Court 13 Arts is a New Orleans-based nonprofit arts engine whose mission is to support the creation of adventurous art that inspires the public.
Court 13 began as a small crew of friends – filmmakers, artists, craftspeople, and builders – who were drawn to Louisiana. We had a goal to make a new kind of movie, one crafted from collaboration. The four-time Academy Award nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild was the result of those labors. Beasts was successful because we met new people (a baker, musicians, fishermen, children) and together worked to create something beautiful. Court 13 Arts is our big effort to expand this process, to include ever more and different people.
In 2015, we founded Court 13 Arts—a New Orleans-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization—to serve as an incubator for art and filmmaking rooted in unique collaborations, social inclusion, recycling materials, and education. By providing shop and exhibition space, recycled materials and supportive capital we can address the practical and creative needs of community-based art year-round.