Creative Relief

Creative Relief is an emergency preparedness and response program which addresses both community need through an artistic lens and resources to artists and arts organizations. Artists and arts organizations are integral to the health and welfare of neighborhoods, towns, and cities in good times, but especially in times of difficulty. Creative Relief is particularly designed to prepare the arts and culture sector to respond to and recover from a wide range of natural disasters, infectious disease outbreaks, and manmade complex disasters.

All funds raised with this fund will go to support the creative community in Southeast Louisiana affected by Hurricane Ida.

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Support us through our I heART 337 campaign with an annual payment of $337 or billed monthly for $28.

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If you're not interested in a subscription, consider becoming a Friend of the Arts Council today, and help us continue to make an impact on our community through arts and cultural initiatives.

In Southwest Louisiana, the arts mean business. Our creative industry not only acts as the pulse of our region but also brings in enormous amounts of tourism dollars and consumer spending. Because of your loyalty to the Arts Council’s mission, this past year we were able to enact creative strategies that diversify our culture, economy, and tourism, making SWLA an even better place to live, work, and visit.

Your contribution allows us to continue supporting countless individual artists and over 75 nonprofit arts organizations, including Dancing Classrooms, Lake Charles Symphony, MSU Banners Cultural Series, Henning Cultural Center, Black Heritage Festival, Impromptu Players, and A Block Off Broadway, among many others.

Your contribution enables us to accomplish much, including:

  • Working with the City of Lake Charles and Chamber SW to create the Cultural Economy Report that identifies collaborative projects to make our region more conducive for cultural enterprises such as artist residencies, public art, and educational programming.
  • Expanding tourism-boosting events such as Live @ the Lakefront, Gallery Promenade, and Spring Art Walk as a way to offer more platforms for working artists and musicians while building vibrancy within the community.
  • Offering more promotional services for the arts and more opportunities for professional development for the creative workforce with seminars, workshops, and after hour events.
  • Continuing to offer four annual grant programs that are funded by our biggest partners: the Lake Charles/SWLA Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, the City of Lake Charles, and the Office of Cultural Development.

You will receive:

  • The HEartBEAT Weekly e-newsletter which keeps you updated on the latest happenings in the region.
  • Invites to exclusive special events, patron parties, and access to VIP perks at the hottest events in SWLA.

To start or renew your friendship, fill out the form below and either choose to be a Friend of the Arts Council ($50) or upgrade to the Friends and Family of the Arts Council tier ($100).

Visit our Sponsorship Packages page for information on supporting Arts Council events through your business.

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