More than 500 guests attended the Contemporary Arts Center’s “SweetArts 2014,” and witnessed the presentation of the “SweetArts Awards,” given to individuals and organizations that embody the heart and soul of the New Orleans cultural community.

This year honored five individuals and organizations for their commitment to preserving New Orleans culture: the Helis Foundation represented by David A. Kerstein, musician Hannibal Lokumbe, visual artist and arts educator Mary Jane Parker, Paul J. Tines and Gretchen and Rodger Wheaton

The event was dedicated to the memory of past CAC board president Allen Eskew (1948-2013), who embraced the spirit of the New Orleans cultural community in his daily life.
The honorees were celebrated at the preceding reception at the home of Robin Burgess and Terrence Blanchard, with entertainment by the Faubourg Quartet, NOCCA Jazz Quartet and DJ Brice Nice.

Erica Falls, DJ Matty and Fayard Lindsey provided entertainment while guests enjoyed edibles from Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House, Atchafalaya, Broussard’s, Boucherie and more.

In addition to the awards presentation, the gala evening also served to preview the acclaimed blockbuster touring exhibition, “30 Americans,” which the proceeds of the event will keep on view until June 15.


What: “SweetArts 2014,” benefiting the Contemporary Arts Center
When: Friday, February 7
Where: Contemporary Arts Center