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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SRAC puts on Art Break!!




Pam Atchison, Executive Director, Shreveport Regional Arts Council –
(318) 673-6500
Lisa Leach, ArtBreak Director, Shreveport Regional Arts Council
(318) 673-6500
Henry Price, Supervisor of Art, Caddo Parish Public Schools –
(318) 603-6359
Martha Patten, Professional Development/Research/Grants, Bossier Parish Schools - (318) 549-7340
Jan Elkins – Community Affairs Director, KTBS-3  – (318) 861-5843

Thirty years of more Art… more Music… Poetry… Dancing… Drama… and free family fun!  TheCELEBRATE EDUCATION team announces the events and activities for the 30th year Anniversary of the annual KTBS-3 Summer Reading Festival and ArtBreak Festival, the South’s largest showcase of student arts programs, at a PRESS CONFERENCE, Monday, April 14, 10:00 am at the Shreveport Convention Center.  This week-long giant celebration of student Creativity and artistic achievement engages more than 25,000 students in 100 Caddo and Bossier schools. More than 50,000 families and fans will participate in 50 hands-on interdisciplinary art activities, 100 school and community performances, and an exhibition of more than 4,000 works of literary and visual art created by students.CELEBRATE EDUCATION will take place from Monday, April 21 through Sunday, April 27 at the Shreveport Convention Center.

ArtBreak and KTBS – 3 Summer Reading Festival, have teamed to create Celebrate Education, a weeklong educational festival celebrating Academics and the Arts from Monday, April 21 – Friday, April 25 at the Shreveport Convention Center.   The KTBS – 3 Summer Reading Festival’s goal is to engage children early in developing a lifelong love of reading.  Featured are the theatrical escapades of the Shreve Memorial Library Players in their production of “Oh No! Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World”, with students from local high schools: Caddo Magnet High School, and Loyola College Prep with Shreve Memorial Library staff. The play was written by Erik Champney adapted from title by children's book author Mac Barnett. All 2nd grade students in Caddo-Bossier and Northwest Louisiana schools will attend the KTBS – 3 Summer Reading Festival.

Families are encouraged to stock up on books for summer at the Caddo Schools Book Fair located at the entrance to the ArtBreak Festival during the weekend.  Caddo Schools is also bringing in author/Illustrator John Steven Gurney on Saturday, April 26 for an informal workshop.  Pick up your copies of kid’s favorite reads, including Gurney’s Dinosaur Train (Harper Collins), The A to Z Mysteryseries by Ron Roy author (Random House), The Calendar Mysteries series by Ron Roy(Random House), The Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey and Marcia T. Jones (Scholastic), and many more!

A Highlight of this year’s ArtBreak Festival is… a concert by the Shreveport Symphony! Other highlights include Best-Selling Author/Illustrator – John Steven Gurney and over 50 more Hands-on Art Activities! And Muralist Stephen Porter will create an epic ArtBreak 30th Mural for ALL to help create.

The ArtBreak Festival was created in 1984 when funding cuts threatened to eliminate the arts instructors’ positions and the community arts partnerships in Caddo Parish Public Schools.  A team of administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community leaders came together to develop a means of promoting the importance of arts education as a key component of the total curriculum.  Cathy Sledge, while teaching English at Caddo Magnet High in 1984, is credited with exclaiming, “In Louisiana, if anything is really important…from cotton and crawfish to peaches and polk salad, we make a festival to celebrate it…let’s create a festival to celebrate the importance of curriculum-based arts programs!”  Within three months of this declaration, the first ArtBreak Festival was produced and held at the Municipal Auditorium and Plaza.

In its 30 year history, the ArtBreak Festival has been produced at the Municipal Auditorium, the Convention Hall and “old” festival plaza, the Expo Hall, and the Riverview Convention Hall and Civic Theatre.  In 2007, ArtBreak moved to a new home at the Shreveport Convention Center.
Major producers of CELEBRATE EDUCATION include the City of Shreveport, McDonald’s Griggs Enterprises, JP Morgan Chase Bank, Caddo and Bossier Parish Schools, KTBS-3 and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.  Shreveport Mayor, Cedric Glover, has embraced CELEBRATE EDUCATION by welcoming an outstanding team of educators and community organizations to the Shreveport Convention Center.

Carmen Ortiz, Award Winning Fashion Designer, will conduct a one day student workshop ArtBreak week on Wednesday, April 23, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. The Design Workshop will provide an opportunity to learn and study with Ortiz. Ortiz, born in Shreveport, Louisiana, has pursued a career in fashion design since adolescent years and attended the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York. Ortiz completed internships at Teen VogueGlamour MagazineMarie Claire Magazine, Alexander Wang Inc., and Michael Kors International, and a “virtual internship” with Charming Charlie fashion accessories retailer, and started her own fashion line, LinOza, in partnership with Parsons classmate Nelson Lin.

Blayne Weaver, Acclaimed Writer, Actor & Director, will conduct a one day student workshop ArtBreak week on Wednesday, April 23, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. A native of Bossier City, currently residing in New York, and a Parkway High School graduate, Weaver studied acting in New York and at Oxford University, and graduated from UCLA with a degree in English Literature. Weaver most recently starred, wrote and directed in the acclaimed romantic comedy 6 Month Rule. He has also written and directed films Weather Girl and Outside Sales, co-wrote Manic, and appeared in numerous films and television including JunkDeep Dark CanyonERNCIS, and The Middleman. He also provided the voice of Peter Pan in the Disney animated feature Return To Never Land.
The ArtBreak Alumni Activities are sponsored by the Griggs Enterprises, Inc./ McDonald’s.

 ArtBreak Third Grade Days, Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25, brings students from Caddo, Bossier, Desoto, Webster and surrounding Northwest Louisiana and Northeast Texas Public Schools, as well as many area private schools, to learn how the Arts can be used toteach and/or reinforce principles in Math, Science, Language Arts, History, and World Cultures.  Each third grade class attends two hands-on interdisciplinary art activities, developed by a team of teachers spanning all curriculum areas, along with an interactive performance on the Chase Bank Stage by the Canadian duo,The STYLAMANDERS.

The ArtBreak Third Grade Days are sponsored by Community Trust Bank.

A unique aspect of the ArtBreak Festival is the multitude of over 50 Hands-on Art Activities taught by area professional artists.  Hands-on art activity booths will be open each day as follows:
Friday, April 25, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm;
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm; and
Sunday, April 27, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

This year, the hands-on “make and take” art projects abound…everywhere you look!  Families can observe professional artists working at their craft and then participate by making a craft of their own. 

The Brookshire Grocery Cakewalk is a favorite among ArtBreak-ers each year, with 100 cakes hand painted by local artists; and Full face and hand painting by Neecee Blackwell is available… both are ticketed events.

In honor of the 30 years of ArtBreak, Farmer’s Seafood will provide 50 fresh flounders for the famous Japanese art printing method called GYOTAKO!         

A key highlight of ArtBreak is to feature the arts programs in Caddo and Bossier Schools in the Betty & Leonard W. Phillips Juried Exhibition of the top visual, literary and performance artworks from every school in Caddo and Bossier Parish; more than 3,000 works of art will be exhibited.  The most outstanding artworks, as selected by a professional team of jurors, will be exhibited in the Betty &Leonard W. Phillips Memorial Winner’s Circle of Art in the foyer of the Shreveport Convention Center.  These student winners will claim more than $15,000 in savings bonds and awards.  Selected artworks and literary works will be featured in the 2014 AT&T Real Yellow Pages/YP telephone directory.  Henry Price, Supervisor of Art for Caddo Parish Public Schools explains, “This is one of the strongest arts exhibitions (adult or student) that you will find in this State…possibly in the South!  People will be amazed at the technical proficiency and unabashed creativity of the students in Caddo and Bossier Parishes.”

The 10 images selected for “Image of ArtBreak” awards allows the ArtBreak Festival to purchase the “rights” to reproduce the images created by these 10 winning students.  These ten artworks are used to create ArtBreak stationary, prints, and other promotional materials. The new designs will be available for purchase during the ArtBreak Festival.

All weekend there are performances by school and community groups – every thirty minutes - on theMcDonald’s Stage and the Chase Bank Stage.  Community performances this year will include the      Inter City Row Modern Dance Company, Playaz & Playettes, and    Red Beans and Rice Productions.

Additionally, the Café Stage will feature OPEN Mic, singing, poetry and prose readings over the weekend under the direction of Jeff Toms with intermittent student performances.
Returning to ArtBreak, the intense, entertaining and educational student musician competition, Music Memory Downbeat! On Sunday, April 27, 1:00 pm - 1:40 pm in Music Memory Downbeat the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra will play snippets of songs and the students will have to correctly guess the composition piece. In this intense competition, seven schools will vie for the best quiz score after all selections are played. At 2:00 pm the Symphony will perform a Free Family Concert.

ArtBreak Festival Performance highlights include the following:

Friday, April 25, 5:00 – 9:00 pm:  

6:00 pm:  STYLAMANDERS Concert on the Chase Bank Stage, the highly energetic Canadian Duo known around the country for their family oriented interactive musical performances.

7:00 pm:  The Caddo-Bossier CAPITAL ONE Talent Show spotlights another year of talented youth performances featuring the top 22 selected acts out of over eighty auditions.  Talented students compete for cash prizes, the “People’s Choice” award and the RIVER CITIES JUBILEE CHORUS “Best Singer” Award.

Saturday, April 26, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm:
400 Clyde Fant Pkwy.
Shreveport LA 71101

Phone 318.673.6500
Fax 318.673.6515

10:00 am – 5:00 pm:  Caddo’s All-Parish Honor’s Orchestra and Choir performances on the Chase Bank Stage.

10:00 am – 6:00 pm:  Showcase of school performances from Caddo and Bossier Parish Schools on the McDonald’s Stage.

6:30 pm:   GALLO Gumbo Free Family Concert by the Quartet from Britain and France

Sunday, April 27, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm:

1:00 PM:  Music Memory Downbeat with the Shreveport Symphony

2:00 PM: Shreveport Symphony Family Concert

3:30 PM: ArtBreak Awards Ceremony begins with the presentation of cash awards and savings bonds to the outstanding Literary, Music, and Visual Artists in Caddo and Bossier Parish Schools.

The ArtBreak Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday, April  27, beginning at 3:30 pm

Admission to ArtBreak is FREE with plenty of free parking surrounding the Shreveport Convention Center and inside the Shreveport Convention Center Parking Garage located between Spring Street and Market Street at Caddo St. A free “Yellow Bus Trolley” will transport festival-goers from the Municipal Auditorium Parking Lot to the Shreveport Convention Center.  The Shreveport Convention Center will provide concession booths with special “kid friendly” menus and pricing.

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