New Orleans is the eclectic and beautiful place we call home thanks to our art in its various incarnations; with visual art, music and cuisine, this town is the amazing place it is because of those talented individuals behind it leaving their mark. Each year, the Arts Council of New Orleans recognizes those who enrich the lives of New Orleanians through their contributions to the art scene. On Wednesday, May 3, the nonprofit hosted its 26th annual Community Arts Award patron party at The Grill Room of the Windsor Court. Approximately 220 people attended in honor of the seven honorees; this year’s list included activist Luther Gray, musician Deacon John Moore, artist Auselkis Ozols, designer Mario Villa, the Symphony Chorus of New Orleans and radio station WWOZ 90.7. Recipients Gray and Moore performed a spirited rendition of “Iko-Iko” for guests at the party. Patron party sponsor The Windsor Court generously donated delicious food for guests. For the main event the following day, a grand luncheon was held at the Audubon Tea Room for 380 guests. Dan Cameron, curator of Prospect.1, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation were both awarded prestigious Chairman’s Awards. Guests enjoyed a light lunch of Seasonal Field Greens, Oven-Roasted Rosemary Chicken and Crème Caramel. Committee co-chairs Dana Hansel and Anne Redd were in attendance, as were committee members Alexa Pulitzer, Diane Sustendal, Janie Glade, Beth Lambert and Alexa Georges. The event raised money to support the organization, which has been committed to the arts since 1977.