Midcity Baton Rouge is one of 10 communities selected to participate in the Louisiana Creative Communities Initiative, designed to help communities reach cultural and economic goals, according to Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne.
The other communities are Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana; Minden; Mandeville; Washington; Houma Downtown Cultural District; Corridor des Arts (Sunset, Grand Coteau and Arnaudville); Monroe Riverside Cultural District; Monroe Chamber of Commerce; and Plaquemine.
The program pairs a civic leader in the community with an experienced coach for a six-month training and planning process. The communities also receive a small grant to help implement their plans.
The 10 communities’ proposed projects include creating arts markets, transforming bus stops into public art and creating local arts organizations.
“The arts and culture contribute significantly to our communities, our citizens and our cultural economy,” Dardenne said in a news release.
The Louisiana Creative Communities Initiative is the result of a partnership between the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development and the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation.