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Arts Council Brings the Arts to Life with Engaging Community Events

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The Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana is an umbrella organization to more than 60 nonprofit arts organizations and numerous artists throughout Lake Charles and the surrounding area. In addition to providing financial support to individual arts groups, such as theater and ballet companies, the Arts Council hosts several community events that give residents of all ages the chance to celebrate and experience music, fine art and other media.

These events include: 

  • ArtsFest, a themed, one-day children’s art festival at the Lake Charles Civic Center that features food, music, arts and crafts activities, a public mural and more
  • Gallery Promenade, a fall gallery walk in which art spaces and galleries across the community hold simultaneous receptions
  • Live at the Lakefront concert series, a free outdoor music festival held every March at the Lakefront Promenade, featuring regional acts, an open-air arts market, food trucks and restaurant booths
  • Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation event for high school students that builds an appreciation for the spoken word and leads to a national contest
  • Spring Art Walk, a downtown arts event in which more than 100 local artists install their work in downtown businesses, restaurants and coffee shops
  • Summer Arts Camp, a month-long summer arts camp for kindergarten through eighth-graders that teaches diverse disciplines in the arts, including ceramics, painting and theater 
Photo Credit: Lousiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism; Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana