Welcome to Louisiana’s Capital City

By | 2019-10-09T15:49:52-06:00 September 25th, 2019|

Baton Rouge is Louisiana’s “Capital City” and the hub of all things Louisiana. With a prime, central location—just an hour away from New Orleans and Lafayette—Baton Rouge is the perfect city to explore the eclectic culture of this amazing state. Nicknamed the “Red Stick,” Baton Rouge houses over 300 years of history, much of which can be tasted in our delectable food,seen in our distinct architecture and learned through our unique culture.

While you’re in the Red Stick, immerse yourself in the city’s rich arts and culture scene. From local galleries with exquisite exhibits to neighboring theaters, explore the arts from a local and international perspective, all while enjoying our Louisiana culture. But be sure to add the attractions below to your list. The art and cultural enthusiast won’t want to pass up the chance to experience what they have to offer.  

THE BATON ROUGE GALLERY

In 2016, Baton Rouge Gallery – center for contemporary art (“BRG”) celebrated fifty years of art exhibitions and programming, all aimed at bringing together artists and audiences in the Greater Baton Rouge area.  

BRG has been proud to showcase the work of professional artists including some of the best from Baton Rouge and Louisiana’s contemporary art community. Over the past five decades, some of the most admired visual artists have shared their work on the walls at BRG. Artists like Caroline Durieux, Edward Pramuk, James Burke, Frank Hayden, Paul Dufour, Janice Sachse and many more were there at the inception of the gallery and helped lay the foundation for a new avenue for art to be experienced in Baton Rouge.  

In 1984, BRG entered into a cooperative endeavor agreement with BREC, the parks and recreation department of East Baton Rouge Parish, that would see the organization relocate to its current home in City Park.  

Today, BRG offers new contemporary art exhibitions on a monthly basis featuring professional local and (occasionally) national artists with opening receptions on the first Wednesday of each month. BRG also offers a wealth of cultural programming that bring visitors face-to-face with contemporary art across disciplines, including film, poetry, dance, music and more.

225-383-1470 | www.batonrougegallery.org  

THE LOUISIANA ART AND SCIENCE MUSEUM  

The Louisiana Art & Science Museum is defined by the belief that the disciplines of art and science shape and inform one another and that interdisciplinary experiences enhance the audience’s ability to make connections and discover new ways of seeing and thinking.  

Housed in a historic railroad depot on the banks of the Mississippi River, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum offers educational entertainment for visitors of all ages. The art galleries showcase changing fine art exhibitions and selections from the permanent collection. In the interactive art and science galleries designed just for children, creative and enlightening fun comes in many forms. The Ancient Egypt Gallery houses ancient artifacts and a Ptolemaic-era mummy that rests in a re-created rock-cut tomb. The Irene W. Pennington Planetarium features sky shows, large-format films, visual music shows, and galleries devoted to space science. In the Museum Store at the Art& Science Museum, visitors enjoy shopping for unique handcrafted merchandise, books, toys, and a large selection of objects related to the museum’s exhibits.  

The Museum is located at 100 River Road South in downtown Baton Rouge. The building is next to the Mississippi River and is west of, and across River Road from, the Old State Capitol. Metered parking may be available in front of the Museum on River Road. Additional street parking is available on North Boulevard, Convention Street and adjacent parking lots. For a complete parking guide for the downtown area, please visit the Baton Rouge Downtown Development District.  

225-344-5272 | www.lasm.org

THE WALLS PROJECT  

The Walls Project is a community development organization stimulating Louisiana’s creative economy. Since 2012, The Walls Project has generated over one million dollars in economic resurgence through programs engaging people of all ages to CREATE public and hands-on arts experiences, CULTIVATE creative and technology industry training programs, and REACTIVATE miles of city blocks through monumental collective volunteerism.

The Walls uses the universal medium of art to initiate community outreach. Through a neutral platform, the program has been able to positively engage the community, include them in the planning, and create a trust. With the initiation of murals and other public art works, The Walls Project hopes to revitalize a community, create a sense of pride, and establish a new momentum in the community.

The Walls Project initiatives range from producing ten-story murals on high rise buildings, creating interactive healing-arts sculptures at hospitals, and recycling yard signs into mini-mural canvasses for children. 

Visit www.thewallsproject.org/programs/murals/ for a map of locations of the various art projects and murals to see throughout Baton Rouge.

BATON ROUGE OUTDOOR ART SCENE

Baton Rouge’s museums offer impressive collections of art—but murals, sculptures, statues and other outdoor art has increased exponentially over the past 5 years.

From City Park and Government Street to Downtown Baton Rouge, you’ll find historic statues, bronze and stainless-steel sculptures, and numerous other forms of public art.  In fact, you may discover some of these treasures that others have yet to discover. Comment below to let us know what you have found.

For a sampling of the locations of Baton Rouge’s public art visit https://www.225batonrouge.com/things-to-do/outdoor-art-gallery.  

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