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Baton Rouge Community College will host its ninth annual community arts celebration – Arts Fest – April 1-13. Taking place at three of its locations – Mid City campus, 201 Community College Drive; Acadian site, 3250 N. Acadian Thruway; and Frazier Art Annex site, 555 Julia St. – Arts Fest is a combination of visual and performing arts that seeks to enhance study and culture for BRCC and its surrounding community. This year’s theme is “LINES.” All events are free and open to the public.
Arts Fest will host an unofficial kickoff, April 1-2 at the Ebb & Flow Festival on the Baton Rouge Waterfront. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to visit with Arts Fest performers and organizers to learn more about the upcoming events. Preliminary events also include a reading, discussion and book signing by acclaimed children’s author, Julia Cook, to take place at BRCC’s Mid City campus on April 1 at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow.
The official Arts Fest kickoff breakfast will be held on Monday, April 3 at 8 a.m. on the Mid City campus in the Bienvenue Student Center.
Tuesday, April 4 activities include an animation lecture, a bookbinding workshop with live jazz, and a creative writing workshop. On Wednesday, April 5, Drew Riley of S/ASH Creative will host the talk, “Stay Creative/Stay Local,” at 10 a.m. in the Recital Hall in the Governor’s building on the Mid City campus. Festivities continue that day at Frazier with a ceramics workshop, and a three day live mural painting by Baton Rouge visual artist, Marc Fresh. On Thursday, April 6, filmmaker Aaron Greer will screen his film, “Service to Man,” at noon in the Magnolia Theatre in the Magnolia building on the Mid City campus. A reception will follow. Student writers will share their narratives, recently published in the “Voices from the Bayou” collection, and facilitate a discussion from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dumas Conference Room in the Magnolia Building on the Mid City campus. As part of the event, “Voices from the Bayou” authors will sign copies of their newly-released book. A reception will follow from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. A faculty recital featuring The Charles Brooks Collective will be held Friday, April 7 at 10 a.m. in the Recital Hall in the Governor’s Building on the Mid City campus.
Kicking off week two of Arts Fest at 8:30 a.m. at Frazier on Monday, April 10 is “Beyond the Garage,” a puppeteering workshop with Clay Achee. The day will continue with the panel discussion, “Careers in the Arts,” at 11 a.m. in the Recital Hall in the Governor’s building on the Mid City campus. At noon, Barbra Donovon will lead a ceramics workshop at Frazier. On Tuesday, April 11, a printmaking demonstration and workshop led by former BRCC Student and current owner of Achilles Print Studio, Jessica Moore will be held at 8:30 a.m. at Frazier, followed by a pinhole camera demo and workshop conducted by Deborah Lillie at noon. Performance artist, Bonny McDonald, will lead “Racy Performance Workshop” at 1:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre in the Magnolia building on the Mid City campus.
Wednesday, April 12 is full day for Arts Fest, starting at Acadian with a silkscreen t-shirt workshop, where participants can print their own Arts Fest t-shirts, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Print Shop. Acadian activities continue at 11 a.m. with a culinary arts lunch and display in the cafeteria. A ceramics workshop will be held at noon at Frazier. At 4:30 p.m., students from the literary arts nonprofit, Forward Arts will perform poetry in the Black Box Theatre on the Mid City campus. A Liberal Arts Transfer Fair will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Magnolia Gallery of the Magnolia building on the Mid City campus. All universities where BRCC credits are accepted have been invited to participate.
A student art showcase will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 in the Magnolia Gallery in the Magnolia building on the Mid City campus, featuring poetry by former BRCC student and published poet, Antione Lacey, an event partnered with the I, Too, Am America club. A brunch reception will follow, with art winners being announced at noon. Closing out Arts Fest on April 13 is the day-long Mid City Jazz Festival in the Magnolia Theatre and Gallery, which will begin with a jazz competition. The winners will perform with the judges – acclaimed musicians Troy Davis, Leroy Jones and Robert Nash—and BRCC’s own Dr. Charles Brooks – that evening in the Magnolia Theatre for the Mid City Jazz Concert.