Keachi artist Travis Whitfield stands on the porch of the shuttered Wyatt Bros. Mercantile where a group of African American men used to sit in rockers and tell stories of a bygone era. Whitfield documented the lives of the "Porch Crew" beginning in the 1970s.
A Keachi, Louisiana, artist cares deeply about the legacy of a group of African American men who in the 1970s and '80s parked themselves on the porch of a shuttered country store and told stories about a bygone era. Travis Whitfield was so intrigued by the men that they became his studies. He painted their portraits, took hundreds of photos, and recorded their conversations beginning in 1973. Many of these images and artifacts are on display at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum in Whitfield’s “Further On Down The Road” exhibition.
Shreveport Regional Arts Council executive director Pam Atchison stands in her new office in downtown Shreveport, a stone's throw from the historic Strand Theatre in a new arts district known as Shreveport Common.
The Shreveport Regional Arts Council has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to bring in a San Diego-based art critic to judge the works of local artists in an open exhibition. The art critic series is a two-year grant that will touch 300 visual artists.
Krewe of Highland Captain LeVette Fuller appreciates her Krewe's quirkiness and its allegiance to an inner-city Shreveport neighborhood.
The family-oriented parade with the curious throws is set to roll Sunday, Feb 10. The Krewe of Highland has added about a mile to its parade route that wends through Shreveport's Highland neighborhood. Krewe Captain LeVette Fuller said there are more than 100 entries in this year’s parade. The Krewe's signature throws will return, including hot dogs, MoonPies, and stuffed animals. Fuller has thrown some crazy things to revelers over the years.
Luke Eddy is coordinating the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival at Centenary College. The campus will host the six-state regional festival for three years.
Centenary College will host the Kennedy Center regional theater festival this month. More than 1,000 people are expected to come from a six-state region. Luke Eddy, marketing and logistics coordinator for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, said six plays will be performed during the week-long event. It will also include dozens of workshops and auditions for jobs with theater companies.
The screening of a video Jan. 23 in Marshall, Texas, will explore its music scene past and present and how the city staked the claim of being the Birthplace of Boogie Woogie. The 54-minute video, “A Town Full of Music,” was produced by the Boogie Woogie Birthplace project directors, Jack and Nancy Canson. Jack Canson said it includes concert excerpts and interviews about the prominent musicians who came out of Northeast Texas, namely the late Boogie Woogie icon Omar Sharriff.