Art Talk Monday: Arts Academy

This week's Art Talk Monday is written by Jessica Slaughter, NCLAC Executive Director.


Everyone is in back-to-school mode right now….young students, college students, educators and parents alike. Here in the NCLAC office, we are scheduling this year’s Arts Academy classes, which is our arts education program that coincides with the academic calendar. NCLAC often holds classes for students during school breaks and weekends to give parents a suitable childcare option that is fun, educational, and affordable.

As an arts nonprofit, NCLAC seeks to provide opportunities for creative expression in our community. Arts education plays an integral part in our programming, and we aim to provide classes that give participants a new experience they’ve been seeking, or more practice in something that already interests them.  We like to offer classes for all ages and in a variety of categories. In the past we’ve had guitar, color theory, puppet making, drama, basic design, etc.

Something new we’re excited about this year is a collaboration with Louisiana Tech’s School of Art Graduate Program. Many of these graduates work with our Summer Arts Camps as well as teach and assist with classes at the university. They will be teaching Arts Academy classes with NCLAC this year, as part of their Graduate Seminar. I’m certain the unique project ideas that are developed by these Masters Candidates will be informative and fun.

The best way to stay abreast of our Arts Academy schedule is to visit our website,, and view our calendar and Arts Academy pages. As classes are scheduled, we’ll post the details and registration information. Pre-registration is always necessary, as we need time to adequately prepare for students. Up first is a visual arts class, for ages 7-12, which will be held on Columbus Day, October 14. Details about the class content will be finalized in the next two weeks.

As you may have read last week, we are holding our annual membership drive right now at the arts council, and one of the benefits of a NCLAC membership is discounted Arts Academy! Every level of membership receives a class discount, so parents, if you plan to send your children to several of our classes this school year, a family membership would be beneficial. NCLAC memberships are integral to the success of our programming. A membership application is available for download at the bottom of your screen in "the box."

Today’s Art Talk is two-fold, because in addition to sharing news about our classes, we also want to invite interested artists to submit proposals for classes. NCLAC is here to serve both artists and the general community; through the Academy classes, we give artists an opportunity to share their passion with others in a classroom setting. Proposals in any artistic genre, from visual arts to drama and music, will be considered. If you have an interesting niche, something others have encouraged you to share, we want to hear about it.

We would love to see submissions for a bookmaking class, a folk art process, a movement class, something for toddlers plus parents, etc. In the past, NCLAC has offered weekend workshops, as well as more extensive classes that span several weeks, so artists are encouraged to propose ideas what will work best with their schedule.

To submit a class proposal, email us at, or call our office at (318)255-1450. We’ll be happy to answer your questions.

NCLAC is supported by its members, and in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency.