The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation has awarded $45,585 in grants to 21 cultural entrepreneurs, money that will be used for everything from establishing a line of exercise DVDs set to zydeco music to setting up an app to keep track of filming locations in New Orleans.

The foundation, a nonprofit organization set up after hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 to enhance cultural industries, recently announced the grant recipients, most of them in New Orleans.

The LCF chose the grant recipients out of 157 entries for the funds, which come from mainly corporate, nonprofit and government agency donors.

“Cultural workers in Louisiana are reaching out to LCEF and we are proud to be a resource for them,” Lisa Picone, economic opportunity fund director, said in a statement.

According to a 2011 survey done by the University of New Orleans, 87 percent of grant recipients reported an increase in income or revenue as a result of their grants. The study said while the average grant has been less than $2,500, the average income generated as a result of the award is $7,400.

Here is a list of the grant award winners and what they plan to do with the money:

Baton Rouge and Lafayette area

  • Diego Rodriguez Delfino of Baton Rouge: $2,500 to create a portfolio marketing himself as a film composer who uses virtual instruments.
  • Annette Aucoin of Lafayette: $1,900 for equipment to build a free-standing sculptures.
  • Vermilion Living History Museum of Lafayette: $2,500 to develop an app of audio walking tours in English and French.
  • Tyra Olivier-James of Iberia Parish: $2,500 to create an exercise DVD set to zydeco music.

New Orleans and Northshore area

  • Community Records of New Orleans: $1,700 that will go toward a van that runs on vegetable oil.
  • Donovan Fannon of New Orleans: $2,500 for cameras to shoot live music and cultural events.
  • Douriean Fletcher of New Orleans: $1,100 for jewelry-making equipment.
  • April Hamm of New Orleans: $2,500 to develop animated electronic greeting cards with music and images reflecting African heritage.
  • Christopher Kirsch of New Orleans: $2,400 for etching equipment that will help establish a print studio.
  • Karen Konnerth of New Orleans: $2,000 for digital drawing tools that will be used to write and illustrate children’s books.
  • Ross Lunz of New Orleans: $1,500 to design and build found object stools and chairs.
  • Marion Cage LLC of New Orleans: $2,000 for initial prototypes for Marion Cage Architectural Hardware.
  • Bonnie Miller of New Orleans: $2,500 to buy jewelry casting equipment.
  • Brian Nelson of New Orleans: $2,000 to duplicate the award-winning short film “Keeper of the Flame” and pitch it for development as a full-length feature
  • New Orleans Community Printshop: $2,500 for supplies and maintenance for offset lithography press.
  • Erin Walters-Bugbee of New Orleans: $2,500 to develop an app for the film industry that supports information about local filming locations, such as shoot history and contact information.
  • LaFleur ARTs LLC of St. Tammany: $2,000 for a book on, requested by Cancer Centers of America.


  • Karen Wallsten of Tangipahoa Parish: $2,485 for a demo package and app to promote an animated e-book aimed at children.
  • Kevin Brown of Terrebonne Parish: $2,500 for specialized equipment for his ornamental ironwork business.
  • The Midden Heap Press LLC of Calcasieu Parish: $2,000 for a series of collages based on “Finnegan’s Wake.”
  • Saint Joseph Arts Inc of Tensas Parish: $2,000 to add a community theater to its cultural programming.