As part of the state’s Bicentennial celebration, Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) will present a free screening for Louisiana: 200 Years of Statehood on Thursday, May 17, at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, 809 Kirby St. in Lake Charles. The documentary film is being planned in conjunction with the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission.
The documentary, narrated by Harry Connick, Jr., will begin at 7 p.m. in the theatre with a special presentation by Shelley Johnson, executive director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau; Fred Stark, Bicentennial mural artist; and Beth Courtney with LPB. The film will follow a glimpse of the newest downtown public art mural located on the side of locally-owned dessert shop, Sweets & Treats. Local artist Fred Stark, whose work appears in 16 states, is creating a large scale Bicentennial-themed mural to illustrate our Southwest Louisiana connection to the state’s 200 year legacy. Composed in three different layers and timelines, the mural will show the visual history of Louisiana from 1812 to 2012 and include local ties with the centennial anniversaries of four local historic landmarks.
Join us for the unveiling of the mural that same day at 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Sweets and Treats, located at 411 Ryan Street, Lake Charles.