BRCC to present 10th annual Arts Fest in March

BATON ROUGE, La. (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Baton Rouge Community College will present its 10th Annual Arts Fest in March throughout three of its locations.

The festival includes art demos, lectures, discussions, creative writing workshops, spoken word performances, student showcases, and live music which is sponsored by BRCC's Division of Liberal Arts and the Student Government Association.

This year's festival will celebrate community, throughout a variety of morning, afternoon, and evening events and programming, presented by local and student artists, as well as nationally and internationally renowned visiting artists.

The festival will begin on BRCC Mid City on Monday, March 12 with a breakfast for BRCC students. Festival highlights include a variety of art and printmaking demonstrations by professional visiting artists and BRCC professors to be held at Frazier and Acadian; a series of creative writing workshops and spoken word performances by renowned writers including local talents, as well as internationally acclaimed visiting artists, Hanif Abdurraqib and Ebony Stewart; and the Mid City Jazz Festival, which is in its third year. 

Below is a schedule of events. A detailed schedule will be available on  
Monday, March 12

  • Kick-Off Breakfast (8:30 a.m., Bienvenue Student Center, Mid City)
  • Silk Screening T-Shirt Workshop/Textile Printing Demo with BRCC Instructor Jerome Rankins (noon, Old Print Shop, Room 131, Acadian)
  • Chronicling Community, an interactive discussion on art as community product and the role of the arts, history and science in understanding and documenting communities, with archaeologist Malcolm Shuman (3 p.m., TBA)
  • "Monster Mugs" Ceramics Demo and Discussion with Caroline Smith (3 p.m., Ceramics Studio, Frazier)                

Tuesday, March 13

  • "Voices of a People's History of the United States", based on the work of historian Howard Zinn. Performed by students from East St. John High School (Reserve, La.) and special guests will perform these readings as monologues, with narration before each. (10:30 a.m., Dumas Conference Room, Magnolia, Mid City)
  • Narrative Creative Writing Workshop with Julie Wedding (noon, Academic Learning Center, Magnolia, Mid City)
  • Creative Writing Workshop with Louisiana Youth Poet Laureate, Brittany Marshall (3 p.m., Academic Learning Center, Mid City)
  • ReVision Colorism Healing Creative Writing Workshop with Sarah Webb of Colorism Healing (4:30 p.m., Academic Learning Center, Mid City)     

Wednesday, March 14

  • Etymology Creative Writing Workshop with Taylor Scott of Forward Arts, Inc. (4:30 p.m., Dumas Conference Room, Magnolia, Mid City)
  • Joy & The Elegy Creative Writing Workshop with Hanif Abdurraqib (5:30 P.M., Dumas Conference Room, Magnolia, Mid City)
  • Spoken Word Showcase featuring Brittany Marshall, Taylor Scott, and Hanif Abdurraqib; Hosted by Donney Rose (6:30 p.m., Magnolia Theatre, Mid City)

Thursday, March 15 (Frazier Day)

  • Instant Zine Print Workshop with Hope Amico of Gutwrench Press (10:30 a.m., Print Shop, Frazier)

Friday, March 16

  • Student Art Showcase (11 a.m., Magnolia Gallery, Mid City)
  • "STEAM Day" Event: "The History, Artistry, and Science of Brewing" by German-born brewmaster, Henry Orlik (3 p.m., Dumas Conference Room, Magnolia, Mid City)

Monday, March 19

  • Intro to SUMINAGASHI - Designing with a Dip with Petrouchka Moise of Mooi Labs (3 p.m., Frazier)

Tuesday, March 20

  • Careers in the Arts Panel - Local Artists for Panel TBA (10:30 a.m., Recital Hall, Governors, Mid City)
  • Speech and Theatre Showcase (noon, Black Box Theatre, Magnolia, Mid City)
  • "Models of Diversity" Fashion Show spearheaded by Jada Titus, BRCC Liberal Arts student and fashion designer, and BRCC Art Professor and fashion designer Cynthia Giachetti (1 p.m., Magnolia Gallery, Mid City)
  • Spoken Word Performance by 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion, Ebony Stewart (3 p.m., Black Box Theatre, Mid City)

Wednesday, March 21

  • Painting with Sharika Mahdi (noon, Frazier)
  • "Voices from the Bayou", one year later Discussion (3 p.m., Dumas Conference Room, Magnolia, Mid City)
  •  "Merchandising Museums: The Unanticipated Consequence of the American System of Cultural Patronage?" by LSU professor, Dr.  Kevin Mulcahy (4 p.m., Dumas Conference Room, Magnolia, Mid City)
  • Ceramics Demonstration with Osa Atoe (2:30 p.m., Frazier)

Thursday, March 22 (Frazier Day part II - Self Portrait Cycle)
*             Heather Weathers (10:30 a.m.)
*             Bernadette Vielbig (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, March 23

  • Mid City Jazz Festival III - a competition open to all Louisiana middle school, high school, and independent music school jazz ensembles. The evening wraps up with a special concert from Dr. Brooks and the judges, which is free and open to the public. (Competition: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Jam Session: 7 p.m., Magnolia Theatre, Mid City) 

All events, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public.

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