Monday, June 21, 2010

Artists converge on Central Fire Station to ponder its best use as HQ for SRAC and as an art center for West Edge of Shreveport; tours, meetings on Wed & Th, June 23, 24

Concrete, stucco, ceramic tile, terra cotta, and brick: Central Fire Station, 801 Crocket, was built as an Italian Renaissance center in 1922 of this classic array of materials.

Today it is on the verge of a re-do that will restore former glory, says SRAC's Pam Atchison. The city and the arts organization have settled upon Central Fire Station as the new HQ for Shreveport Regional Arts Council.

Artists have been invited to participate in the review of Central Fire Station on Wed, June 23 at 1:30 pm. They will join Gregory Free, Central Fire Station architect, for a tour of the owl-studded building.

Plans include an emerging artists gallery, “day space” for artists and arts organizations; an arts resource room; and a black box theatre for performances and rehearsals.

Wednesday, June 23 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm – Performing Artists will meet with Gregory Free to discuss the opportunities and needs within a Black Box Theatre.

On Thursday, June 24 at artspace, there is an additional opportunity, says Atchison, to engage in a conversation about Arts Development.

5:30 pm – 7:15 pm - Following the Roster Artists Meeting on Thursday, June 24 at 5:30 pm @ artspace, Shreveport Regional Arts Council will host a design process to hear your ideas for developing the “Shreveport Commons” area into the expanded West Edge Arts and Cultural District.

There are ideas to be considered for bike trails, green space, an arts market, studio space, artists’ live and work space, and much more.

Info: 673 6500

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