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Friday, November 14, 2014

This week (88 years ago) the first brick was laid for the beautiful building that we call home.
From The Bossier Banner November 13th, 1926-
" The Masonic Grand Lodge of Louisiana laid the corner stone of the new $50,000 Bossier City Municipal Hall on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the afternoon in the presense of several hundred citizens. J. Paul Haller Grand Master introduced the speakers. Mayor L.E. Thomas of Shreveport made the principal address. Mayor Tom Hickman of Bossier made a short talk."
There was even a parade!!!
Happy Birthday to our building and many more years of serving the community with your beautiful architecture.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Art Moves @ Landers Fiat



Bossier Arts Council to host Photography Workshop

On Sunday, September 28th  at the Bossier Arts Council, we will be having an exciting photography workshop, led by Andy Bloxham. Over the course of the day, we will be discussing what makes compelling imagery, working at a team on creative brainstorming techniques, coming up with an idea, and then figuring out how we'll ever make such an image. 

We will be on-location using strobe lights, speed lights, natural lighting, and both conventional and unique modifiers as we work with our subjects to construct a photo set and work through the story we are aiming for. 

It's a complete sense of discovery and problem solving, every time a new image is approached. Afterwards, we will reconvene at Bossier Arts Council and via a hands-on lesson, walk through the post-production stages of assembling the final image. We will be discussing file preparation, masking and compositing, color theory, and more.

Some of the key issues addressed during this workshop is the why and how... why are characters motivated in the frame? What gets us to the point of photography? Through lighting, how do we transform an environment? What considerations do we make during the time of capture, in regards to how it will be post-produced? Finally, in the computer, after we have all of these pieces of a photograph, how do we put it all together?

For the software demo, it's encouraged to have a laptop with Photoshop on it. We will be using a Canon Mark III for image capture. If you're not sure whether your version of Photoshop can read these files, install DNG Converter installed on your computer to ensure compatibility.

The event is $200. Signups are available either at the door or through


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Digital about "DIGI"

In today's society it seems like almost anyone or anything can be accessed at the click of a button and a scroll of a screen. While technology has evolved and reshaped the way we communicate, DigiFest South is a demonstration of how modern society has changed for the better. DigiFest South is an annual digital arts festival and interactive tech expo that celebrates how digital technology combined with artistic creativity has helped our modern society.

    Remember Bill Nye the Science guy? He was my only saving grace in 6th grade Science class. Usually I would doodle the days away, but on the rare occasion we got to watch a Bill Nye video I would be glued to the tv literally absorbing the material. Why? Because Bill made it fun, he conducted hands on demonstrations and used cool colors and effects.

Things have gotten much cooler and much more hands- on since then. You don't want to miss DigiFest South, it is something that will truly blow you, your kids, or even your fifteen year old nephew who never puts down an X-Box controller away.
You can stay informed and up to date with DigiFest South by visiting our website www.digifestsouth.com, but you can also follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and Facebook.

Check out the 2014 DigiFest South Schedule of Events, then tweet or tag us about the things your most excited about this year !

Instagram & Twitter
 - @digifestsouth
Facebook
Digifest South
YouTube
- DigiFest South




Friday, August 15, 2014

Call for Artists: It's the time Digifest South Digital Art Contest


It's the time of the year where Bossier Arts Council begins doing all things "Digi" in preparation for Digifest South. Like last year, we will be hosting our Digital Art Competition. From now until September 3rd we will be accepting entries in 8 different categories.
To liven things up even more, PandaBit has kindly donated an iPad Air as a prize for "Best In Show". Anyone can submit an entry as long as it meets the category requirements. To find out more about the Digital Art Contest, visit the Digifest South website, Art Contest page. You can also download the registration form and view the rules.

We are so excited to see what kind of talent this year's Digifest South will bring!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Thinking Outside the Box

Innovation is about creating fresh ideas. Using the science, math, and technological components of knowledge and incorporating them with artistic creativity is what makes products like Apple so awesome. Steve Jobs is one of many STEAM Superstars- who are other people that you know of that have creative abilities and strong technical skills?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A is for Albert, STEM to STEAM



 


          Once upon a time not long ago I was a High School Student. Baffled each year by the difficult decision on what courses to take, and what electives would be most appealing. If I took Art or Shakespeare Theatre, than I would not be able to take Probability and Statistics. Each year it was a battle between what I loved and what I thought would be better preparation for college. Those days are soon becoming a thing of the past. Students are no longer having to choose between Science and Art, or Math and Photography, but rather encouraged to pursue both while simultaneously developing an educational connection between the two.
               The conversion of STEM to STEAM is not to minimize mathematics in order to make room for art,
but rather introducing the subjects in an applied environment which can be motivational for learners. A resolution made by the U.S House of Representatives in an effort to convert STEM to STEAM explains the benefits of adding the “A” to STEM "...Whereas...artists and designers can effectively communicate complex data and scientific information; the tools and methods of design offer new models for creative problem-solving and interdisciplinary partnerships in a changing world.". US House of Rep. 51

     Consider Albert Einstein, one of the greatest and most brilliant minds ever born. What set him apart from other scientists was his ability to combine his knowledge
with his imagination. Einstein used both his knowledge and imagination to see the relationship between time, space, and energy. By combining essential elements from each side of the brain he was able to make unfathomable discoveries.
 
 

Steam, or a hazy mist is technically defined as "a slight obscuration of the lower atmosphere, typically caused by fine suspended particles", and that is exactly what the addition of “A” is doing to STEM. It is fogging things up a bit, challenging traditional scientific and mathematical approaches and allowing creativity to inspire a reformed way of future innovation and learning.

#digifestsouth #STEAM #bossierarts #artseducation

Posted by: Katie Lejeune

Thursday, June 26, 2014

DigiFest South: "DigiPitch" - Bigger & Better


DigiFest South turns up DigiPitch to a whole new level. Up until now there has never been an opportunity to refine and improve a pitch before presenting it. In August, DigiFest South will host a Preliminary Pitching Event at Bossier Arts Council.
There will be two workshop days in which entrepreneurs are given access to business professionals from all areas of commerce. The last day, August 22, will be like a trial pitch before entrepreneurs present at DigiFest South in September.

            Being able to summarize distinctive aspects of your service or product in a manner that is interesting to others should be a necessary skill in business. It's one of the most effective approaches available to influence both new consumers and clients. Now budding entrepreneurs will have access to tips, feedback, and guidance on establishing the perfect pitch for their product or business. The experience will be both enriching and educational. It is truly something we, here at Bossier Arts Council, are looking forward to hosting. It is something budding entrepreneurs don’t want to miss out on.  You never know who you may run into in an elevator so why not be prepared with your pitch?

If you would like to request additional information on being a part of the G60 Elevator Pitching Event contact 318-741-8310, or email Katie@bossierarts.org. To find out about DigiPitch please visit http://digifestsouth.com/digipitch.

@ Gallery Fine Art Center

BAC's Gallery Fine Art Center  will presents the art of Nicole Duet and Carola Nix during the months of May-July. The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12-5pm. The Gallery Fine Art Center is sponsored in part by contributions from Meredith Hamrick, Ken & Sharon McGivney, Marcy Everett, and Airline Plaza. More information click here.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

@ Emerging Artist Gallery

The Bossier Arts Council is proud to announce that during the months of June-July they will be exhibiting the work of Chris Opp in their Emerging Artist Gallery located at the Arts Council (630 Barksdale Blvd). The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11-5pm. 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Saturday Speaker Series

  
The Bossier Arts Council is happy to announce the June Saturday Speaker Series program featuring Priscillia A. Productionz on Saturday, June 28th from 1-3pm at the  Gallery Fine Art Center (2151 Airline Dr., Bossier City).  
This month topic will be about the societal taboo subject of HIV and AIDS. Our guest speaker is utilizing the art form of screen writing and film making to explore the emotional aspects of the disease and inform the general public about statistics and current facts. She will be sharing her experiences as a writer and film maker with the general public. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

@ East Bank Gallery

 
The Bossier Arts Council is thrilled to announce an exhibition featuring the work of theLouisiana Society of Animal Artists that will be on exhibit at their East Bank Gallery(630 Barksdale Blvd) throughout the months of June & July. The Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Upcoming Class

Artist One Stop Class: How to apply for a show?

This class will focus on finding and submitting to exhibition inside and outside of your area. Key areas of focus will include search databases, preparing a digital packet, and some suggestions on how to research jurors.

All classes are free with a Bossier Arts Council Membership $25. Memberships are good for 12 months from the date paid. Classes are held in the Artist One Stop at BAC (630 Barksdale Blvd.) Call 318-741-8310 or email Leigh Anne at leigh@bossierarts.org today to register. The One Stop is sponsored in part by the generous donation of Marcy Everett and ANECA Federal Credit Union.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

@ Gallery Fine Art Center

BAC's Gallery Fine Art Center  will presents the art of Nicole Duet and Carola Nix during the months of May-July. The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12-5pm. The Gallery Fine Art Center is sponsored in part by contributions from Meredith Hamrick, Ken & Sharon McGivney, Marcy Everett, and Airline Plaza. More information click here.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

ANECA FCU SWAGGER BOOST MUSIC VIDEO

@ Emerging Artist Gallery

The Bossier Arts Council is proud to announce that during the months of June-July they will be exhibiting the work of Chris Opp in their Emerging Artist Gallery located at the Arts Council (630 Barksdale Blvd). The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11-5pm and the artist will be available for questions on Saturday,June 14th between the hours of 
2-4pm

Monday, June 16, 2014

@ East Bank Gallery

 
The Bossier Arts Council is thrilled to announce an exhibition featuring the work of theLouisiana Society of Animal Artists that will be on exhibit at their East Bank Gallery (630 Barksdale Blvd) throughout the months of June & July. The Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm. A reception honoring the artists will be held on Saturday, June 14th from 2-4pm

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Senior Stars Update

The Bossier Arts Council has partnered with the Company Repertory Theatre
to revive Senior Stars!  Theatre for seniors by seniors!  This past week they performed a very entertaining readers theatre at Horizon Bay Retirement Living. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Stop on by

 @ Gallery Fine Art Center  
BAC's Gallery Fine Art Center  will presents the art of Nicole Duet and Carola Nix during the months of May-July. A reception is slated for Tuesday, May 20th.  The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12-5pm. The Gallery Fine Art Center is sponsored in part by contributions from Meredith Hamrick, Ken & Sharon McGivney, Marcy Everett, and Airline Plaza. More information click here.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Meet our Friend!

Thanks to Kathleen Pate we have a new zookeeper for our Metal Art Zoo!! Come by (across the street from the Arts Council, 630 Barksdale Blvd.) and say "hi" to our new neighbor!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Stop By

@ Emerging Arts Gallery
The Bossier Arts Council is proud to announce that during the months of June-July they will be exhibiting the work of Chris Opp in their Emerging Artist Gallery located at the Arts Council (630 Barksdale Blvd). The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11-5pm and the artist will be available for questions on Saturday,June 14th between the hours of 
2-4pm

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Easy Give

Project Art Supplies received this call for help today and so we are sharing it with all of you. 
"Our program is for sixty K-5th grade students who have been classified under the McKinney Vento Homeless program. These are students who live in shelters, hotels, camp grounds, with other family members as well as foster children. We provide this three week hands on learning experienceand cover topics such as Space, Human Anatomy, and the Animal Kingdom and ecosystems. The supplies we have requested assistance with will be used in our lessons and activities that are led by Bossier Parish teachers.

We could use glue, paper towels, acrylic paint, paint brushes of all sizes, smocks/aprons, Styrofoam balls, sculpting wire, air-dry clay, and oil pastels."
Jacqui Impson 
Homeless/Migrant Liaison
Bossier Parish School Board
Resource Center

Please drop off supplies to the Bossier Arts Council and we will see that this very worthy cause gets them!!

Monday, June 9, 2014

East Bank Theatre

Coming Soon to the East Bank Theatre
 
All Y'all, a Shreveport-based podcast created and hosted by Sara Hebert and Chris Jay, will host a night of live storytelling at the Bossier Arts Council's East Bank Theatre, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 14. The night will feature local storytellers sharing true stories told live without notes in front of a studio audience. All stories told at this edition of the live event will touch upon the evening's theme, "Mistakes Were Made."Admission is $10 and advance ticket purchase is recommended. There will be musical interludes throughout the evening.
 

Event organizers are currently exploring the community in search of stories that involve huge errors, happy accidents, wrong turns and unforeseeable consequences. For more information or topurchase tickets, visit www.allyallblog.com.

Most importantly, there will be snacks at intermission and a cash bar provided by Thrifty Liquor will be available for guests aged 21 or older.

Some stories may contain adult language or references.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Check out this Exhibit

@ East Bank Gallery
 
The Bossier Arts Council is thrilled to announce an exhibition featuring the work of theLouisiana Society of Animal Artists that will be on exhibit at their East Bank Gallery (630 Barksdale Blvd) throughout the months of June & July. The Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm. A reception honoring the artists will be held on Saturday, June 14th from 2-4pm

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Class Today!!

One Stop Class Saturday
 
Organization is just as necessary as creativity! Learn how to use Excel
to keep track of all your brilliant work. It will come in handy when managing your inventory, applying to shows, and for tracking sales!!

All classes are free with a Bossier Arts Council Membership $25. Memberships are good for 12 months from the date paid. Classes are held in the Artist One Stop at BAC (630 Barksdale Blvd.) Call 318-741-8310 or email Leigh Anne at leigh@bossierarts.org today to register. The One Stop is sponsored in part by the generous donation of Marcy Everett and ANECA Federal Credit Union.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Project Art Supplies

Project Art Supplies received this call for help today and so we are sharing it with all of you.
"Our program is for sixty K-5th grade students who have been classified under the McKinney Vento Homeless program. These are students who live in shelters, hotels, camp grounds, with other family members as well as foster children. We provide this three week hands on learning experienceand cover topics such as Space, Human Anatomy, and the Animal Kingdom and ecosystems. The supplies we have requested assistance with will be used in our lessons and activities that are led by Bossier Parish teachers.

We could use glue, paper towels, acrylic paint, paint brushes of all sizes, smocks/aprons, Styrofoam balls, sculpting wire, air-dry clay, and oil pastels."
Jacqui Impson 
Homeless/Migrant Liaison
Bossier Parish School Board
Resource Center

Please drop off supplies to the Bossier Arts Council and we will see that this very worthy cause gets them!!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

@ GFAC

BAC's Gallery Fine Art Center  will presents the art of Nicole Duet and Carola Nix during the months of May-July. A reception is slated for Tuesday, May 20th.  The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12-5pm. The Gallery Fine Art Center is sponsored in part by contributions from Meredith Hamrick, Ken & Sharon McGivney, Marcy Everett, and Airline Plaza. More information click here.
 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

DAF Grants

  
.Bossier City, LA- The Bossier Arts Council announced today that DAF grant applicationsare now available at www.bossierarts.org.  The Louisiana Decentralized Arts Fund Program (DAF), initiated in 1995, makes the arts available in every parish in the State of Louisiana by providing grant funding for artists, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and local government agencies.  Applications can be submitted by an Bossier Parish organization or resident that meets the qualifications of an Arts Activity.  All applications will be due Thursday, May 29th.   For more information call 318-741-8310 or email Leigh Anne Chambers at leigh@bossierarts.org.
 
The Louisiana Division of the Arts in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council is the catalyst for participation, education, development, and promotion of excellence in the arts by overseeing the DAF program and implementing plans of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor's Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Artist One Stop Class

 
Build/Update Your Website: (Saturday, May 31st, 1pm-3pm) A strong digital presence is a MUST in todays world. BAC's staff is here to help you either create or update your website. This working class will be dedicated to uploading current images, artist statement, biography, and resume. If you are creating your website we will be utilizing Wordpress.
 
All classes are free with a Bossier Arts Council Membership $25. Memberships are good for 12 months from the date paid. Classes are held in the Artist One Stop at BAC (630 Barksdale Blvd.) Call 318-741-8310 or email Leigh Anne at leigh@bossierarts.org today to register. The One Stop is sponsored in part by the generous donation of Marcy Everett and ANECA Federal Credit Union

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Don't miss it!!!

@ East Bank Gallery
 
The Bossier Arts Council is thrilled to announce an exhibition featuring three local artists Sarah Brinson Kennedy, Rod Talbot, and Ashley Wachal in their East Bank Gallery.Each artist has a very distinct and unique style but all inspire a sense of Louisiana with their work. The work will be on display April 1st thru May 30th.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

See it while you can!!!

@ Emerging Arts Gallery
The Bossier Arts Council is proud to announce that during the months of April-May
they will be exhibiting the work of Lisandra Di Liberto in their Emerging Artist Gallery located at the Arts Council (630 Barksdale Blvd).

Friday, May 23, 2014

Help is Needed!!!

Project Art Supply Need
Project Art Supplies received this call for help today and so we are sharing it with all of you.
"Our program is for sixty K-5th grade students who have been classified under the McKinney Vento Homeless program. These are students who live in shelters, hotels, camp grounds, with other family members as well as foster children. We provide this three week hands on learning experienceand cover topics such as Space, Human Anatomy, and the Animal Kingdom and ecosystems. The supplies we have requested assistance with will be used in our lessons and activities that are led by Bossier Parish teachers.

We could use glue, paper towels, acrylic paint, paint brushes of all sizes, smocks/aprons, Styrofoam balls, sculpting wire, air-dry clay, and oil pastels."
Jacqui Impson 
Homeless/Migrant Liaison
Bossier Parish School Board
Resource Center

Please drop off supplies to the Bossier Arts Council and we will see that this very worthy cause gets them!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Get Your GRants

DAF Grants Available
  
Bossier City, LA- The Bossier Arts Council announced today that DAF grant applicationsare now available at www.bossierarts.org.  The Louisiana Decentralized Arts Fund Program (DAF), initiated in 1995, makes the arts available in every parish in the State of Louisiana by providing grant funding for artists, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and local government agencies.  Applications can be submitted by an Bossier Parish organization or resident that meets the qualifications of an Arts Activity.  All applications will be due Thursday, May 29th.   For more information call 318-741-8310 or email Leigh Anne Chambers at leigh@bossierarts.org.
 
The Louisiana Division of the Arts in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council is the catalyst for participation, education, development, and promotion of excellence in the arts by overseeing the DAF program and implementing plans of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor's Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Reception Tonight!!!

Reception Tuesday @ Gallery Fine Art Center  
BAC's Gallery Fine Art Center  will presents the art of Nicole Duet and Carola Nix during the months of May-July. A reception is slated for Tuesday, May 20th.  The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12-5pm. The Gallery Fine Art Center is sponsored in part by contributions from Meredith Hamrick, Ken & Sharon McGivney, Marcy Everett, and Airline Plaza. More information click here.

Monday, May 19, 2014

@ Emerging Artist Gallery

The Bossier Arts Council is proud to announce that during the months of April-May
they will be exhibiting the work of Lisandra Di Liberto in their Emerging Artist Gallery located at the Arts Council (630 Barksdale Blvd).

Sign Up Today!!!

Still Space in the Comedy Classes 
 

Comedian Kristen Becker (Last Comic Standing, Doin' Time Comedy Showcase, Loyola College Prep Alumni) Is announcing a brand NEW stand-up comedy course, designed to teach industry basics to those interested in pursuing comedy as a career or as a fun way to develop public speaking skills.  ecker recently returned from a cross-country stand-up tour and is a working professional. She has been formally trained at the Humber School of Comedy, in Toronto, which boasts an impressive list of cohorts (Eugene Levy, Colin Mochrie and a few Kids In The Hall have sat on the Board of Directors) and professors (Robin Duke, of SNL fame, is one of many).

Classes will include the basics of joke writing and performance, as well as introduction to the business of marketing yourself as a performer. The course will run three weeks, on Tuesday evenings, beginning May 13th and will include three 2-hour classes and a private one-on-one session for each student, culminating in a Graduation show! Classes will be held at The Annex, at the Bossier Arts Council.

Class cost $150with a $50 deposit due at registration, balance due by the second week of class. For more information visit http://kristenbecker.com/comedy-classes/.  

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Congratulations to our Members

 
BAC Member Chris Opp has been busy around the City of Bossier installing his recently completed "Welcome to Bossier City" signs.  Two out of the five were installed this week.  Great job Chris making our City more art filled.
 
BAC Member Susan Duke currently has work on display at the City Art Works in Minden, Louisiana.  The show titled "Remembered Places: Journey of my Mind" is curently on display.  To learn more please click here.
 
Want us to brag on you?  Please email Leigh Anne Chambers an image and a short write up at leigh@bossierarts.org.   

Saturday, May 17, 2014

@ East Bank

 
The Bossier Arts Council is thrilled to announce an exhibition featuring three local artists Sarah Brinson Kennedy, Rod Talbot, and Ashley Wachal in their East Bank Gallery.Each artist has a very distinct and unique style but all inspire a sense of Louisiana with their work. The work will be on display April 1st thru May 30th.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Project Art Supply Needs Your Help!!

Project Art Supplies received this call for help today and so we are sharing it with all of you.
"Our program is for sixty K-5th grade students who have been classified under the McKinney Vento Homeless program. These are students who live in shelters, hotels, camp grounds, with other family members as well as foster children. We provide this three week hands on learning experienceand cover topics such as Space, Human Anatomy, and the Animal Kingdom and ecosystems. The supplies we have requested assistance with will be used in our lessons and activities that are led by Bossier Parish teachers.

We could use glue, paper towels, acrylic paint, paint brushes of all sizes, smocks/aprons, Styrofoam balls, sculpting wire, air-dry clay, and oil pastels."
Jacqui Impson 
Homeless/Migrant Liaison
Bossier Parish School Board
Resource Center

Please drop off supplies to the Bossier Arts Council and we will see that this very worthy cause gets them!!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

WAM Tonight!!!

  
Please bring glue, paint brushes (all sizes), or paper towels to WAM to help out our Project Art Supply drive to help McKinney Vento Homeless achieve their camp this summer for Bossier Parish Students.  

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

DAF Grants Announced!!

  
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Those wishing to apply are strongly encouraged to attend a DAF Grant Workshop Saturday, May 3rd at the Bossier Arts Council.  The workshop will run from 2-4pmand will cover the guidelines of the grant and give potential applicants more detailed instruction on how to apply and what is funded.  All applications will be due Thursday, May 29th.   For more information call 318-741-8310 or email Leigh Anne Chambers at leigh@bossierarts.org.
 
The Louisiana Division of the Arts in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council is the catalyst for participation, education, development, and promotion of excellence in the arts by overseeing the DAF program and implementing plans of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor's Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism.

May Day Scheduled 

@ Shreveport Regional Arts Council's UNSCENE


 

NEW ORLEANS AIRLIFT ARTISTS AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS THIS WEEK

Casey Jones, SRAC Marketing Director  (318) 673-6500Casey@shrevearts.org
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNSCENE! Resident Artists New Orleans Airlift creates Musical Houses for Shreveport Common

For further information please contact:
Brandon Oldenburg, UNSCENE! Artistic Director
(817) 891-3593Brandon@moonbotstudios.com
Josh Porter, SRAC Public Art Director
(318) 673-6500Josh@shrevearts.org
Pam Atchison, SRAC Executive Director
(318) 673-6500Pam@shrevearts.org

     Groove down a melodious lane of musical architecture during the May installation of UNSCENE! featuring national residence artists New Orleans Airlift. Using scrap materials from historic landmarks in Shreveport, donated instruments from members of the community and more, a Shreveport Common alleyway transforms into Calathean Canyon. Calathean Canyon is the newest project of the New Orleans Airlift, an arts group known for creating “musical houses that can be played.” How can a house be “played”? Watch the “Dithyrambalina: The Music Box and Beyond” video here:www.vimeo.com/68877038.

     UNSCENE! brings New Orleans Airlift artists Ross Harmon, Frank Pahl, Taylor Lee Shepherd and Delaney Martin to collaborate with Northwest Louisiana Artists Peter Fetterman, Jimmy Cousins, John Mackey, Brett Roberts, Chris Maes, Josh October, James Marks, Nate Treme, John Martin, the Calanthean Collective and more to create interactive musical architecture and performances at the Calanthean Canyon. Local musicians, including Theresa Anderson and the Slade Collective, will play the houses along with a special spectral appearance by a Resident.

     Calathean Canyon is located Shreveport Common at 1001 Texas Avenue across from the Municipal Auditorium, next to the Calanthean Temple. New Orleans Airlift unveils the architectural structures during a special two-day UNSCENE! festival. On Friday May 16 “doors” open at 7 p.m. with two musical sets scheduled for 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.    Played by area musicians, Theresa Andersson and the New Orleans Airlift, be sure to make one of these two performances as they will fill up quick!

     On Saturday May 17, the public returns from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. for tours of Calanthean Canyon, food trucks and vendors, a Juried Arts Market. Local music performances curated by New Orleans Airlift.Luther Cox Jr. and the Inter City Row Modern Dance Company performs spectacular choreography on the Skateable Sculpture by Steve Olson. The Juried Arts Market features art for sale by Jeormie Journell, Chris McCaa, Jasmine Morelock-Field, Conrad Patterson, Jared Leo, Mona Proctor, and more. For a preview of their work, visit the artists’ pages on the Northwest Louisiana Artists’ Directory at www.shrevearts.org/artists/.

     Admission to both days of UNSCENE! is FREE with original souvenirs, art, food and more available for purchase. On Friday and Saturday Jester's, Lilah's, La Michoacana, the Missing Link food trucks serves delectable dishes for the masses. And on Saturday Kern has Coffee joins the line-up with his popular brews. Eagle Distributing/Budweiser presents their Craft Beer selections including the flavor sensations from Shreveport’s own GREAT RAFT BREWERY.

     For a complete lineup, map and other information about UNSCENE! with New Orleans Airlift, visitwww.unsceneshreveport.com.
     The Calanthean Canyon will continue to provide public entertainment past the UNSCENE! weekend with curated performances by local artists. Artists and arts organizations interested in performing in the venue may contact www.unsceneshreveport.com.


ABOUT NEW ORLEANS AIRLIFT

New Orleans Airlift is an artist-driven initiative that collaborates and creates alongside the artists we support for the mutual benefit and artistic fulfillment of all parties and the city at large.
The New Orleans Airlift was founded by musician and DJ Jay Pennington and Delaney Martin, a visual artist and curator, in response to the unparalleled destruction of Hurricane Katrina and its devastating aftermath which left city artists, like all New Orleanians, struggling for their lives and livelihoods.

The New Orleans Airlift recognized a need for new audiences who could support these artists as they rebuilt their city. Using an import/export model and a multi-disciplinary approach, the Airlift began to facilitate and create programming that took New Orleans’ art and its artists to far flung parts of the globe. In turn artists from abroad have been hosted in New Orleans for collaborative projects.

For more information about New Orleans Airlift, visit www.neworleansairlift.org.


ABOUT UNSCENE!

     UNSCENE! is a monthly event series launched in October 2013. The goal of the series is to debut the innovative look, feel, tastes, smells, and sounds of Shreveport Common, a 9-block arts district in downtown Shreveport. The Residency Artists’ Series is underwritten by grants from two national “Creative Placemaking” organizations: the National Endowment for the Arts, ARTPLACE AMERICA, and the Community Foundation of North Louisiana.  Sponsors include BHP Billiton, KSLA News 12, Louisiana Lottery, Eagle Distributing, Aggreko, The Times, AEP Swepco, National Endowment for the Arts, ArtPlace America, The Community Foundation, City of Shreveport, Caddo Parish and SPAR.

     In October 2013, UNSCENE! teamed with minicine?/ Swampland, INC to extend MSPS New Music Festival to include a Friday night ‘prelude’. For November, UNSCENE! partnered with the Texas Avenue Community Association’s Makers Fair.  December brought global arts group INSIDE OUT to Shreveport, pasting life size portraits on an abandoned parking garage. This year UNSCENE! celebrated the artistic elements of skateboarding with Steve Olson and UNveiled the public art installation, “Skateable Sculpture”, located in front of Municipal Auditorium. In April UNSCENE! partnered with Makers Fair and Holiday In Dixie to form THE BIG SCENE! with a special headline performance by Theresa Andersson.

     For more information on UNSCENE! Visit www.unsceneshreveport.com, ‘Like’ the Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/unscenesb, and ‘Follow’ the Twitter page @UnsceneSB.