OLG and DCRT
Strategic Plan
2014-15 through 2018-19

         

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WHAT IS DAF?

The Louisiana Decentralized Arts Fund Program (DAF), initiated in 1995, makes the arts available in every parish in the State of Louisiana by providing grant funding for artists, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and local government agencies.

Funding is allocated to each parish on a per capita basis utilizing U.S. census figures. It is based on population, not on any additional factors.

The Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA) oversees the program, disbursing funds to each of nine Regional Development Agencies (RDA's), which in turn regrant those dollars to parishes in their region.

RDA's develop arts programs to meet local needs, ensuring that decisions about cultural priorities are made locally; applicants compete for funding only with other organizations in their parish.

In most regions there is a Community Development Coordinator who administers the DAF program, providing advice and assistance in developing arts programming.

The Decentralized Arts Fund Program is designed to:

  • Expand efforts to make the arts accessible to all parishes in Louisiana
  • Award grants to eligible organizations located within the parish for which funds are designated

Goals of the Decentralized Arts Fund Program are:

  • Strengthen arts organizations
  • Encourage professional artists to undertake projects that have meaningful community involvement and build audiences for the arts
  • Encourage a variety of nonprofit organizations to sponsor arts and cultural activities including classical, contemporary and traditional arts in eight artistic disciplines
  • Leverage local support for the arts
  • Make arts activities available to groups who have limited arts experiences
  • Fund public arts and cultural activities
  • Introduce standard grant-writing practices and develop familiarity with customary administrative practices.

The Louisiana Division of the Arts in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council is the catalyst for participation, education, development, and promotion of excellence in the arts by overseeing the DAF program and implementing plans of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor's Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism.

Decentralized Arts Funding Regions

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Region 1
Kim Cook, CEO
Arts Council of New Orleans
935 Gravier St., Ste. 850
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 523-1465
(504) 529-2430 FAX

Joycelyn Reynolds, CDC
jreynolds@artscouncilofneworleans.org
Parishes:
Jefferson
Orleans
Plaquemines
Region 2
Eric Vaughn Holowacz, CEO
Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
427 Laurel Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
(225) 344-8558
(225) 344-7777 FAX

Sarah Cortell Vandersypen, CDC
sarah@acgbr.com
Parishes:
Ascension
East Baton Rouge
East Feliciana
Iberville
Livingston
Pointe Coupee
St. Helena
Tangipahoa
Washington
West Baton Rouge
West Feliciana
Region 3

Parishes:
Assumption
Lafourche
St. Charles
St. John
St. James
Terrebonne
Region 4
Gerd Wuestemann, Executive Director
Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 West Vermilion Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 233-7060
(337) 233-7062 FAX

Gwen Richard, CDC
gwen@acadianacenterforthearts.org
Parishes:
Acadia
Evangeline
Iberia
Lafayette
St. Landry
St. Martin
St. Mary
Vermillion
Region 5
Erica McCreedy, Executive Director
Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana
P. O. Box 1437
Lake Charles, LA 70602
(337) 439-2787
(337) 439-8009 FAX

Scotty Higginbotham, CDC
scottyh@artscouncilswla.org
Parishes:
Allen
Beauregard
Calcasieu
Cameron
Jefferson Davis
Region 6
Matt Henry, Executive Director
Arts Council of Central Louisiana
1101 4th St., Ste. 201
Alexandria, LA 71301
(318) 443-4718
(318) 484-4499 FAX

Caroline Randall, CDC
caroline@louisiana-arts.org
Parishes:
Avoyelles
Catahoula
Concordia
Grant
LaSalle
Rapides
Vernon
Winn
Region 7
Pam Atchison, Executive Director
Shreveport Regional Arts Council
801 Crockett St.
Shreveport, LA 71101
(318) 673-6500
(318) 673-6515 FAX

Vickie Marshall, CDC
Vickie@shrevearts.org

Robin Jones, Executive Director
Bossier Arts Council
630 Barksdale Boulevard
Bossier City, LA 71111
(318) 741-8310
(318) 741-8312 FAX

Robin Jones, CDC
robin@bossierarts.org

Parishes:
Bienville
Bossier
Caddo
Claiborne
DeSoto
Lincoln
Natchitoches
Red River
Sabine
Webster
Region 8
Tommy Usrey, President and CEO
Northeast Louisiana Arts Council
2305 North 7th Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
(318) 396-9520
(318) 396-6837 FAX

Tommy Usrey, President and CEO
artsmanNE@aol.com
Parishes:
Caldwell
East Carroll
Franklin
Jackson
Madison
Morehouse
Ouachita
Richland
Tensas
Union
West Carroll
Region 9
Jennifer Hart Bushnell, Arts Coordinator
St. Tammany Arts Commission
P. O. Box 628
Covington, LA 70434
(985) 898-5243
(985) 898-2798 FAX

Katie Mizell Magee, CDC
kmmagee@stpgov.org
Parishes:
St. Bernard
St. Tammany