The National Conference of Artists is devoted to the preservation, promotion, and furtherance of African and African American culture, and the creative forces of the artists that emanate from the African World experience. The NCA proudly proclaims its existence as the oldest African American visual arts advocacy organization in the United States. Its members include artists, educators, scholars, exhibitors, art distributors, art collectors, and supporters of African and African American art and culture. The New Orleans Chapter of the National Conference of Artists, chartered in 1991, conforms to the goals and guidelines of the parent organization. NONCA has been at the vanguard of progressive cultural enlightenment by providing economic development, exposure, and acknowledgment for the arts and artists. NONCA has hosted national conventions, annual awards programs, mini conferences, art exhibitions, and art advocacy events.
DAILY CONVENTION ACTIVITIES:
Thursday, March 28th
This day’s activities are designed for high school and undergraduate college student. Activities will introduce students to college undergraduate and graduate visual arts recruiters, professional artists, and gallery owners. A feature of this day is the luncheon with keynote speaker. Conventioneers will attend a meet-and-greet activity with New Orleans hosts, the NCA Board, and supporters.
Friday, March 29th
His is the first full day for traditional convention activities with the opening ceremony, workshops and panel discussions, keynote speaker Dr. David Driskell, and evening visits to art galleries.
Saturday, March 30th
The convention’s last day begins with a NCA business meeting followed by breakout sessions and an awards luncheon. Participants will have the afternoon to participate in workshops at Xavier University or have free time for optional activities. The conventioneers will have afternoon visits to art galleries.
- Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Driskell
- Dr. Margaret Taylor Gross Burroughs: Remembering Louisiana’s Hometown Woman and NCA’s Founder
- Tribute to Willis Bing Davis
- Scholarly Art Presentations
- Remembering NCA Ancestors: 2001-2018
- NCA History and Revitalization
- New Orleans HBCUs Featured: Southern at New Orleans and Xavier University
- You can network with artists and art educators from around the United States.
- Attendees will sightsee in New Orleans, the “Most Africanized City” in the U.S.
New Orleans is an art-rich city and a combination of eight museums and galleries will display artwork for National Conference of Artists members. The student, general, and masters’ exhibitions will be shown at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, The McKenna Museums, Stella Jones Gallery, The Building Gallery, Southern University at New Orleans, or Xavier University.
The exhibition application deadline is February 23, 2019. Accepted artists will receive notification by March 2nd. The exhibitions are competitive invitational based on the artwork fitting the convention theme: Standing in Times of Challenge and Change. Exhibition participants are responsible for getting their artwork to exhibition sites and its return. Exhibition applications can be accessed at - http://www.smartentry.com/CallsForEntry, nonce.org, or via email request at ncaneworleans.
New Orleans Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome
330 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112
The following net rates are applicable for the NCA 2019 Convention: Single-Quad standard occupancy for rooms is $149.00 per room, per night. All rates are based on a two (2) night minimum stay and subject to the prevailing city and state taxes. Currently, taxes total 15.20% + $1 occupancy charge per room, per night and are subject to change.
Individual call-in reservations must be guaranteed by a credit card. For those persons arriving early or staying additional nights not specified (before March 27 and after March 31), guest rooms are based on availability. If additional rooms are needed, the group rate may not apply. Rates will be reevaluated at the time of request. Reservations received after Wednesday, February 27, 2019 will be provided on a space available basis at prevailing rates. Therefore, reservations should be made before February 27th.
Guest room reservations are to be made by individually calling 800-535-7830 toll free or 504-581-1600 and requesting the group NCA 2019 Convention rate. Reservations can also be made by visiting http://www.hi-neworleans.com and typing in the group code.
To make reservations - 800-535-7830 toll free or 504-581-1600 and get convention group rates by asking for the NCA 2019 Convention rate or http://www.hi-neworleans.com/ and type in the group code: NCA 2019 Convention
We strongly encourage individuals and groups to book their hotel room(s) immediately.
Go to the Website "Store" link to pay registration fees.
Art exhibitions applications are at http://www.smarterentry.com/CallForEntry or http://www.smarterentry.com/CallForEntry (scroll to the appropriate NCA logo).