The Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority have announced a new artist stipend program, ArtSpark, designed to offer financial aid to local artists. ArtSpark, according to Paige Krause, the AcA’s education coordinator, will help artists at all career levels on specific, short-term projects, and it will also be directed toward increasing public art in the community.

“In connecting with our mission, we recognize the importance of fostering and investing in our local community of artists, providing opportunities that offer assistance for materials, development of new works, or to provide support for projects that incorporate public art and community engagement,” Krause says in a release announcing ArtSpark. “By collaborating with the Opportunity Machine, we will provide a series of career development services that offer resources for career sustainability in the arts. Overall, this program will support and develop innovation and vibrancy while enhancing our local environment and offering support to our local artists.”

From the press release:

Applications are due to AcA by September 21 and can be submitted to Acadiana Center for the Arts—ArtSpark at 101 W. Vermilion St. Lafayette, LA 70501. A full list of guidelines and applications can be found at AcadianaCenterfortheArts.org/Community. Prior to the application deadline, Acadiana Center for the Arts & Opportunity Machine, will host two application assistance workshops for ArtSpark. Participants are highly encouraged to attend to learn more about the ArtSpark application process, how to write an effective application, and how to complete a successful budget outline. This is a great opportunity to have your questions answered prior to completing an application Workshops are one hour and will be held at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St. on September 8th, 5:30-6:30 p.m. and on September 11th, 10:00-11:00 a.m.  For directions or questions, contact Paige Krause at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 337.233.7060 ex. 232.

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