This month’s featured image by Ellen Caillouet, is a contemporary piece made of leaded stained glass panel using lead and zinc came matrix, and various colored and textured glasses. The round red "jewel" is German-made faceted glass. Ellen is an active member and a master craftsman in the Louisiana Crafts Guild, and served as vice president on the board of directors for 5 years. Her work can be seen in her and her husband’s studio, Absolut Art Glass Studio, located at 114 South Long Street, in Lafayette. She also has pieces at the Lafayette Artist Association Gallery, River Oaks Gallery in Alexandria, and in Cajun Spice Gallery, in Lafayette. To view Ellen’s online gallery and services available visit www.absolutartglass.com.

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LPN Booking Session Rescheduled For May 15!
It seems quite a few presenters have realized that they cannot attend the April 11 Statewide Booking Session that is planned. So we’ve moved the date to May 15, which will allow you to also be in Baton Rouge for the also very important Arts in [...]
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Lynn and Jules Kroll Fund for Jewish Documentary Film Accepting Applications for Post-Production Grants
Workshop on How to Expand Your Business in International Markets – May 30, 2012
National Film Preservation Foundation Accepting Applications for Basic Preservation Grants – Deadline June 1, 2012
Artist Studio Space For Rent – Uptown – New Orleans
Attention: American Indian Tribal Community – Award for American Indian Artists – Nomination Deadline is May 31, 2012
Foundation for Entertainment Development & Education Grant – Application Deadline May 24, 2012
Call to Artists: Mixed Messages – Deadline May 28, 2012
Kentuck Festival of the Arts – Application Deadline June 1, 2012
Telfair Art Show, Savannah, GA – Application Deadline June 1, 2012
Cottonwood Art Festival Application Deadline June 22, 2012
New Orleans City Wide Auditions – Saturday, May 26, 2012
Grants for Projects of Arts to the Underserved – May 24, Deadline
Arts Writers Grant Program – Deadline: Wednesday, June 6, 2012
South Arts Presenter Assistance Grants
South Arts Touring Grant for Performing and Literary Arts
Visual Artists Rights Act Webinar now available on demand
Tourism Marketing Initiative Grant – Calcassieu Parish – Deadline May 4, 2012
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Announces Guidelines for Artist Residencies Initiative
Documentary Awards Program – Social Justice Documentary Film Initiative – Deadline June 1, 2012
Job Opening: Dance Teacher -Full Time Position, K-5 Lusher Charter School
Louisiana Artists Affected by Recent Storms
Art Melt 2012 – Juried Exhibit – Call to Artists
Jay Weigel, Chair
Bill Hess, Secretary
Demetric M. Mercadel, Treasurer
C. J. Blache
Mignon Faget
Rob Guidry
Sherri McConnell
Norma Jane Sabiston
Margaret Shehee
Tommy Usrey
Pam Breaux, Ex-Officio
Aimee Smallwood, CEO
Lisa Picone, Economic Opportunity Fund Grant Program Director
Jackie Richard, Development Director
Kathy Richard, Healthcare Initiative Director
Dorian Rush Reardon, Special Projects Coordinator
Robert J. Wilson, Healthcare Initiative Program Coordinator
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Dear Friends of LCEF:

I got to hear New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu sing It’s a Wonderful World with His Excellency Kacinskas from the Republic of Lithuania at the recent World Cultural Economic Forum and that’s when the impact of Louisiana culture really hits home. We’ve shared our culture with the world and now they’re singing it, dancing it, and playing it right back to us. While cultural leaders from all over the world are sharing information about how to strengthen their own communities, we at LCEF are coming to recognize the need for a convening of our own. Stay tuned for information regarding a collaboration between LCEF and the state Office of Cultural Development as we develop a new way for producers and leaders in our cultural and economic development industries to interact and share information.

I would also like to welcome new LCEF Board member, Sherri McConnell. She is the former Director of Louisiana Entertainment through the Louisiana Office of Economic Development, and is an experienced consultant. She is heavily involved in creative content and entertainment space development within the state. We are fortunate to have her.

Aimee Smallwood

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Announcing 2012 Grant Deadline

LCEF is excited to announce that our 2012 Economic Opportunity Fund grant deadline is August 1, 5pm CST. Applications will be available online by June 15. We recommend that you review our guidelines before beginning your application process even if you have applied in the past. Some things have changed, for example, maximum grant amounts and required attachments.

Economic Opportunity Fund Calendar

June 15- Grant Applications Available Online
June 27- Online Training Webinar #1
July 20- Online Training Webinar #2
August 1- Grant Application Deadline
September 11- Board Approval of Grant Recommendations
September 14- 2012 EOF Grant Recipients Announced
September 25- Grant Checks Distributed (pending receipt of grant agreements)

Both the registration for our webinar training and the EOF application will be available online on our website by June 15.

If you have questions or require assistance with your application, call Lisa or Dorian at 504-895-2800.

Good luck to all of our 2012 candidates! We look forward to learning more about your unique business ideas!

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May is Skin Cancer Detection Month


You can help reduce your risk of developing both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers by incorporating sun protection into you daily routine.

Sunscreen continues to be one of the safest and most effective sun protection methods available. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher as one important part of a complete sun protection regimen which includes seeking shade, covering up with clothing including a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses, and avoiding tanning and UV tanning booths.

Over the past 40 years melanoma rates have increased by 800 percent among young women and 400 percent among young men ages 18-39. Visit skincancer.org for more information.


Mental Health Tip

laughing outdoors

Get Happy – Go Alfresco!

The Lousiana weather has been downright beautiful lately, just in time for all the spectacular outdoor fun spring and summer has to offer. Festivals, crawfish boils, graduations, whatever may be going on, it’s time to turn off the television, get off the couch and head outdoors! Heed that call and you’ll reap physical and mental health benefits, according to reports of the Harvard Health Letter.

Here are five good reasons to get outdoors: read more


Smoke in Your Eyes

smoke in your eyes

May 31, 2012 is World No Tobacco Day. Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death. Click here for more information on the Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI).

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LCEF Staff Take Creative Action in Lafayette INNOV8 Event

Rob at INNOV8

Lafayette, LA– The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation (LCEF) proudly participated in the successful INNOV8 conference held April 22–29, 2012 in Lafayette. INNOV8, a project of the Innovation Division of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, is an eight-day festival of creativity and innovation focusing on digital interactive technology, arts, music, and entrepreneurship. INNOV8 brought together the best and brightest in a creative setting focused on learning and sharing ideas while serving as a conduit for creative thinking and a showcase for talented creatives who make Lafayette a unique place to live and work. read more

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