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|Arts councils collaborate|
The northeast Louisiana Arts Council has joined with the Shreveport art councils to create the new "Eye-20 Creative Corridor," a collaborative arts and cultural delivery system to provide access to the programs and services offered by regional artists and arts organizations.
The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council, Shreveport Regional Arts Council and Bossier Arts Council have unified their efforts to create a long-term regional cultural economy initiative.
The project will unify the cities and communities along Interstate 20 by developing and marketing all arts and cultural destinations in the parishes north and south of I-20 from Shreveport to Tallulah into a large 150-mile-long metroplex.
Each cultural venue – unique restaurants, galleries, performance venues, artists' studios, and arts supply stores will be prominently indemnified.
The art councils will spearhead a three-month cultural commemoration of the Great Depression beginning this fall.
The event is called, "Triumph over Tragedy."
This massive tribute to the "Greatest Generation of Americans" will reach $1 million in direct expenses, including a significant generating of fees for nationally renowned and regional Professional Artists.
The three Arts Councils are the recipients of major grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts totaling $110,000. These grants paired with local, state, and private sector resources (including a significant contribution from the Community Foundation of Shreveport-Bossier) will allow them to implement a number of events.
The Triumph over Tragedy commemoration project is the culmination of three years planning and will engage 200 arts organizations, 100 professional artists, 525 eighth-grade students in 24 schools and 50 elders to create new artworks and cultural programs that are a tribute to the history of the people, places, and events that comprised the Great Depression.
The project is expected to engage 500,000 citizens and 75,000 visitors coming together to honor the 80th Anniversary of The Great Depression and New Deal Era in north Louisiana.
Ralph Calhoun, executive director of the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens in Monroe, said, "I believe this is a critical time to commemorate the people of the Depression Era. It is important to see the great strength and perseverance that generation had as we are challenged by the current economic situation. It is incredible to list the great literature, art and creativity that was produced during the depression. I think we have aptly named the commemoration because the American people produced true triumph over a truly tragic time."
October 2009 marks the 80th anniversary of the New York Stock Market Crash, historically the trigger point of the Great Depression in the United States, a national economic turndown unprecedented in its depth, length, and scope.