Month: March 2017

Downtown Wins Great Street Award!

Months after submitting the application for an American Planning Association Great Street Award, Shreveport Zoning Administrator and APA-Louisiana State Executive Committee Officer Alan Clarke was startled and very pleased to hear Shreveport’s name called at the recent APA-LA conference. “This was a secret ballot of Louisiana APA voting members—planners, architects, attorneys and others from all over the state,” says Clarke. “These judges, and the people who apply for APA awards, take this very seriously.” The Great Street award uses 12 criteria including urban design and architectural features, memorable character, interesting features, and whether the street balances the competing needs...

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Artists’ Studio Tours

Tour the studios of collectible artists throughout the region, see where they work and talk to them about their inspiration and methods. This is a rare opportunity to see the spaces where artists create and the items they have created! Minden/Homer/Ruston Studio Tours are Friday, April 7. Shreveport and Bossier Studio Tours are Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9. DOWNTOWN ARTISTS TOURS will include stops at: Norsworthy Gallery- 214 Texas Street Bon Temps Coffee Bar- Red River District Lofts at 624- 625 Texas Street The Agora Borealis – 417 Lake Street 601 Spring Street – 601 Spring Street...

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April Downtown Artwalk

Join us for the April artwalk and explore the area around the 800 block of Texas Avenue (minicine? and the beautiful ASEANA Asian Garden), Central ARTSTATION, 810 Crockett, the Fairmont Apartments at 762 Cotton, the Korner Lounge at 800 Louisiana and other historic and happening spaces! We have some fun lagniappe planned for you this month. Korner Lounge @ 800 Louisiana – Graphite and mixed media works by Aunna Kelly (Starving Artists) will be on display!  Enjoy some trivia while you’re there! Sketch the City tonight at 6:30 pm. The local chapter of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) will be hosting...

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April is Culture Crush Month!

Downtown is planning an art-filled April! Here’s what should be on your calendar- Saturday, April 1– Texas Avenue Makers Fair with 200 + MAKERS, Sci Port’s Feather Fest, Mini Makers Activities, 3 stages of entertainment, food trucks and more. Entertainment provided by the Black Cultural Arts Coalition and Spinner Entertainment. The fun begins at 10 am along Elvis Presley Boulevard @ the Municipal Auditorium and ends at 5 pm. There is no admission charge to the Makers Fair and entertainment. Saturday, April 1– the unveiling of the 12 Uncommon Murals around the Shreveport Common art and culture district downtown. Take a trolley tour to see them all! Throughout the Month–  The Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) has awarded seven Northwest Louisiana artists the opportunity to create their own studio space in artspace (710 Texas St.) during April. They will use the space to create, work, demonstrate and sell their art to the public. Drop by to see the works and meet Lisandra T. Di Liberto Brown, Eric Francis, Sarah Joy Lewis, James Marks, Sherry Tamburo, Robert Trudeau and Kathryn Usher. Tuesday, April 4 @ 6 pm @ Central ARTSTATION, 801 Crockett St.- Critical Mass Performing Arts Showcase. Wednesday, April 5, 5-8 pm. DOWNTOWN ART WALK. This month the artwalk will be featuring large works at Minicine? (846 Texas Ave.), Central ARTSTATION (801 Crockett), the Fairmont lobby (726 Cotton. Enter on the...

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A (Fine) New Life for Old Museums

It is an ironic thing that it takes a media flurry about a threatened closure to alert the community to the existence of three great museums in the heart of Shreveport. For years, the Shreveport Water Works Museum, the Spring Street Historical Museum, and the more recently-opened Shreveport Railroad Museum, have operated in relative obscurity. Though they may be little-known, their history—and the stories they tell—are big and powerful. By providing clean water to drink and ample water to fight fires, the steam-powered Victorian-era Water Works led to the development of downtown and the city. The Railroad Museum, located on the grounds of the water works, tells the importance of railroads in the early days of Shreveport, more important even than the river or cotton, or perhaps even oil. The Spring Street Museum, located in arguably the city’s oldest building, uses photographs and found treasures to tell the tale of how a muddy, rough river settlement along the Texas Trail grew from a trading post to a thriving city. All three museums are fascinating places that tell amazing historical stories, and each has their supporters, small but intensely dedicated groups of people. These groups singlehandedly built, stocked and staffed it (Railroad Museum), fundraised and wrote grants to maintain it (Water Works) and raised money, funded displays and donated exhibits (Spring Street) to it. The money from these museums’ ‘friends’...

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