Community Engagement

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge partners with many organizations to offer interactive performances and arts demonstrations throughout the capital region, for people of all ages and backgrounds. We work with highly-skilled teaching artists to curate arts experiences that eschew pretense and embrace accessibility, bringing to life the freedom, fun, and beauty that only art can offer.

Baton Rouge Poet Laureate Program

The Baton Rouge Poet Laureate Program (BRPLP) celebrates Baton Rouge’s rich culture and diversity through the work of a poet who will represent Baton Rouge by creating excitement about poetry through outreach, programs, teaching, and written work.

Important dates:

April 10, 2019: Application Process opens 

April 26, 2019: Deadline for applications to be received 

May 7, 2019: Mayor Sharon Weston Broome announces the 2019-20 Baton Rouge Poet Laureate at 

East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library on Goodwood Boulevard.

Click here for more information and to find out what the criteria are for nomination.

River City Jazz Masters Educational Experience

Our River City Jazz Masters Education Experiences are designed to expose students to various styles of jazz music in an authentic theatre setting. School performances contain educational components that fulfill selected National Core Arts Standards in music, as well as Louisiana Student Standards in English Language Arts and Social Studies. We also offer an open sound check and question/answer session. These presentations are held at the Manship Theatre and are in close proximity to other museums and cultural organizations in the downtown Baton Rouge area.

If you are interested in engaging your class with jazz music on a deeper level, consider incorporating our Introduction to Jazz Curriculum into your lesson plans. Click below to learn more about this curriculum and print your free materials today!

Questions? Contact Leea Russell, Director of Education and Community Engagement at 225-344-8558 ext. 227 or


open sound check and q&A with Etienne charles, creole soul

February 27, 2019
4:00-5:00 pm
Manship Theatre, Downtown Baton Rouge
FREE and open to the public


Open sound check and Q&A Session with Monterey jazz festival on tour

March 28, 2019
4:00 - 5:00 pm
Manship Theatre, Downtown Baton Rouge
FREE and open to the public

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East Baton Rouge Parish
Housing Authority

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge has partnered with the East Baton Rouge Housing Authority to provide quality interactive arts outreach to their communities. We are sending some of our best teaching artists and performers in to bring the arts alive for families living at housing authority sites. Events include painting, drumming, puppetry, theatre, dance, and so much more!

Communities served include:
Ardenwood Village, River South, Duane Street, Capitol Square, Clarksdale Apartments, Scotland Villa, Kelly Terrace, and Zion Terrace. If you are a resident at any of these locations, check your community calendar to see when you can participate.

Not a resident at any of these locations but would like quality arts programming in your own community? Contact Leea Russell at or 225-344-8558 ext. 227 to find out more!

Community of Note

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge proudly supports Community of Note—a new program created by classical musician and teaching artist Jena Vangjel. Community of Note organizes monthly musical performances, engaging the community at the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless.

The Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless serves as the continuum of care for the Louisiana parishes of Ascension, East & West Baton Rouge, East & West Feliciana, Iberville, and Pointe Coupee.   From its inception, CAAH members have worked together as a community to strategically enhance services available to individuals who become homeless by coordinating resources available through non-profit organizations and governmental entities like the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. 


Upcoming Performances:

Wednesday, February 20th
10:30 am-11:15 am:

Flamenco Rouge

All events are free and open to the public, and will take place at 153 N. 17th Street in Baton Rouge.

If you are interested in volunteering for Community of Note, please contact Jena Vangjel at


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Flamenco Rouge Outreach Performances

Through educational outreach and residency programs, Flamenco Rouge seeks to educate and enlighten persons of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds by exposing them to the art of flamenco dance and guitar.

To learn more about how to bring this unique art form to your school or community organization, please contact Leea Russell, Director of Education and Community Engagement, at or (225) 344-8558 ext. 227.