2017 Decentralized Arts Funding Grants Announced for St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes

The St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs announces the Decentralized Arts Funding grant awards for the 2016-2017 cultural season. The St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs administers the DAF Program for both St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes. The grants include awards for cultural projects and organizational support, which provides direct support for arts organizations’ full seasons of work.

St. Tammany Parish

Organizational Support


Slidell Little Theatre


St. Tammany Art Association


Playmakers, Inc.


City of Slidell’s Department of Cultural & Public Affairs



Project Assistance


STARC of Louisiana, Inc.


City of Mandeville


Slidell Heritage Foundation


Covington Three Rivers Art Festival


City of Covington, Office of Cultural Arts & Events



St. Bernard Parish

Project Assistance

St. Bernard Parish Public Schools


St. Bernard Parish Library


St. Bernard Parish Government



The purpose of the Decentralized Arts Funding program is to provide funding for arts and cultural projects in every parish of the state. Applicants compete only with other organizations in their parish and decisions are made locally by a diverse review panel comprised of members of the local community. The Decentralized Arts Funding Program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by St. Tammany Parish Government.  

“We have a deep appreciation for the arts here in St. Tammany as the arts are vital to our heritage and our identity,” said Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President. “So many of our locals — born and raised here have gone on to share their artistic talents worldwide. We want the next generation to have the same opportunities to come into their artistic fullness, and this is one small way we can work towards that goal.”

 Guidelines for next year’s Decentralized Arts Funding program will be available in March 2017, and the Commission on Cultural Affairs will conduct informational workshops to assist applicants. For more information, call 985-867-5095 or visit .


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