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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

@ Shreveport Regional Arts Council's UNSCENE



Casey Jones, SRAC Marketing Director  (318)

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

For further information please contact:
Brandon Oldenburg, UNSCENE! Artistic Director
Josh Porter, SRAC Public Art Director
Pam Atchison, SRAC Executive Director

     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

     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

     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,
     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


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


     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, ‘Like’ the Facebook page, and ‘Follow’ the Twitter page @UnsceneSB.

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