The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council plays the role of guide, facilitator, and catalyst, promoting and expanding cultural awareness. Establishing positive relationships with the business community, tourism industry, and government agencies, the Council serves as a cultural liaison to develop new opportunities and partnerships and for these efforts was awarded the 2001 Governor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Large Arts Organization in the state of Louisiana. Governed by a twenty-one member Board of Directors with expertise in all walks of life and under the leadership of the Executive Committee and the Professional Staff, the Arts Council provides leadership in the Arts for our culturally rich and diverse region.
Staying abreast of current legislation affecting the Arts through its association with
Through the Decentralized Arts Funding Program, the Council under the guidance of the Community Vice President gathers information about individual Parish perceptions and cultural needs. Following these annual assessments, programming is secured to fulfill these specific community demands. The Arts Council, through our Arts Coordinating Committee, comprised of Presidents and Executive Directors of major Ouachita Parish Arts institutions, CAAB, RUPAR and Arts proponents from the 10 rural parishes, provides a forum for networking opportunities throughout Region 8.
Saint Joseph Orchestra performs
at Arlington in Lake Providence.
Through this collaborative structure of developed rural groups and emerging groups and by providing some funding assistance, we have succeeded in providing residents with top quality multi-discipline events that have effected the development of local support, while allowing each member to maintain its own identity and mission. RUPAR members include the Schepis Museum, The Princess Theatre, Saint Joseph Arts, Inc., Madison Historical Society, Doorway to Louisiana, West Carroll Parish Library, Richland Arts Council, The Rose Theatre, Snyder Museum, Union Arts Council, Bernice Historical Society, Jackson Heritage Museum, Jackson Parish Library with the Arts Council and the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Museum serving as the Ouachita Parish presenter.
Such renown groups as the Vienna Choir Boys, The Paramount Brass, Alison Brown Quartet, Freddy Cole Quartet, Wood & Strings Puppet Theatre, Canadian artists Joe Trio, Bending the Bows and Ebony & Ivory and Russian pianist Vladimir Zaitsev have performed at nontraditional venues such as churches, gymnasiums and on lawns in some of the smallest towns in our region assisted by grants from Southern Arts Federation and Louisiana Division of the Arts and numerous foundations whose philanthropic mission includes enhancing education and quality of life in rural areas. Because of their immense popularity, regional artists such as harpsichordist John Paul, Shreveport Opera eXpress (SOX) and The Louisiana Trio have made numerous tours through the region.
A sense of accomplishment and pride in community has manifested itself in our rural parishes; they are making things happen with the Arts Council’s assistance rather than the Arts Council making it happen for them with their assistance.
Community Arts Advisory Board