The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana is excited to present mARTI Gras, a virtual online art show and auction, commemorating and “un-canceling” Mardi Gras 2021 in Cultural Region 8.

“Mardi Gras is part of our culture in Louisiana. It is part of who we are,” said Arts Council President Barry Stevens. “COVID-19 has created challenges for everyone including the ability to celebrate Mardi Gras and experience art. To help maintain the fun of Mardi Gras and to help artists continue working, the Arts Council created mARTi Gras.”

Artists will submit up to five pieces of Mardi Gras inspired or influenced art. These pieces will be displayed via our online platforms for pre-event artist and work spotlights and then will be sold via virtual silent auction during the weekend of Feb. 12-14, prior to the observance of Mardi Gras on Feb. 16.

For the kids mARTi Gras will include a region-wide coloring contest for Region 8, grades preK-8th. Different grade level coloring sheets are available via the Arts Council’s Facebook page and at select community locations in all 11 parishes. Deadline for submission of coloring sheets is Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Fifty percent of the auction proceeds will go the artist, and 50 percent will be retained by the Arts Council benefiting the programs and services of the Arts Council in Region 8.

Artists interested in participating should contact the Arts Council office.

Deadline for submission of art work is Monday, Feb. 1 by 2 p.m.

For more information about mARTi Gras, contact Abigail Handy in the Arts Council office at 318.397.6717 or email

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