Based in the culturally diverse and historic city of New Orleans, the Joan Mitchell Center’s mission is to support local, national, and international contemporary visual artists.
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. In addition to the artist residency and local artist studio programming, the Center curates and produces public programming that serves the broader community of New Orleans, and endeavors to serve as an incubator, conduit and resource for partnerships in the arts. Learn more.
The Joan Mitchell Center is a small campus consisting of several buildings, located on approximately two acres in the historic Faubourg Tremé neighborhood. The main house is a petite Creole plantation house originally built circa 1800, which features guest rooms for artists in residence, a kitchen, and dining area. Other buildings on the campus host additional guest rooms, as well as event and convening spaces. In 2014, construction began on a studio building, which will be the nucleus of the Artist In Residence Program and complete the vision of the facility. Featuring ten studios, a communal meeting space and a media lab, the light-filled studios will provide artists with professional spaces for creating work. In addition to the construction of the studio building, renovations are taking place in the various other buildings at the Center, to optimize the spaces for the artist residency and engagement with the community. Learn more.
The Joan Mitchell Center's Artist Residency programming offers artists – from emerging to established, national and local – the time and space to create work, and the opportunity to engage with a community of artists in residency at the Center, as well as with the vibrant arts community of New Orleans. Learn more.
As part of the Joan Mitchell 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. Learn more.
Poet Kelly Harris-DeBerry reading at the February 2014 Visual MashUp and Open Studios, February 2014
Performance by Monica McIntyre during Visual MashUp, December 2013
The Joan Mitchell Center aspires to be an asset to an already culturally rich neighborhood in New Orleans. Working with a broad range of individuals and institutions throughout the city is integral to the Center's mission and goals. Learn more.
An ‘Art Market’ organized by the New Orleans organization Constance and hosted by the Joan Mitchell Center, which gave over 60 local artists the opportunity to sell their works and engage directly with the public in December of 2011.
- I’m a New Orleans based artist, how do I apply for the New Orleans Local Artist (NOLA) Studio Program?
The Joan Mitchell Center engages local organizations and institutions as nominators for its local artist studio program to ensure diversity of applicants. We do not accept unsolicited requests at this time.
- How can my organization partner with the Joan Mitchell Center?
The Joan Mitchell Center has a strong commitment to developing relationships with community members, organizations and institutions. Attending an event at the Center (such as a Community Coffee) is an ideal way to get a sense of the Center’s values, and to meet staff members. Please review the Community Partnerships page to learn more and email firstname.lastname@example.org with any requests for partnership.
- I work for a New Orleans based organization and we have a guest coming into town. Can I apply to have them stay at the Joan Mitchell Center?
Accommodations are based on availability, project proposal and community engagement efforts in New Orleans. For inquiries on guest stay, please contact email@example.com.
- How do I apply to present for Visual MashUp?
The content for this series is based on an annual theme, and curated by the Joan Mitchell Center’s Advisory Council, community partners, and staff. Applications are accepted online, to apply please visit this application page.
- How do I apply for employment at the Joan Mitchell Center?
Any current opportunities can be found on the Jobs & Internships page of this website. Resumes may be submitted for consideration and will be kept on file.