The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge presents second annual Arts Summit

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

July 24-26, 2018, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge will present its second annual Arts Summit, a conference for creative professionals from across Louisiana. The three-day Summit will bring together artists, innovators, advocates, and business leaders who will convene for discussion and planning on growing the area’s vibrant creative sector. The public can register to attend any day or all three. Teachers in East Baton Rouge Parish School System can earn up to 6 CLU credits for attendance at the Arts Summit, which also features sessions on arts education.

Jazz artist, composer and educator Victor Goines will kick off the Summit on the evening of July 24, 2018 as keynote speaker. Goines, a native of New Orleans, has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993 and served as Director of the jazz program at The Juilliard School from 2000-2007. Deeply committed to the field of Jazz Education, he was named the director of jazz studies and professor of music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. His talk is preceded by an opening reception and site-specific dance performance by Basin Arts, a Lafayette-based dance collective headed by Clare Cook. Clare Cook, originally from Lafayette, LA, has presented work at the New York Musical Theatre Festival, DanceNOW Festival at Joe’s Pub, Fringe NYC, Opera Slavica, NYU, The New School for Drama and Columbia University. She was the choreographer for the First National Tour of Bullets Over Broadway, and traveled to Bulgaria with the Drama League of NYC to work with the Sofia Puppet Theatre of Bulgaria.

July 25, 2018 features a full day of workshops, panel discussions and interactive sessions at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library on Goodwood Boulevard, with a welcome address by First Lady Donna Edwards. Panelists include Regional Arts Council directors from around the State, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, along with local business and community experts. The sessions are divided into two tracks for individual artists/makers and nonprofit arts administrators, though professionals from all sectors can benefit from participating. “Economic development with the arts as center focus has been recognized in other successful communities across the nation, and thanks to Mayor Sharon Weston Broome and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, arts organizations and individual artists throughout Louisiana will have a platform to share ideas with representatives from business, education, and government sectors and gather tools for success,” said Renee Chatelain, President/CEO of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.

The final day of the Summit, July 26, 2018, will take place at BRCC’s Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion. There, local artists and arts organizations will have the opportunity to workshop creative solutions to community challenges and pitch ideas to Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome for a chance to win microgrants. The Arts Summit is an important initiative of Mayor Broome’s administration.

Admission is $25 per day, or $50 for the full three-day event. For registration, a schedule of events, and more information, visit

The Arts Summit is presented in partnership with Louisiana Division of the Arts, First Foundation of Louisiana, Office of Mayor-President of Baton Rouge, Parish of East Baton Rouge, and with the support of Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, Baton Rouge Community College, and the Capitol Park Museum.

Contributed by Arts Council Greater Baton Rouge