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BAC news: Arts council receives two grants for educational programs

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Bossier Arts Council has received two grants this month for educational programs.  The first grant was from the Community Foundation for $5,000 to help with the costs of their annual event DigiFest South (September 16th-18th).  The event is an annual digital arts festival and tech expo that celebrates how digital technology combined with artistic creativity has helped our modern society progress.  The goal is to show that art education is more than a school elective it is a powerful vocational element and key to a well rounded education that translates to lucrative career opportunities. DigiFest will demonstrate how art combined with technology leads to the innovations that shape our modern way of life and the direct contribution to strong economic development and cultural transformations. Approximately 1200 students from the surrounding parishes will be bused in for the interactive expo, college fair, and guest speakers.

In addition they received a $2,500 grant from the Beaird Foundation for the Budding Artist Association, a league of local high school students that will work closely with the Bossier Arts Council to plan, organize, and implement Arts Education Programming for Bossier Parish Schools.  The aim of the program is to teach leadership skills to students through the arts and aide in developing future leaders of our community.  In 2013-2014 the BAA had over 30 members who presented their own showcase of art, music, literature, and theatre and volunteered hours to restore the Metal Art Zoo.

East Bank Gallery presents the Louisiana Society of Animal Artists

The Bossier Arts Council is thrilled to announce an exhibition featuring the work of the Louisiana Society of Animal Artists that will be on exhibit at their East Bank Gallery (630 Barksdale Blvd) throughout the months of June & July.  The Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday-Saturday 11am-5pm.

The Louisiana Society of Animal Artists mission is to express the importance of conserving wildlife through our art.  The society endeavors to make people more aware of the beauty of nature by focusing on our animal kingdom in its natural habitat. Those interested in becoming involved can email the Society at laanimalartists@bellsouth.net or visit their website at http://www.lasocietyofanimalartists.com.

To learn more about our featured artists and the Bossier Arts Council please visit www.bossierarts.org. The East Bank Gallery is sponsored in part by the generation donation of Airline Plaza.

Emerging Artist Gallery presents the work of Chris Opp 

The Bossier Arts Council is proud to announce that during the months of June-July they will be exhibiting the work of Chris Opp in their Emerging Artist Gallery located at the Arts Council (630 Barksdale Blvd).  The Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11-5pm and the artist will be available for questions on Saturday, June 14th between the hours of 2-4pm.

When asked about his work Opp responded “My goal as an artist is to bring color into the world and the local community and bring walls to life.” Chris owns and operates his own business Opp Art Inc. a company that does a variety of custom artistic work including murals, sign paintings, and custom carpentry.  Most recently Opp designed and installed the new welcome signs for Bossier City.

Comedy Classes with Kristen Becker

Comedian Kristen Becker (Last Comic Standing, Doin’ Time Comedy Showcase, Loyola College Prep Alumni) Is announcing a brand NEW stand-up comedy course, designed to teach industry basics to those interested in pursuing comedy as a career or as a fun way to develop public speaking skills.  ecker recently returned from a cross-country stand-up tour and is a working professional. She has been formally trained at the Humber School of Comedy, in Toronto, which boasts an impressive list of cohorts (Eugene Levy, Colin Mochrie and a few Kids In The Hall have sat on the Board of Directors) and professors (Robin Duke, of SNL fame, is one of many).

Classes will include the basics of joke writing and performance, as well as introduction to the business of marketing yourself as a performer. The course will run three weeks, on Tuesday evenings, beginning May 13th and will include three 2-hour classes and a private one-on-one session for each student, culminating in a Graduation show! Classes will be held at The Annex, at the Bossier Arts Council.

Class cost $150 with a $50 deposit due at registration, balance due by the second week of class. For more information visit http://kristenbecker.com/comedy-classes/.