Today’s Art Talk is from Peter Jones, President of the NCLAC Board of Directors.
I was a charter member of the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, and signed the original articles of incorporation on the third of June 1987, along with Susan Roach and Charlotte Bailey. Since then I have served on the board, served as vice president, and currently serve as board president. It has been a great pleasure to watch this organization develop and flourish, both in Ruston and in the adjoining parishes it has served.
From the very beginning, NCLAC worked closely with Ruston Community Theatre. We carefully considered two possible downtown sites for their potential as gallery and performance venues. When the old Dixie became available, our second executive director, Mary Ann Lewis, served on the newly formed Dixie board, and worked long and hard to make the present landmark building a reality. NCLAC’s office is in the Dixie, and RCT mounts splendid sold-out productions there. The whole block has been beautifully remodeled, and folks driving north on 167 can appreciate the flourishing of the arts in Ruston, as downtown Ruston becomes a cultural magnet.
Soon, as a result of Mayor Ronny Walker’s vision and initiative, a refurbished Federal Building will complement the Dixie Center so the complete block, on both sides of Vienna Street, will serve all the arts. Together, these two buildings will enrich our town for generations to come, and NCLAC will play a key role in the new space.
As we draw to the end of a wonderful year for the North Central Louisiana Arts Council, I’d like NCLAC’s friends to consider a year-end contribution, so we can start the New Year with renewed enthusiasm. Our Executive Director, Jessica Slaughter, ably assisted by Cara Beth Buie and two intrepid interns, has a great year in store for us, with presentations of more excellent independent films from the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, the always-welcome Summer Arts Camps, the fall school show at the Dixie, exhibitions of local artists, the Holiday Arts Tour, and the Mardi Gras Ball. As a bonus to members, NCLAC membership provides free tickets to the film series.
If you deduct your charitable contributions, as I do, it makes sense to do so at the end of the year. A dated check, with a 2017 postmark, or a credit card charge before the end of this month, will ensure that your donation will be deductible for this year.
I am very grateful for all the contributions, memberships, and past participations in the Keep the Arts Afloat fundraisers.
You may make your contribution to NCLAC by mail to Po Box 911 in Ruston; in person at our office inside the Dixie Center for the Arts; or online at nclac.org. With your help we look forward to a splendid new year.