Strategic Plan
2014-15 through 2018-19


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Division of the Arts

Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA) is a program of the Office of Cultural Development, an agency within the Department of Culture Recreation and Tourism and the Office of the Lt. Governor.  LDOA is charged with the maintenance of our state's valuable artistic assets, and has served the state's arts community since its inception in 1977.

Through our history, one of the primary roles of the LDOA has been as grant maker. Financial resources are defined for strategic purposes that work towards advancing the field and providing a public benefit to the residents of our state. Our grants 'investment' also assists in workforce development, and supports the infrastructure of Louisiana's cultural industries. LDOA receives funds from the Louisiana State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Division of the Arts provides programs, services and support to the fields of arts-in-education, folklife, individual artists, and cultural organizations. We act as an information clearinghouse for arts and cultural activities, coordinate statewide convenings, work toward economic development and measure economic impact of arts and cultural activities. The Division of the Arts administers the Percent for Art program, manages the State Art Collection, and partners with state and regional entities through programs like our Decentralized Arts Fund (DAF).

View our current strategic plan (here)


Arts Strategic Planning Focus Groups  


The Louisiana Division of the Arts is hosting focus groups across the state to garner feedback on our strategic plan. All meetings are free and open to the public. Please help us shape the arts in Louisiana for years to come.


  • Oct. 23 @ 1 p.m. in Lake Charles at the Arts and Humanities Council of SWLA - (809 Kirby St., Ste. 202, Lake Charles, LA 70601) 
  • Oct. 27 @ 1 p.m. in Lafayette at the Acadiana Center for the Arts (101 West Vermillion St., Lafayette, LA 70501)
  • Nov 12 @ 1:00 p.m. at the Shreveport Regional Arts Council's Central ARTSTATION at 801 Crockett St. , Shreveport, LA 71101
  • Nov. 16 @ 8 a.m. in Baton Rouge at 1010 NIC (1010 Nicholson Dr. Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70802)

If you have any questions please contact Executive Director Cathy Hernandez at chernandez@crt.la.gov or at 225-342-8200.

FY 16 Artist Career Advancement Grants  

Grant applications are now being accepted for 2015-2016 Artist Career Advancement Grants. The Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA) Artist Career Advancement is a program designed to assist practicing, Louisiana artists with specific development and skill building opportunities that advance their work and careers. Applications are evaluated based on artistic quality and the potential impact on the artist’s career.  Artist grants of up to $2,000 are available for Artist Career Advancement proposals in dance, design arts, folklife, literature, media, music, theatre, and visual arts and crafts.  These grants support artists at any stage in their careers to pursue projects or opportunities that further their professional development.  The intent is to support activities that contribute to the individual artist’s creative and professional growth.  However, the artist’s proposal must make a compelling case as to how the grant will substantially impact his or her artistic career. Please click here for grant guidelines and to begin the grant application process. 

FY16 Fast Track Presenters Grant  

A grant opportunity is now available for presenters in Louisiana.  The Fast Track Presenters Grant Program is designed to promote performing arts and aid in the sustenance of artistic activity in Louisiana by providing funding to Louisiana presenters to bring live performances to the state.  The Fast Track Presenters Grant Program is a special initiative developed from the Gulf States Presenters Network (for more information (click here).  Fast Track Presenters Grants of up to $2,000 are available for Louisiana presenters to hire performing artists from Mississippi and Alabama to perform at Louisiana venues.  The performing artists must be listed on the Mississippi Artist Roster or the Alabama Artist Roster.  In return, the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Alabama State Council on the Arts will provide grant funding to presenters in their states to hire Louisiana performing artists.  Please note that all three states’ artist rosters include visual artists, educational outreach, and other disciplines.  However, presenters are only eligible for grants to offset the costs of hiring eligible performing artists to perform at qualifying events.  To access the grant guidelines, please (click here). 

Louisiana Artist Roster - Call To Artists  

The Louisiana Artist Roster is a listing of Louisiana artists that have professional experience with shows, exhibits, or performances of all genres who are tour-ready and available for statewide, regional, national or international bookings, exhibitions and special events. Artists must complete the online application and will be selected for the roster through a peer review process.
For more information click here

LDOA 2015-16 Stabilization Grants  

The 2015-2016 Stabilization Grant Guidelines and Application are now available. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 13, 2015 at 4 pm. To access the grant guidelines and application, please visit our website: http://www.crt.state.la.us/cultural-development/arts/grants/index. If you are a new grant applicant, you will need to create a user profile in LACGO before you begin the application process. Click on the following link to access the application in LACGO: https://laarts.cgweb.org/login.php

Please note: The grant cycle is for one year (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016). This is a change from the previous grant cycle. Contact Paula White at pwhite@crt.la.gov with any grant related questions. Please contact Danny Belanger at dbelanger@crt.la.gov with any technical assistance you may need with the online grant application.

Participate in our Strategic Plan Survey  

Louisiana Division of the Arts invites you to participate in the development of our 2016 - 19 Strategic Plan by completing this quick survey.  Our planning and evaluation process greatly values public input as a means to ensure that our programs and services meet the needs of all constituents.