The Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation has awarded a $10,000 one-year grant to the North Central Louisiana Arts Council (NCLAC) to strengthen cultural economy. This grant will build upon NCLAC's on-going efforts to foster opportunities for creative expression and provide high-quality, accessible programs within the five parishes of Lincoln, Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson, and Union.  The North Central Louisiana Arts Council is a regional arts center and gallery located in downtown Ruston at the Dixie Center for the Arts.  Since 1988, its mission has been to shed light on artists, while supporting entertainment events around the community.

 The Beaird Family Foundation is a nationally recognized institution that has been under the leadership of Beaird family members since 1960.  Over the years, it has donated millions to non-profit organizations and supported interests ranging from education, housing, health care, social services, the arts and community development. This grant is part of foundation’s attempts to maintain stability and ensure the success of smaller organizations in Shreveport and local areas.

 Due to losing $25,000 from budget cuts, NCLA is expected to use the grant for operational expenses and determined to raise the remaining $15,000.

 For corporate businesses or individuals wishing to donate or gain more information on The North Central Louisiana Arts Council, please call 318-255-1450, visit or their blog at

 The Carolyn W. and Charles T. Beaird Family Foundation have provided local as well as national assistance to qualified nonprofit organizations for more than 50 years.

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