The Central ARTSTATION – Shreveport Common’s newest neighbor AND anchor for the Cultural Community – is officially OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Thursday, February 28, 2013 held the Grand Public Opening and “ribbon” cutting ceremony for the fully restored 1922 Central Fire Station. The building has been re-purposed as an Arts Incubator, Resource Center, Performance Space, and Administrative “Command Central” for the staff of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. 65% of the Central ARTSTATION is dedicated to the Artists and Arts Organizations of Northwest Louisiana, complete with an Arts Business Center, Library, Conference Space, and Emerging Artists Gallery.
All photos featured on this post are from the Shreveport Times – Henrietta Wildsmith.
Learn more about the Grand Opening festivities and the Central ARTSTATION by visiting the following links:
Grand Opening Events “re-cap” by Maggie Martin, The Shreveport Times – Dazzling Donors
LIVE coverage of the Grand Opening “Ribbon Cutting” from KLSA 12 – SRAC’s new home
From KTBS 3 – Grand Opening
From the Shreveport Times – Central ARTSTATION opens
From the Ark-La-Tex Homepage – Shreveport Regional Arts Council prepares
From the Shreveport Times – Final Prep
Following the Grand Opening events, the audience was invited to take a stroll or catch a trolley to artspace for the opening of Critical Mass. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Critical Mass featured 83 artists from Northwest Louisiana. Learn more in this article from WWNO – Art Critic Series.