The North Central Louisiana Arts Council recently announced the appointment of 9 new board members during their annual meeting at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Each of these officers has been extremely active on NCLAC’s committee and will serve the organization in a variety of capacities during the upcoming year.

“We feel that each of the newly- elected members will provide a unique perspective to the organization.  They are passionate, hard-working, and will proudly represent the Ruston community throughout the arts education and business world,” said executive director of NCLAC Leigh Anne Chambers.

New members include:

John Emory Jr. Property Management at Community Trust Bank.

Josh Shirley is the manager of Todd Grave’s, popular fast-food restaurant, Raising Cane’s Fried Chicken Fingers.

Lou Davenport Kavanaugh is a visual artist and the past Curator of Education at Masur’s Museum of Art in Monroe, LA.

Tsegui Emmanuel is a professor of management at Grambling State University

Nicholas Harrison is an instructor in Department of Theatre and Arts at Grambling State University.  In addition, Harrison serves as a producer and on-air talent for ESPN’s innovative radio station 97.7.

Laura Hunt is a talented artist from Ruston, LA.

Robert Brooks is an assistant professor for the School of Artchitecture at Louisiana Tech.

Joycalyn Skinner is an Arcadia representative.

Jennifer Dorsey is a Head Start employee in Farmerville, LA.

NCLAC’s Committee consists of 29 members selected by the Board. In addition, 14 board members are continuing their service and the Board reelected 6 board members through nominations from organizations outside the Board. Each Board member serves a 3-year term.

In addition, the President’s Awards were given to the following individuals for enhancing artistic expression around community.

The Arts Business of the Year was awarded to 102 A Bistro for providing artists and

the community with unique cuisine and art.

The Artist of Year was awarded to Monty Russell for sharing his singing and songwriting talent with the community and supporting fellow artist and Keith “General” Patterson for bringing back the North Louisiana Redneck with his songwriting abilities.

The Murad Award was given to Dolores Williams for her excellenct volunteer work and her distinguished service to the North Central Louisiana Arts Council.

The Patron of the Year was awarded to Chris Kilgore for generously supporting the Art Council’s endeavors.

The Volunteers of the Year was given to Megan Davenport and Meg Waters for their innovative, creative, and tireless service to the North Central Louisiana Arts Council and its programs.