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The Art of Philanthropy: Whitney White Linen Night

August 8, 2016
Gary Lorio
Gary Lorio

Started in 1994 by the New Orleans Arts District and Julia Street art gallery owners as part of the revitalization of the Warehouse District after the 1984 World’s Fair, Whitney White Linen Night has become one of the premiere fundraising events of the summer in the Big Easy.

 2016 Whitney White Linen Night

Supporting The Arts In Our Communities

Whitney Bank partners with the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) to produce Whitney White Linen Night to raise funds for the CAC's year-round programming in visual arts, performing arts and arts education. The highlight of the evening is the Julia Street Block Party, where over 20 art galleries and museums open their doors to patrons who can view and purchase works by the city’s most notable contemporary artists.


“White Linen” is a nod to New Orleans’ historic past in the days before air conditioning, when apparel made from the lightweight fabric from Ireland became the ubiquitous wardrobe choice of city dwellers during the hot summer months.


This year marked the 22nd year of the event and launched the Contemporary Art Center’s landmark 40th season. In 1976, a group of passionate local artists decided to start an artist-run, artist-driven community organization in the city’s burgeoning arts district. Through the years, the CAC has grown to meet the needs of a diverse and vibrant artist community.


All forms of the arts – visual art, music, dance, theatre – are vital to the quality of life in our communities. Arts organizations are drivers of local economies; they provide jobs, enrich local merchants and drive tourism.


Whitney Bank is honored to have sponsored White Linen Night for the past 16 years, and proud to support the CAC and the important role it plays in the cultural life of New Orleans.