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Art Education

NCLAC’s annual School Show Performance is a partnership between the Dixie Center for the Arts and NCLAC to host visiting musical artists at the Dixie, who perform for and educate an audience of Lincoln Parish 6th graders.

NCLAC will hold its 2017 School Show Performance on October 17 at the Dixie Center for the Arts. This year will feature a Brass Quintet from the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. This exclusive private performance is for Lincoln Parish middle-schoolers. This year’s show is sponsored by the generous arts supporters Catherine and Winston McVea. A strong partnership with Lincoln Parish Achieve and the Dixie Center for the Arts help make this a free educational field trip for students. Learn more about the Shreveport Symphony here.


2016: NCLAC held its annual School Show Performance on Thursday, September 22 at the Dixie Center for the Arts in Ruston, LA.

This year’s show was Aesop’s Classic Fables, performed by Madcap Productions from Cincinnati, OH. Following the morning performance at the Dixie Center that included students from Bayou Homeschoolers, Lincoln Preparatory Charter, Montessori School of Ruston, Ruston Christian Homeschoolers, and Simsboro School, Madcap traveled to Athens, LA for a performance at Mt. Olive Christian School.

Since 1981, Madcap Productions has enriched learning experiences with performances based on world literature and cultures. Madcap demonstrates that Puppet Theater is the crossroads of the arts – a unique place where the fine arts, the lyric arts, and the dramatic arts come together.

This educational performance was free for all participating schools and students thanks to sponsorship by Ruston Civic Symphony Society and a grant from Walmart, plus a partnership with the Dixie Center for the Arts and Lincoln Parish Achieve.


Our major teen projects are a photojournalism workshop, My Vision, My Voice, and a drama and literacy workshop, Drama Warehouse. Both programs are for teens outside of Lincoln Parish.  We hold these programs every other year with regional partners within their respective parishes, when funding allows.


My Vision My Voice combines reading, writing and photography through a 6-week series of photojournalism workshops held in the fall.  The students learn how to use the basics of digital photography and journalism to investigate and tell their own stories about themselves, their dreams, their community, and/or their family. Typically the students in the program will attend one session a week, culminating in a final writing and photography project.



Drama Warehouse combines reading, writing and performing arts through a 6-week series of theatre workshops held in the spring. Typically the students in the program will attend one session a week, culminating in a final performance.


My Vision, My Voice 2015 December 1, 2015 - My Vision, My Voice 2015: 12 teens from the Louisiana Methodist Children's Home are being led on an exploration of photojournalism. The four objectives of the program are (1) to teach basics of photography and journalism, (2) to increase literacy skills, (3) to teach creative expression through writing and photography, and (4) to raise students’ self-esteem. ...