10am • LPA/LPAA Meetings at the Capitol Welcome Center (click here to download agendas and minutes in PDF format)
12:00pm – 1:00pm • Lunch on your own (Capitol Cafe or Subway)
1:00pm • Arts in the Capitol Day officially begins in the Capitol Rotunda
Legislators and tourists arriving at the State Capitol on Wednesday, May 25 will be greeted with an entertaining surprise. The Louisiana Partnership for Arts Advocacy (LPAA) has planned an advocacy day filled with dancers, musicians (including a duo of violins), theatrical presentations, and a mini art walk featuring the work of Louisiana artist laureate George Rodrigue. Regional Arts Council representatives from across the state will be joined by dozens of cultural organizations, scores of arts supporters, and members of the State Arts Council in the four corners of the rotunda where four arts disciplines will be demonstrated. The advocacy event presents an important opportunity for legislators to speak one-on-one with members of Louisiana’s cultural economy — the state’s second largest employment sector.
Louisiana has reached a crucial point in history, and legislators are poised to inflict critical damage on our state’s rich, vibrant cultural heritage. A combined cut of 60% is proposed for this coming year’s budget, compared to 2009’s funding levels. Representatives and supporters of Louisiana’s arts industry will pack the rotunda, and they’ll be easy to spot: dressed in black, wearing buttons that read “Art WORKS for Louisiana!”
Please join us: your presence speaks volumes!