Friday, June 17, 2005

Texas St / Art St: Bill Scott's Kuumba Gallery and Academy of the Visual Arts

The streets of Chicago seem palpable at 605 Texas St. There painter-entrepreneur Bill Scott, native to Chicago, has his studio and Kuumba Gallery.

After studying graphic design at Portland Community College in Oregon in the early 90s, Scott won a Fine Arts degree from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1999.

In Shreveport, 2001, he founded Achievement Through Art, Inc, to serve disadvantaged youth. He was awarded the Shreveport Regional Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship in 2003.

Today Scott is facing his newest adventure, management of the Northwest Louisiana Black Arts Festival 2005, to be held at the Municipal Auditorium, July 9 and 10.

"The idea for the Black Arts Fest was born at a cultural arts conference in New Orleans in December," he explained. "There are a lot of people across America who travel the Deep South in the summertime to visit their relatives. They need something nice to see and to do. And that's the genesis of the Northwest Louisiana Black Arts Fest."

More info: 213-8001.

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