the AcA’s Education Department, Lafayette Parish School System, Downtown Lafayette and Lafayette Consolidated Government, we partner school groups with Downtown businesses to host performances and visual arts exhibits. In 2010, over 3000 people enjoyed the work of more than 250 student artists.
Our exhibitions present the finest artists Acadiana, Louisiana and the Nation have to offer. Mary Beyt Assistant Curator
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One of Lafayette’s most passionate art collectors, Jimmy Mallia decided to join the board of AcA as construction of the facility neared its end. After visiting a few ArtWalks, where we typically draw 1,500 – 2,500 visitors in two hours, he understood the value of a true, high-end community gallery at AcA. We are thrilled that he made the decision to invest in the Mallia Galleria, a space in which we present monthly changing exhibits by significant regional artists.
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As a business leader, past thespian with a passion for theater and all things performing arts, Sharon Moss understood early on how the new AcA would impact and reshape entertainment and culture in Acadiana, both from a quality of life and an economic impact perspective. As AcA evolved and we shared our vision for this place with her, she decided to embrace the new AcA with a very generous donation. From meetings to VIP receptions, as a gallery and workshop space and occasional boardroom, the Moss ArtLoft – arguably the prettiest space in a beautiful building – is utilized in multiple ways every day.
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By giving to the AcA, I was giving to all of Acadiana. The AcA community and staff are dedicated to their mission, and they will continue to grow, filling Lafayette with culture, music and art. I know a donation to the AcA makes a difference for all of Lafayette. — James Devin Moncus
our major contributors We would like to thank organizations, corporations and individuals that, over the past year have given extraordinary support to art, culture and community development through the Acadiana Center for the Arts: Lafayette Consolidated Government Lafayette Economic Development Authority Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission Office of Culture, Recreation and Tourism Louisiana Division of the Arts South Arts National Endowment for the Arts SURDNA Foundation DANA Foundation Pinhook Foundation Stuller Family Foundation Capital One IberiaBank JP Morgan Chase Business First Bank Lemoine Company Allen & Gooch Moss Motors BMW of North America Fugro Chance Blue-Stream Services Pyramid Group Cochrane Technologies Associated Travel Onebane Lawfirm Ed & Elaine Abell Richard & Kathy Broussard Tish & Don Johnson Dr. Daniel Frey Party Central Accel Security The Independent Weekly Fox 15 Coca Cola Bottling Co Lafayette Parish School System
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The AcA is part of a proven and powerful economic engine that provides 140,000 jobs in Louisiana. Six dollars flow back into tax coffers for every single dollar invested in the AcA, generating Louisiana’s finest tourist attractions and exports: food, music and art! In addition, we provide unique services to Lafayette and the surrounding area, building strong communities through arts education and fueling an economic engine that invests back into the people of this area.
Through James Devin Moncus’ extraordinary generosity, our organization is able to meet long-range financial goals, and we are humbled by Jim’s trust in our mission and in how we serve the community. Dr. Gerd Wuestemann Executive Director
naming donors Businessman and patron of the arts James Devin Moncus made a gift of $1.5 million to the Acadiana Center for the Arts and with it was honored with the naming rights to the new theater. This donation created an endowment for the proliferation of the arts in Lafayette. Other naming rights patrons include Sharon Moss for the glass-enclosed ArtLoft meeting space; Coca Cola Bottling Co. and Paul Favaron for the Coca Cola studio, a room predominantly serving education; and James S. Mallia for the new Galleria, a casual gallery space.
building into the future ArtHouse, Main, Side and Vault Galleries, Atrium and Café remain available for naming. By building the endowment, you can assure the long-term future of art and culture in Acadiana. 23
A fulfilled life experience includes the exposure to the best of human artistic endeavors. The AcA offers a rich, diverse and most entertaining agenda of arts and culture - les bon temps at the highest level. That’s why I support it.
John Chappuis, Attorney AcA Member and Patron
Our support of both the ACA Jazz series and Crossroads is based on our belief that music really is a common language that unites us all. It is a way that Nancy and I and Cochrane Technologies can contribute to the quality of life in our community.
Doug and Nancy Mounce Cochrane, Cochrane Technologies AcA Member and Music Enthusiast
What I love about AcA are the diverse, frequent, and intimate experiences. As I travel globally, I see the same experiences offered in larger metro areas and I feel our offerings are as good or better. We have great quality combined with our unique culture - what a great place to live!
Brent Henley, The Pyramid Group
AcA Patron and Louisiana Crossroads Supporter BERIABANK applauds Acadiana Center for the Arts for its continued focus on serving the community by bringing world-class cultural experiences to Acadiana. IBERIABANK appreciates the value that AcA brings to our community and is a proud supporter of its mission.
Jerry Vascocu, IBERIABANK Lafayette President AcA All-Stars Presenting Sponsor
membership @ the center Membership is the quintessential way to deepen your involvement with our organization and support AcA’s efforts to enrich lives through art and education in Acadiana.
When I attended the opening of AcA, I knew this was a place I wanted to be – it has a draw to it that is both enchanting and inviting and I have never been disappointed. I love our culture. I love our people. I love what AcA has done to enhance my life and the lives of those in our community through the beautiful facility and the wonderful artists it features. I am proud to be a member. Marion Martin Student Member Lafayette is very lucky to have the AcA facility and its staff. It’s something we’ve needed for many years and I’m looking forward to seeing the benefits from it in the years to come. Larry Amy Lifetime Member
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you’re @ the center : a community of the arts
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As you walk by the building you may sneak a peek through the acoustical glass wall into the interior of the theater during a rehearsal, or find yourself spending time musing in one of four galleries. You may attend an afternoon art class and stay later for a recital or dance performance. From theater to film, from dance to any type of music, our donors have provided—and continue to provide—Acadiana with the perfect venue to support all genres of visual and performing arts.
national partners The AcA partners with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to bring exceptional educators to Louisiana, offering workshops to local teachers. New Orleans’ Prospect Biennial brings a new collaboration this year to our galleries with the AcA’s first exhibition of international artists. We also partner with the New York Metropolitan Opera to bring the Met Live in HD the James Devin Moncus Theater. The AcA also works with SouthArts to bring the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers to Lafayette.
local partners Collaborating with Lafayette Consolidated Government, Downtown Development Authority, Lafayette Parish School System and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the AcA brings more than 3,000 performances, activities and exhibits to Acadiana each year. Local partners like the Performing Art Society of Acadiana and the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra bring additional outstanding programs to the James Devin Moncus Theater. 25
join us @ the center : become a member today! creativity. culture. community. Consider what arts and culture means to you and become part of the creation. By becoming a member of the AcA you are able to help support a first class exhibition series, education, arts and culture as well as receive all the benefits of being a member. We have various membership levels for everyone ranging from Student/Artist Memberships at $25, Individual Memberships, at $50 a year, Family Memberships for $100 that includes up to 5 family members. We also have Advocate, Partner, Business and a more permanent Lifetime Membership at $2,000. LIFETIME Larry & Julie Amy Byron & Janet Begneaud Daryl & Laura Byrd John & Colleen Chappuis Rick & Kiki Frayard Nick Gachassin Philip & Jessica Gachassin Dennis G Sullivan BUSINESS & PARTNER Gene Cazayoux Tim Costello Josette Hargette Patricia & Donald Johnson Howard Morton Matt Rovira John Simpson Leading Health Care of Louisiana Big Easy Casino ADVOCATE Alan Appley Joseph Aycock Robin Barry Taylor & Yvette Davis Thomas & Ann Marie Hightower Douglas & Leigha Menefee Cain Moncla Heather Trosclair FAMILY Ray Abshire Linda Alesi 26
Raymond Allen Barry Ancelet Lydia Anderson Carol Antosiak Michael Parks & Barbara A Ardoin William & Patricia Atkinson Barney & Theresa Aucoin Jan & Chester Baudoin Cynthia & John Baxter Kermen D & Ivette Beauchamp Ted Beaullieu Denise Bienvenu Barbara & Tom Black James & Robyn Blackwell Michael & Mary Beth Boatner Chris & Lisa Boling Chuck & Lisa Boudreaux Andy & Sandra Bourque Darrell & Karen Bourque Jo Breaux Brian & Nola Brennan Kevin & Jennifer Briggs Jill Broussard Marilyn Broussard Richard & Anya Burgess Carole and Stephen Caffery Emily Calvert Kevin Camel & Angela King Claudia Campbell Dave & Lynn Cavalier Lacie & Scott Chappuis Ashton Chiasson Kyle Choate Kirk Hornung & Wendy Cicciu
John & Patricia Coleman David & Susan Comeaux Luke & Barbara Conner Aline Conque Sidney Creaghan Terry & Jan Cromwell Thetis Cusimano John Daigre Shannon Dartez Subrata & Mitu Dasgupta James Davis Ellen Deaton Glenn Decuir Dustin Deville Kevin and Yvonne Domingue Wayne Domingue Llloyd & Susan Dore Christine Dugas Gregory Dugas Charles & Marilyn DuhĂŠ Jim Turner & Evelyn Duhon Jean Dupas Lauren Dupre David & Rhonda Egan Cade Evans Kenneth Falterman Timothy & Elizabeth Faul Doug Frederick William Friedman Brentlan & Melissa Fusilier Bill & Louise Ganecheau James & Debra Garner Joe Giglio John & Barbara Girard Whitney & Valerie Gonsoulin Phillip Gould & Margot Hasha
Juno Guedry Jeff Gueno Phena Guidry Nell Hahn Emily Hamner Cissy Hardy Charon Harris John Hathorn Randy Haynie Steve & Vicky Hebert Charlene Henry Catherine Hetzel Patti & Tom Holland Craig Holston Jean Hudelot Pat Mire & Rebecca Hudsmith Stephanie Humble Allan Jones Glyn & Don Kelley Judith Kennedy Ralph Kraft Steven & Ellen LaBry Augusta LaFleur Susan Lafleur Larry Lanclos Eaves & Cindy Landry Jacques Landry Michael Landry Matthew Lane Dana & George Lang George Lang Jr Richard Latiolais Michelle LeBlanc Chris & Amy Allums Lee Frank & Janet Limouze Jesse & Dana Main
John Malin Barbara Manuel Dr David V Maraist Eric Marter John & Sharon Matese Jan Mayeaux & Maria Olivier Elizabet Mcburney Craig McCullen Patrick & Donna McDonald Gary & Thelma Mcgoffin Kathleen McIntire Brett Mellington J Neil Morein Robert & Margaret Morrow John Mouton Molly Mouton Marvin Munchrath Kim & Elizabeth Nehrbass Tracy Neuner Danny Northcutt Steve Oats Yvonne Olivier-Hample Lisa Osborn Guy Owens Catherine & Victor Palmer Francis & Cathi Pavy Rob Perillo Thomas Pierce & Lori Henderson Jody Powell Joel Prellop Donlon Pugh George & Ellen Ramier Catherine Randazzo Al & Kay Rees Barbara Reid Elizabeth & Eric Romig Marian Rosser Julie Roy Jose Sanchez Kerri Santiago Mark Dewitt & Sue Schleifer Deborah Simeral Elaine Simon Paul Simon & Angelica Cortez Susan & Louis Simon Amos & Vaughan Simpson Tim & Denice Skinner Shine Sonnier V Cathy South
Leonard Springer Charles & Barbara St. Romain Mark & Sophie Stephen Lisa Strauss Peter B. Strawitz, III Dawn Suggs Robert Tabbert Monica Tauzin Robert Taylor James Thackston Lisa Thibodeaux Kenneth Toups Angela Trahan Douglas & Michelle Truxillo Annette Vidrine Angeles & Dennis Vitrella Andy & Kathy Vodicka Juliette Wade James Wallace Kate Waxley Vanessa Williams Sheila & Gus Zepernick ARTS IN EDUCATION Jane Alexander Susan Brammer-Istre Esther Burley Brenda Cary Renee Debellevue Becky Ducharme Joleah Ann Dumond David Goodwyn James Hebert Barbara Helveston Connie Herndon & Tommy McGinnis Kevin Hislop Sandy Labry Cindy Lassalle Julie Miller Viane Moses Rick Revels Patricia Ronkartz Jay Ruffin Renee Spencer Dixie Speyrer-Winn Becky Stickell France Trepanier Amy Wander
INDIVIDUAL Myriam Abdel-Sayed Clint Adcock Gina Aswell Megan Barra Bryan Begnaud Rebecca Begnaud Eileen Beniest Jeffrey Benton Harold Bernard Jr Mary Bernard Tina Besse Dean Bidstrup Patsy Bienvenu Christa Billeaud Bradley Black Henry Boudreaux Connie Boustany Ed Breaux Valerie Breazeale Maureen Brennan Charlotte Gallet-Broussard Patricia Broussard David Brown James Burke Wes Schwemmer Cady Jourdain Castille Suzanne Chaillot Breaux Rodrick Chassot Alfred Clopton Stephanie Cogburn Kerry Collins Claire Conrad Betty Constant Gary Couret Julie Creswell Ronald Daigle Toby Daspit Rebecca Doherty Renate Dohmen Madonna Dugas Kathy Dumesnil Garianne Farrish Linda Finley Mary Finley Erin Fitzgerald Susie Fleniken Lauren Frederick Suzanne Fredericq Mavis Arnaud Fruge
Martha Garner Jason Garrot Kim Goodell Sylvie Goudeau Sharon Grebe Lauren Greene Bob Guillory Cindy Gunawan AJ Hebert Cecile Hebert Charles Hebert Robert Hester Joan Hill Madelyn Hoyt Susan Hudnall Carol Jackson David Jewell Tina Kaufman Judith Konikoff Dottie Kostmayer Debbie LaGrange Benjamin Landry Laurie Landry Stephanie Landry Sterling LeJeune Jason Leonard William F Lewis Melodee Lutgring Lisa & Theron Lutz Suzanne Magnuson Harriet Maher Joy Maher Rosaleen Marcus Nina McAlvanah Aleta McBane Flo Meadows Mandy Migues Michael Milliken Yvonne Mitchell Brenda Mounier Freddie Mouton Justin Mueller Kristie Musial Dale Dalton Nelson Shawn O Brien Juan Paredes Nancy Parker Mary Perrin Brenda Poche Maria Ponce de Leon 27
Janice Prejean Amelia Prevost Shana Qualls Tracy Ralston Kathy Richard Ted A Richard Cindy Richards Margaret Ritchey Theresa Rohloff Dana Rolke Andrea Rubinstein Ray Russo Douglas Schroeder Willie Schutz Tricia Sieferman Margaret Simon David Siverling Gail Smith Paula Smith Jeanne Solis Beth Stark Samuel Stevens Ann Sutton Lisa Tabor Susan Theall Corlie Thevenot Ryan Thibodeaux Daphne Thomas Suzy Thomason Chris Trahan Silvia Turner Thomas Uhl Meredyth Wallace Linda Weill Eric Zeringue ARTIST Jerilynâ€™s Glass Studio Karen Abboud Eric Adcock Lillian Aguinaga Cyndi Alleman Raina Benoit Patricia Bernstein Tim Best Mary Beyt Jessica Bizer Lou Blackwell Susan Blyskal
Ralph Bourque John Buckelew Mary Ann Caffery Mallory Page Chastant Olivier Chatelain Yeon Choi Camille Pavy Claibourne Cece Cole Aaron Collier Tony Cutrera Robert Dafford Elizabeth Lee Deigaard Johanna Divine Keith Dorwick Troy Dugas Lacey Dupre Michael Elliot-Smith Leslie Elliotsmith Tanya Falgout Michael Fedor Lucius A Fontenot Michelle Fontenot Ernie Fournet David Fox Wendy Fuselier Amy Glisan Caroline Goodman Anthony Gradney Valerie Graham Amy Guidry Stella Guidry Shawn Hall Carey Hamburg April Hammock Jian Hang Susan Hoffman David Holcombe Rachel Jackson Jeremy Jones Rachel Jones Vera Judycki Phil Kaelin Heather Ryan Kelley Ginger Kelly Chris King Frahn Koerner Christopher J LaBauve Sonya LaComb-Boudreaux Christine Ledoux
Loraine Lockwood Shawne Major George Marks Ariya Martin Clare Martin Mare Martin Elizabeth Matthews Jeanne Yvette Maynor James McDowell Aaron McNamee Arthur Mcviccar James A Meaux Cathy Mills Mary Morgan Kevin Murphy Cezanne Nails Jessalyn Newton Simone Palmer Mary Jane Parker Diane Pecnik Elizabeth Pratt Jen Reed Kathy Reed Marie Dianne Reed John Richard Jeff Rinehart Amanda Roe Sarah Rosedahl Jon Schooler Jes Schrom C Schumacher Donna Segura Sharon Shero Hyacinth Siebert Ellen Soffer Cindy Stoudenmire Suzanne Synborski Gin Taylor Jude E Theriot Maylia Trahan Tom Varisco Julian Helms Wait Karen Wallsten David Webber Gerry Wubben Luba Zygarewicz
SENIOR & STUDENT Viola Aberly Helen Bellamy Keith Bernard Brittany Boquet Mac Boulet Carl Brazell Susan Brazell Marianna Broussard Edward Cazayoux Joshua Chunn Germaine Comeaux Janie Cousin William Edwards Josie G Frank Greg Gilman Devin Grantham Susan Hamilton Michelle Jia Leonard Johnson Ann Marie Lane Richard LeDoux Douglas Marks Dale Martin Marion Martin Anne Meleton Lillian Miller Alyssa Mitchell Mazie Movassaghi Dylan Nails Bernard Pearce Gwendolyn Perdomo Brittany Petre Tucker Plaisance Regina Reviere Eugene Segura Monique Dibbs Vallee Special Thanks to TriStar Graphics Group Philip Gould Terri Fensel Gwen Aucoin Francis Pavy Kate Ferry Kate Waxley
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