Thursday, December 14, 2006

Arts Council of New Orleans Announces $440,000 in Grants

to Launch

Contact: Robbie Denny of the Arts Council of New Orleans, or 504-571-1833

NEW ORLEANS, Dec. 14 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Arts Council of New Orleans announced today that it will implement a new online marketing tool and half-price e- mail ticket program to increase attendance for New Orleans cultural organizations. The goal is to make the arts more affordable and accessible for New Orleans' residents and visitors.

The program is being made possible by a grant of $392,000 from The Pew Charitable Trusts and $48,000 from the William Penn Foundation, both provided to the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. The Cultural Alliance will work with the Arts Council of New Orleans (ACNO) to create and launch an online regional events calendar,, and FunSavers, a weekly half-price ticket program. is scheduled to launch in spring 2007, followed by the launch of the FunSavers program shortly thereafter.

"Because cultural organizations and the public are increasingly depending on the internet to access information, and the FunSavers program will offer a quick and efficient way to communicate with our audiences," said Shirley Corey, president and CEO of the Arts Council of New Orleans."

For more information on the project and participating organizations, please visit

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