Free creative workshops begin next week

The North Central Louisiana Arts Council and the Black Creative Circle of North Louisiana have combined resources to offer four weeks of workshops based on the four areas of the BCCNL’s mission: literary, visual, performing and culinary arts.

The free workshops, open to 13 to 17-year-old students, will be held at the Blue Gym, 1306 Cornell Avenue, where BCCNL artists Vitus Shell and Drek Davis are also creating a community mural. Area children are encouraged to come and draw their ideas in chalk for the mural on the sidewalks around the building. 

Workshops will be capped at 25 kids. Parents or guardians can sign them up online, or call 318-255-1450. Kids of all ages are welcome to help with the mural and sidewalk art. The workshop schedule is listed below. 

 10 noon July 26 and 28 – Photography Workshop:

       Kids will learn the basics of photography with professional photographer Michael LeBlanc, utilizing their own smartphones, or a digital camera will be loaned to them by NCLAC.

10 noon Aug. 2 and 4 – Literary Workshop:

       Kids will explore expressing themselves in written form with local artists and authors Jaulevia Potts and Jada Starks. 

10 noon Aug. 9 and 11 – Culinary Workshop:

       Kids will learn healthy eating habits and how to make nutritious everyday alternative snacks, as well as learn about food security with Chefs Daniel Jackson and Jelarius Davis.

10 noon Aug. 16 and 18 – Podcast Workshop:

       Kids will learn how podcasts are made, and explore making their own with Darius Mamon.

The workshop series will culminate in a “Greenwood Community Day” celebration Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  There we will unveil the mural, present a documentary-like film made by Mike LeBlanc of the workshop series and mural work, and share works made by the students with the public.

This program is a part of our “Lift Every Voice Initiative.” To learn more or sign up for these events, go to 

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