St. Claude Arts

When Arlene Meraux founded the Arlene and Joseph Meraux Charitable Foundation, she asked her niece Rita to manage it with a simple guiding principle: to ensure that the land resources that Arlene transferred to the Foundation would be used to improve the quality of life in St. Bernard.

To advance this mission, the Meraux Foundation has partnered with St. Claude Arts the artistic team of Erica and Mitchell Gaudet, to develop a two block stretch of vacant and underused properties along St. Claude Avenue into St. Claude Arts, an “art campus” that will include studios, galleries, artist residences, and a theatre.

The Meraux Foundation has assembled the properties as a public interest project to accelerate the growth of the Old Arabi Cultural District. These properties are being leased to St. Claude Arts, which will operate the properties sublease spaces to artists of all types to populate the campus.

Borrowing from creative placemaking approaches, the project will leverage arts and culture as a driver for economic development and enhanced livability in the parish. St. Claude Arts will create a new destination for current residents and visitors, attract new homeowners, and increase commerce in St. Bernard.

June 29, 2021 Meraux Foundation Commissions Murals in Old Arabi Cultural District
April 7, 2021 Meraux Foundation Commits $250K to Community Center of St. Bernard
January 29, 2021 Meraux Foundation Dedicates “Lena Randazzo Torres Farmhouse” on Namesake’s 100th Birthday
December 20, 2020 Meraux Foundation Celebrates Collaboration on Coast, Reggio Marsh Project Approval
December 14, 2020 Meraux Foundation Announces Year-End Grant Awards
November 4, 2020 Meraux Foundation Donates $50K to Family Violence Program of St. Bernard