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The Alliance of Artists Communities is pleased to have the 2016 Emerging Program Institute hosted at the Joan Mitchell Center. The Center supports local, national, and international contemporary visual artists on a small campus located on two acres in the historic Faubourg Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans.

The Joan Mitchell Center is an artist residency center developed to offer both time and space for artists to create work in a contemplative environment. As part of the Center's commitment to provide a forum for artists and to be a welcoming, inclusive gathering place for artists and the broader community of New Orleans, the Joan Mitchell Center curates and produces public programming, creating events that support values of community, diversity and social equity.

Joan Mitchell (born: Chicago, 1925) is known for the compositional rhythms, bold coloration, and sweeping gestural brushstrokes of her large and often multi-paneled paintings. Inspired by landscape, nature, and poetry, her intent was not to create a recognizable image, but to convey emotions. Mitchell's early success in the 1950s was striking at a time when few women artists were recognized. She referred to herself as the "last Abstract Expressionist," and she continued to create abstract paintings until her death in 1992. Mitchell gave personal support to many young artists who came to stay with her at Vétheuil, France — sometimes for just one night; sometimes for an entire summer. Correspondence in her papers reveals that this generosity often had a life-changing impact on those that spent time with her. Her generosity in her own lifetime continued after her death with the formation of the Joan Mitchell Foundation, as prescribed in her will to create support and recognition for individual artists.




The National Performance Network (NPN) and the Visual Artists Network (VAN) is a group of diverse cultural organizers, including artists, working to create meaningful partnerships and to provide leadership that enables the practice and public experience of the performing arts in the United States. One of NPN/VAN’s primary objectives is to support artists’ ability to move their work around the country and the world, giving them the opportunity to engage new audiences and communities. A second key objective is to facilitate the development of new work by supporting NPN Partners’ ability to commission fresh, exciting creations and collaborations. The National Performance Network and the Visual Artists Network are closed networks, intentionally kept small to facilitate active participation, build sustainable relationships, and measure impact over time.






Located in a unique wooded setting within the city of New Orleans, A Studio in the Woods has an established record of pairing land preservation with intimate artist residencies centered on environmental challenges and connecting artists to the local community. A Studio in the Woods has grown with the forest as organically as it grew into a nonprofit artist retreat and learning center, built sustainably with salvaged goods. In 1968, Joe and Lucianne Carmichael purchased the site and sought to preserve the 7.66 acres of endangered forest for its great value as wetlands and as a powerful source of creative inspiration and education. In June 2002, Friends of A Studio in the Woods was formed with the mission to protect and preserve the Mississippi River bottomland hardwood forest and to provide a tranquil haven where artists can reconnect with universal creative energy and work uninterrupted.