Call to Artists

Black art matters because Black art shatters boundaries of imagination and limiting social projections

Black art matters because Black artists are crafters of dream-filled futures and unflinching social reflections

Black art matters because Black art captures the depths and the heights of humanity's aspiration

Black art matters because Black artists gather resources out of ether, magic for your appreciation

Black art matters because Black art enraptures, helps aligns worlds that might otherwise splinter

Black art matters because Black artists rather make movements that push margins to the center

If you are a Black artist or crafter, your art matters to all of humanity, but especially here in your city

Let us honor and celebrate your eternal mission to make New Orleans a place of wondrous infinity

                                                                 - Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, CEO of Ashé Cultural Arts Center

About the Percent for Art Program

The Percent for Art Program, which has been administered by the Arts Council since 1986, is supported through city funding generated by 1.5% of eligible capital projects. With all of our Percent for Art commissions, we consider our role to be engaging local artists and facilitating the production of public art that illuminates daily existence and links to the traditions of our communities. There are currently more than 350 Percent for Art artworks enlivening our city’s landscape.

Artwork purchased through the Percent for Art Program will become part of the City of New Orleans permanent collection.  The artwork will be hung in interior City-operated public spaces throughout New Orleans, such as City Hall, public libraries, fire stations, court buildings, and NORD community centers.


The “Art of the Black Experience” call for artwork acknowledges Black people’s contributions and experiences.

Artists are encouraged to broadly interpret the theme.   Examples of relevant themes include: the rich history, cultural practices, and spirituality of Black New Orleans; civil rights history and contemporary struggles for racial justice; under-told stories of Black heroes and activism; Black joy, healing, strength, and wellbeing.

Racial Equity

The Arts Council is committed to centering racial equity in the selection of artists and artworks. Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian and other artists of color are highly encouraged to apply.  Our overall goal is to distribute at least 60% of Percent for Art commissions and direct purchases to artists of color in order to more closely reflect the city’s demographics.

Selection Process & Timeline

The application opens on October 1st and closes October 29th.

  • Artwork will be reviewed online initially.
  • After initial review, finalists will be notified by email by November 12th which pieces have been selected to move to the next round.  
  • Artists will be asked to bring the physical work to a public exhibition at Ashé Cultural Arts Center.  No substitutions will be accepted. Artists will drop off artwork November 15th – 16th.  The exhibition will run from December 3rd through January 28th.
  • During the exhibition, the artwork will be juried.  Community members will be invited to participate in the process by voting on their favorite pieces.
  • Once final decisions are made, representatives of City facilities will be invited to choose their selections.  Artwork that is not purchased by the Percent for Art Program will remain on view and available for purchase through the remainder of the exhibition.

The selection committee includes:

  • Professor Ron Bechet, Xavier University
  • Bryon Cornelison, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy
  • Jose Cotto, Small Center for Collaborative Design
  • Frederick “Wood” Delahoussaye, Ashe Cultural Arts Center
  • Nick Stillman, Prospect New Orleans
  • Sayde Finkel, Office of City Council President Helena Moreno
  • Brandan “B-Mike” Odums, Visual Artist
  • Sunni Patterson, Poet


During this round of the direct purchase, the Arts Council will purchase up to $100,000 total.

Artwork will be purchased at $500, $750, $1,000, $1,500, $2,000, $2,500, $5,000, $7,500, or $10,000 levels.  In order to support as many artists as possible and to diversify the City’s art collection, only a handful of $5,000 - $10,000 artworks will be purchased.  The majority of purchases will be at the $500 - $2,500 levels.

Submission Guidelines

Priority will go to artists that reside in Orleans Parish.  Because we understand that cost of living within Orleans Parish can be prohibitive, New Orleans metro area residents who regularly show in New Orleans through museums, galleries, co-operatives, or a monthly arts market may apply.

Artists may submit no more than 3 works of art total.  The 3 submissions can be in any budget category.  Artists are encouraged to submit a variety of sizes and prices.

  • Accepted media includes, but is not limited to painting, photography, fine art illustration, mixed-media, and printmaking.  Sculptures will be accepted if they are able to be wall-mounted.
  • All artwork must be ready to hang by wire or d-rings.  Framing is optional, but we do ask that you consider how best to present your artwork. Artwork must be ready to be displayed in public spaces.


Artists must complete this online application and submit high resolution jpeg images of their works through the online Submittable portal.

Artists must also provide a brief description of every work of art submitted.  This statement should include how the artwork addresses the “Art of the Black Experience” theme.  Each statement should be no more than 125 words (e.g. a short paragraph).


Due to the widespread damage and displacement caused by Hurricane Ida, the Gentilly Resilience District public art project deadline was extended to Wednesday, October 27 at 5:00 PM (the original deadline was Friday, September 3).  The deadline extension applies only to applicants residing in areas impacted by Hurricane Ida.  See pgs. 9-10 of the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) document for the revised Civic Arts Fellowship program schedule. The first meeting of the Civic Arts Fellowship is now scheduled for Tuesday, November 9.


Arts Council New Orleans in partnership with the City of New Orleans seeks qualified multidisciplinary artists to create permanent public art projects at key locations related to canals and lagoons in the Gentilly Resilience District. Public art will be selected around the themes of climate risk awareness, urban heat, or flooding risk. Collectively, artist projects are intended to excite the public imagination, engage residents, and raise awareness about New Orleans’ climate vulnerability, resilience efforts, flood mitigation, and green infrastructure improvements while offering new amenities and recreation opportunities.

This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is intended to select artists for the Civic Arts Fellowship, a cohort-based professional development program that equips artists and Gentilly residents with knowledge about the city’s relationship with water, neighborhood history and identity, and public art best practices. The five (5) most qualified respondents (artists or artist teams) will be selected. Although projects must result in permanent public art, multidisciplinary and performance artists are encouraged to apply as part of an artist team. Selected artists will co-create public art concepts with residents.

The Arts Council will then issue a mini-Request for Proposals (RFP) to the five (5) artists or teams who were selected as a result of the RFQ. Only the artists selected as a result of the RFQ and who completed the Civic Arts Fellowship will be eligible to submit proposals in response to the mini-RFP. Artists will be allowed to submit different project proposals, or one proposal that can be scaled at different cost levels. All Civic Arts Fellows who submit qualified proposals as a result of the mini-RFP will be awarded contracts for the commission of public art.

The total funding available for public art commissions is approximately $130,000.  Individual project budgets will range between $5,000 to $75,000 dependent on media, scale, and scope. Higher budgets are for larger-scale or collaborative projects.

The RFQ can be found on the Arts Council's website:

Questions about the RFQ or the Gentilly Resilience District public art project should be addressed to Dr. Sarah Woodward at  

The Arts Market of New Orleans seeks new vendor applications from artists creating original and unique works of art and creative goods. The Arts Market of New Orleans is an outdoor festival held monthly at Palmer Park, featuring local artists and creative vendors from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

There is a $20 non-refundable application fee for applying to the Arts Market New Orleans.

We are currently accepting applications in all mediums including, but not limited to painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and bath and body. All applications are juried monthly on a rolling basis.


  • All applicants must be current residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, or Alabama
  • All work created solely by the prospective applicant
  • 80% or more of the work must be handmade, not commercially acquired or appropriated.
  • All applicants must review and agree to the Rules of the Arts Market prior to submitting a new vendor application. Complete Arts Market Rules may be found on our website.


Application Guidelines:


Please note:  We reserve the right to reject applicants who fail to meet the requirements listed below as well as prospective applicants whose works do not reflect the caliber or quality already being presented at the Arts Market of New Orleans. Further inquires can be directed to

  1. Incomplete vendor applications
  2. Failure to submit application and fees by given deadline
  3. Artist images submitted as a non-digital format.  Booth set up image must be included in application.
  4. If subject matter and/or technique is already thoroughly represented by current Arts Market artists

For more information about the Arts Market please visit our website.

Best of luck to you!

Arts Council New Orleans