Rivertown Arts Council

The establishment of the Rivertown Arts Council comes on the heels of the exciting news that state officials have designated Rivertown as one of just 36 Main Street communities in Louisiana. This designation makes multiple state and federal resources available, including training materials and expertise to guide the continued growth of the historic district.

One of the main goals of an Arts Council would be to set up an Artist Co-op at Exhibition Hall in Rivertown. A co-op of artists would not only operate an arts market but also could hold workshops and other events to promote the arts.

Members of an Artist’s Co-op will be able to take advantage of the Cultural District status recently awarded to Rivertown by state officials. That allows artists within the district to sell their artwork tax-free.

Establishing the Rivertown Arts Council is another step toward emphasizing the arts in Rivertown. The vision is a community for people looking for artwork for their homes and businesses. 

Anyone who is an artist, art teacher or has a significant connection to the arts can apply for a spot on the Arts Council. Nomination packets are available online by clicking the link below and require a resume, CV and a brief statement explaining the individual’s interest in joining the council. The nomination period ends April 21.

The nominations will be narrowed to the top 20 candidates by a committee that includes Yenni, the council member from District 1, a member of the Planning Department and a member of the Arts Council of New Orleans.

Mayor Yenni will make the final decision and the Arts Council will be officially recognized by the City Council as an authorized city commission.

The Arts Councl is a piece of the puzzle that will eventually result in a vibrant Rivertown where people can go to buy art, stop by a satellite state Motor Vehicle office, have a great meal and enjoy top quality theater or a comedy show.

Nominations to the Rivertown Arts Council can be emailed to rivertownartscouncil@gmail.com or delivered in person at the City of Kenner Planning Department, City Hall Building D, 1610 Reverend Richard Wilson Drive.

For more information, contact Mike Ince with the Kenner Planning and Zoning Department, 468-7280. To learn more about Rivertown’s new designation as a Main Street Community, go to www.kenner.la.us.

Downloadable Rivertown Arts Council Application