Arts Council seeks artists to help long-term care residents deal with isolation thru short-term project

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) — The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is seeking visual artists to facilitate one-on-one virtual art-making activities with local long-term care residents. The program, Heart of the Story, will require teaching or visual artists to facilitate four weeks of virtual instruction starting Sept. 7.

Heart of the Story was developed to engage long-term care elders in a variety of creative arts paired with storytelling, to relay memories and foster increased communication. In the wake of COVID-19, isolation and loneliness for elders are a heightened point of concern. Arts Council officials say the goal of “Heart of the Story” is to help bridge the gap for access to activities and encourage connectivity while keeping resident health and safety at the forefront.

Artists should anticipate two to three hours of virtual instruction per week and will be compensated for planning and instruction time. Materials will be provided for the artist and participants by the Arts Council. Project directors and artists will collaborate to create curriculum and activities.

Complete the Heart of the Story Call to Artist Application online here. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 17.

Additional questions may be directed to Leea Reese Russell at or (225)344-8558, ext. 227 or Sharbreon Plummer, Ph.D. at

For more information about the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, please visit

Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge: Established in 1973, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge endeavors to promote cultural growth, economic development, and educational enhancement through the arts in the 11-parish region that it serves. As the official arts agency for the City Parish of East Baton Rouge, the organization serves as a hub for information and resources organizations and residents across the state. For more information, visit

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