Our Town

National Trust for Historic Preservation (Washington, DC)

New Iberia, Louisiana





The beautiful and elegant Shadows-on-the-Teche. Photo courtesy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The NEA grant will support Art and Shadows, a series of music and visual arts residencies at Shadows-on-the-Teche in New Iberia, Louisiana. Project activities will include artist selection and a series of compositions, rehearsals, performances, and installations at the historic site and in nontraditional spaces along Bayou Teche and throughout New Iberia.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation's local partners include Shadows-on-the-Teche, the City of New Iberia Mayor's Office and Main Street Program, and artistic advisors including installation artist Rebecca Keller, photographer Herman Mhire, and jazz musician Dwalyn Jackson. The residencies are part of a pilot program that will demonstrate the role of artists and arts programming in the interpretation of historic sites as catalysts for community and economic development. The project is expected to benefit the regional arts community, visitors to Shadows-on-the-Teche, and the 30,683 residents of New Iberia. Built between 1831 and 1834, Shadows-on-the-Teche is a National Historic Landmark that includes a former plantation home and a lushly landscaped site at the heart of New Iberia's historic commercial district.