Shreveport Common

Kate Archer Kent

A public-private redevelopment project targeting nine blocks of downtown Shreveport moved ahead Thursday with a new grant to support a theatrical production and a feasibility study for artist housing in Shreveport Common.

Kate Archer Kent

Nick Cave is blanketed head to toe in thick, hot pink raffia garb. He moves his body in sweeping gestures. It’s all in a day’s work for this Chicago artist.

Kate Archer Kent

The Marlene Yu Museum and Rainforest Art Foundation open Thursday in a rehabbed former 1950s-era YWCA building in downtown Shreveport.

The building’s gymnasium was transformed into an expansive main gallery that can accommodate Marlene Yu’s sprawling abstract paintings of nature. They drench the walls with color almost touching floor to ceiling.

The Shreveport Regional Arts Council will host a symposium on public art in transportation, featuring urban design experts from New York, Seattle and elsewhere.