Saturday, February 27, was a Disco Throwback at “SweetArts,” a Contemporary Arts Center fundraiser supporting its year-round programming in visual and performing arts and arts education. The annual gala recognizes those who have contributed to the New Orleans arts and culture community. This year the CAC fêted Philanthropist Françoise Billion Richardson, Visual Artist Jacqueline Humphries, Performing Artist CCH Pounde, and Arts Educator Jill Basile Hitchins.

The attire was “1970s Chic,” paying homage to the art, culture and energy of the decade in which the CAC was founded. Presented by Smith & Fawer, LLC, the evening kicked off with a Patron Party in the CAC’s Theater, which had been transformed into Studio 54 by the Décor Committee of Raine Bedsole, Susan Gisleson, Sara Paradis, Gregg Porter, Staci Rosenberg, Jennifer Rowland, Robyn Dunn Schwarz and Elizabeth Shannon.

The more than 475 guests were led into the warehouse for the main event, where Anaïs St. John performed an unforgettable night of dancing to 1970s soul and disco hits with her Donna Summer Tribute show.

Cuisine was provided by 12 local restaurants and food trucks, including Atchafalaya, Audubon Nature Institute Catering, Blue Crab, Brennan's, Crêpes à la Cart, Greek Girls, Green To Go, Marie's Fleur de Lis Catering, Napoleon House, Nirvana, Pigéon Caterers, Reginelli's, Rollin' Fatties, St. Lawrence and Wayfare.

The “SweetArts” 2016 Committee Co-Chairs were MaryBeth Guarisco, Jim Mounger, Judith Oudt, Gregg Porter and Julie and Dr. David Silvers.


What: Smith & Fawer presents “SweetArts 2016,” benefiting Contemporary Arts Center
When: Saturday, February 27
Where: Contemporary Arts Center