Patron Party and Gala Chairs Erik and Kristi Johnsen with Robyn and Andrew Schwarz


“SweetArts 2018 | Art Unfolds” provided an evening of interactive contemporary art experiences and pop-up performances throughout the CAC’s Besthoff Building for patrons supporting the arts. The event included cuisine and cocktails from local restaurants, a contemporary art auction, entertainment by Crescent City Aerial Arts, DJ Lil Jodeci and Black Magic Drumline and art experiences by designer and artist Ellen Macomber, photographer Jose Cotto and “cubs the poet.”

“SweetArts 2018” Honorees included: Bard Early College New Orleans in Arts Education; Urban Bush Women in Performing Arts; Michael Schneider and James Dunne of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann in Philanthropy; and Trevor Schoonmaker in Visual Arts.

The evening kicked off with the Honorees/Patron Party including recognition and remarks by honorees and a champagne reception in the Commons at The Shop. The gala followed at 8 p.m. in the CAC’s first and second floor galleries and public spaces. The party continued at the Late Night Party in the CAC’s warehouse, with live music by local band CoolNasty, dancing, dessert, cocktails and after-hours fun.

Patron Party and Gala Chairs were Kristi and Erik Johnsen and Christa and Matt Schwartz. David T. Baker and Sayde F. Finkel served as Late Night Party Chairs.


Event at a Glance

What: “SweetArts 2018 | Art Unfolds,” benefiting Contemporary Arts Center
When: Saturday, February 24
Where: The Contemporary Arts Center


Culture and Community

Late Night Party Chairs Sayde Finkel and David T. Baker


Culture and Community

Honoree James Dunne, CAC Director and CEO Neil Barclay and Honoree Michael Schneider