Conference Hosts

The following Alliance member organizations are hosting Sustaining Today's Artists. For additional event venues, please see Events + Tours.

Louisiana ArtWorks

At Louisiana ArtWorks' 93,000-square-foot visual arts facility in New Orleans' Arts & Warehouse District, visual artists come face to face with the public to share in the fascination and excitement of the creative process. Louisiana ArtWorks creates an infrastructure for the growth of the creative industry by providing needed workspace and equipment for artists, while attracting the public as a premier cultural destination for exhibitions, symposia, workshops, and other events.

The Louisiana ArtWorks Studio Residency Program provides 19 serious artists with studio space while enriching the local community through public interaction and fresh, innovative perspectives. Louisiana ArtWorks houses facilities for printmaking, ceramics, metal, and glass.
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A Studio in the Woods

A Studio in the Woods, a program of Tulane University located in 7.66 forested acres on the Mississippi River in New Orleans, is dedicated to preserving the endangered bottomland hardwood forest and providing within it a peaceful retreat where visual, literary, and performing artists can work uninterrupted. Programming includes community workshops in the arts and environmental preservation, and an outdoor classroom where school children and university students can experience and study the natural world.

A Studio in the Woods began in 1961 as the homestead and studios of Joe and Lucianne Carmichael. Motivated by a desire to preserve this endangered forest and its creative inspiration for artists, the Carmichaels began offering students, artists, educators, and environmentalists opportunities to learn about the natural environment and its source of inspiration.
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Hot Iron Press

A custom printshop and residency program, Hot Iron Press also actively organizes a number of projects and grassroots arts activities. Hot Iron Press was founded by printmakers Kyle Bravo and Jenny LeBlanc in 2002, and Kyle and Jenny were recipients of the Alliance's 2006 Hurricane Relief Residency at Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California.

In addition to art-making, teaching, and running Hot Iron Press, Kyle and Jenny are also founding members of The Front, an alternative, artist collective gallery in New Orleans.
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New Orleans Creative Glass Institute

The New Orleans Creative Glass Institute (NOCGI - pronounced "nock-gee") formed in 2006 as an open access studio for professional glass artists, glass enthusiasts, and beginning glass students. Studio rental and an extensive selection of classes in glass blowing, fusing, casting, and lampwork are offered year-round.

Before Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans could boast of having one of the fastest growing glass art communities in the US. But Katrina and the flooding that followed destroyed or shuttered every glass studio in the city. The New Orleans glass art community was in a freefall. Drastic action had to be taken to stabilize and then re-grow the glass art community. Glass artists from around the city came together in a common effort to reopen the university and private glass studios, but without a public access studio, the great majority of the glass art community would not survive. NOCGI was formed to fill this critical need, and today has 32 studio artists in-residence.
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The Conference

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I just wanted to thank you for making a newcomer to your conference feel so welcome. I also wanted to congratulate you on such an organized, content- and experience-filled conference … with sessions and conversations that left me truly inspired and energized!
–2008 Conference attendee

The Alliance's 19th Annual Conference is supported in part by grants from The Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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