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)