Outreach Performances

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East Baton Rouge Housing Authority Outreach Performances

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 want to have quality arts programming in your own community? Contact Leea Russell at lrussell@artsbr.org or 225-344-8558 ext. 227 to get started!

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. 

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

Tuesday, October 16th, 10:30 am-11:15 am:
Michael Foster Project

Wednesday, November 7th, 10:30 am-11:15 am:
Lagniappe Trio: Flute, Harp, Viola

Wednesday, December 12th, 10:30 am-11:15 am: Brass Ensemble Christmas Carol Celebration

Wednesday, January 16th, 10:30 am-11:15 am:
Kay Sherwood White and Kimberly Hilliard:
Voice and Piano

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

If you are interested in volunteering for Community of Note, please contact Jena Vangjel at jena.vangjel@gmail.com.

About Jena Vangjel

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Jena Vangjel, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, is a dynamic freelance trumpeter, teaching artist, and arts administrator in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the surrounding area. She has performed with orchestras across the country, including the New World Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Tucson Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, among others, and frequently performs in concerts and recitals around the world. Vangjel is fiercely passionate about using music to create community. She got her start in this work as a musician and administrator with Street Symphony, a world-renowned organization that brings interactive classical performances to severely disenfranchised communities affected by homelessness and incarceration in Los Angeles County. In the summer of 2018, Vangjel participated in a series of community engagement concerts in three cities in Japan, performing for victims of the devastating 2011 tsunami who remain displaced. She now programs high-quality classical performances at the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless, reaching the city’s most underserved citizens. Vangjel is a teaching artist with the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, teaching music at Greenville Alternative Middle School in North Baton Rouge, and maintains a private studio. She holds a Master of Music degree in Trumpet Performance from The Colburn School in Los Angeles, CA, and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory.

River City Jazz Masters Outreach Performances

Our River City Jazz Masters School Performances are designed to provide students with a unique experience that exposes them 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. This year, we will also offer an open sound check and question/answer session, which will be free and open to the public. These performances are held at the Manship Theatre and are in close proximity to other museums and cultural organizations in the downtown Baton Rouge area. To reserve your tickets, please contact Leea Russell, Director of Education and Community Engagement at lrussell@artsbr.org or (225) 344-8558 ext. 227. 

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


School performance: Etienne charles, creole soul

February 27, 2019
10:30 AM
Manship Theatre, Downtown Baton Rouge
$10 per student ticket
1 free chaperone/teacher ticket with the purchase of 10 student tickets


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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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. Flamenco Rouge is available for performances, single classes, or week-long residencies for the following dates:

January 21-25, 2019

February 18-22, 2019

March 18-22, 2019

April 4-8, 2019

April 22-29, 2019

June 3-7, 2019

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 lrussell@artsbr.org or (225) 344-8558 ext. 227