Four years ago, the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury initiated a new grant program that would enable Southwest Louisiana arts and cultural programs to receive funding for the events and programs that strengthen our state’s cultural economy. Since its inception, the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana allocates these funds each year through the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury grant, and the program has become an exemplary avenue of funding for the arts in Southwest Louisiana during a time of economic hardship.
This year, fifteen organizations in Calcasieu Parish were awarded funding. Organizations include the Lake Charles Civic Ballet, Art on Wheels, the Children’s Theatre Company, the Brimstone Museum, the SWLA Science Educational Foundation, the Calcasieu Historic Preservation Society, Louisiana Choral Foundation, Cajun French Music Association, Louisiana Film and Video Art, Bayou Writers’ Group, Black Heritage Gallery, Dr. F.G. Bulber Youth Orchestra, Whistle Stop, Eljay Foundation for Parkinson Awareness, and Iowa Rabbit Festival.
The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury grant program is administered by the Arts and Humanities Council, and it seeks to sustain and support cultural programming for our region. For more information on the Arts Council’s other grant programs, visit www.artsandhumanitiesswla.org or call 439-2787.