Created by the Contemporary Arts Center in 1980, Arts for the Arts' Sake has become a favorite fall tradition for art lovers in and around New Orleans and a showcase of the incredible multidisciplinary artists from our region.


At the CAC, don't miss the final night of our IDENTITY MEASURES open call exhibition, featuring 23 regional artists!

From 5:30 to 9:30 pm, explore art gallery openings on Julia Street and throughout the Arts District New Orleans. Gallery listing coming soon!

Art for Arts’ Sake (October 5, 5:30-10 pm)

This performing-art-focused Fundraising Event marks the start of our 2019-2020 Season and celebrates our Southern Crossings Artist Residencies with three preview performances of Raw Fruit by KM Dance Project, Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever by Leyla McCalla and Kiyoko McCrae, and Requiem for a Stranger featuring Renee Benson by Vagabond Inventions. The evening is also the closing night of Identity Measures Exhibit, so every artist featured in our building will be locally based. There will be a food and beverage, a focus on our Artist and Student Membership Level, and a DJ following the performances.

Southern Crossings is the CAC's showcase of new works by the CAC's performing artists-in-residence at Art for Arts' Sake. 
Featuring Raw Fruit by KM Dance Project; Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever by Leyla McCalla and Kiyoko McCrae; and Requiem for a Stranger featuring Renee Benson, by Vagabond Inventions

Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever by Leyla McCalla & Kiyoko McCrae (6:30pm) Returning for its second year of Southern Crossings residency, Breaking the Thermometer to Hide the Fever is a multidisciplinary performance set to new music by Haitian-American singer-songwriter Leyla McCalla, exploring the legacy of Radio Haiti-Inter, Haiti’s first privately owned Kreyol-speaking radio station, and the assassination of its owner, Jean Dominique, in 2000.  


Raw Fruit by Kesha McKey & KM Dance Project (7:15 pm)

Raw Fruit is a multidisciplinary work in development led by KM Dance Project Artistic Director, Kesha McKey and Associate Director Catherine Caldwell, also returning for its second year with Southern Crossings. It is a collection of stories that reveal the essence of ancestral values which have been woven into the cultural fabric of our lives. This work examines legacy, identity, socialization, unity and friction inside the Black family dynamic.   

Requiem For A Stranger by Vagabond Inventions featuring Renee Benson (8:00 pm): Requiem for a Stranger is a devised work in development by physical theater company, Vagabond Inventions in collaboration with Singer/ Composer Renee Benson. This new, devised creation explores the nature of grief – both personal and cultural – by giving form to how this experience, repressed culturally, exists in the heartspace of humans. Requiem will take the form of a ritualistic theatrical installation, combining a trio of materials: a vast space, the bodies of the performers in movement, and mountains of shredded newspaper.


The Ogden Museum will be free and open to the public from 6 - 9 p.m. and will have bars set up throughout the Museum. 
Two new exhibtions will be opening at the Ogden Museum that night: Memory is a Strange Bell: The Art of William Christenberry and Level Artist Collective. 

Back To Top