Philanthropic Fun: Community and Culture
The festival block party for the CAC featured art at the center.
A record-breaking 48,000 filled Julia Street to experience art, build community and celebrate culture throughout the Arts District of New Orleans for the “Hancock Whitney White Linen Night.” During the “Art in Focus” kick-off event, the CAC and the Arts District New Orleans honored gallery owner Arthur Roger and CCH Pounder.
For its 25th anniversary, the CAC decided to bring art alive with interactive experiences as a way to keep art at the center of the festival block party and celebrate the community of art galleries, residents and neighborhood institutions such as the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the National WWII Museum. A highlight included Bob Tannen’s 30-foot boat, “The Life Boat Named NOLA,” on the 600 block and the YAYA live art painting on 400 block.
The CAC also hosted an “Open Call Exhibition: Identity Measures,” featuring works by 23 regional artists, which explored identity as complex entanglements of lived experiences. Simultaneously, The Green Room at Auction House Market hosted drinks and light bites. White Linen After Dark at the CAC featured DJ RQ Away + “HI, DENTITIES!,” a Drag Experience by Vinsantos & New Orleans Drag Workshop, art installations, light bites and dancing.
Hancock Whitney sponsored the block party with support from the Arts District of New Orleans, Cox Communications and Felicity Properties.
Event at a Glance
What: “Hancock Whitney White Linen Night,” benefiting Contemporary Arts Center
When: Saturday, August 3
Where: 300-700 blocks of Julia Street and surrounding neighborhood
Molly Homler, Judith Brown and Valerie Besthoff
David Baker, Jenny and Warren Surcouf III and Tony Leggio