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.

October 30, 2019 Meraux Foundation Presents Bayou Road Balloon Festival
October 21, 2019 International Economic Development Council Honors Meraux Foundation President Rita Gue
June 25, 2019 Meraux Foundation Supports Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
June 22, 2019 Meraux Foundation’s 5th Annual Delta Institute Goes Global
June 21, 2019 Meraux Foundation Supports the Louisiana State Troopers Association
June 13, 2019 WYES Presents President’s Award to the Meraux Foundation