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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
CATS and Red Stick Project announce winners of Red Stick Bicentennial Art Contest
Who: CATS, Red Stick Project
What: Winners of Bicentennial Art Contest Announced
When: Artwork on display during the holiday season
Where: Displayed on buses, at bus shelters and in CATS buildings
Why: In celebration of Baton Rouge’s Bicentennial
BATON ROUGE, (Oct.16, 2017) – The Capital Area Transit System (CATS) and The Red Stick Project are pleased to announce the winners of the Red Stick Bicentennial Art Contest. Baton Rouge youth from a diversity of schools including private, public, parochial, charter, and home schools were invited to participate. The contest celebrates 200 years of Baton Rouge’s history and future in public transportation and embraced ALL types of transportation. Participating schools included Magnolia Woods, Glen Oaks Park, Dufrocq, Baton Rouge Foreign Language Academic Immersion Magnet (FLAIM), Buchanan, Glasgow Middle, Sherwood Middle, Westdale Middle, McKinley Middle, Baton Rouge Magnet High, McKinley High, and Woodlawn High. Winning designs will be displayed in advertising spaces at bus shelters, on buses, and inside CATS buildings during the holiday season in celebration of the Baton Rouge Bicentennial. Public display of the kids’ work will help instill city pride in the participants as well as pride in their work.
The winners are:
1st place – Sofia Baia 3rd grade, Buchanan
2nd place - Sitan Gao 5th grade, Buchanan
3rd place - Youssef Ismaili 2nd grade, BR FLAIM
1st place - Loren Myers 8th grade, Westdale Middle
2nd place - Arabelle Betzwieser 8th grade, Westdale Middle
3rd place - Katie Wang 8th grade, Glasgow Middle
1st place - Breanna Russell 9th grade, Woodlawn High
2nd place - Erica Huang 12th grade, McKinley Senior High
3rd place - Selia Jindal 11th grade, Baton Rouge Magnet High
Designs were created with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) principles in mind and included one or more public transportation modes which have been used in Baton Rouge over the past or future 200 years. The winners were chosen by a panel from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. The contest was in collaboration with Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and Division of Fine Arts of East Baton Rouge Parish Schools.
Contact: Evelyn Ware, Red Stick Project, Board Chair, 225-571-6134
The mission of the Red Stick Project is to restore pride, purpose and passion in Baton Rouge communities through the arts. The Red Stick Project recently produced a room of nostalgic murals, “Memory Lane,” at an assisted living facility for Alzheimer’s residents. Other public art include, “Starry Night Over Red Stick” at BREC; a series of French impressionistic murals on Harry Drive; “Wheat Fields in the Sun” on Van Gogh Ave.; a 3-D mural on Titian Ave.; military murals at a veterans’ shelter and more.
This program is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.
(A press release by Visit Baton Rouge)
P.S., The Bicentennial Postcard
An invitation to out-of-town family and friends to visit Louisiana’s capital city this bicentennial year
Baton Rouge, La. – During the latter half of 2017, Baton Rouge’s Bicentennial year, Visit Baton Rouge in collaboration with the Louisiana Office of Tourism and 225 Magazine are releasing the Baton Rouge Bicentennial Postcards. The postcards, which include the required postage will be available in the latest edition of 225, available on Oct. 1.
Baton Rouge residents are encouraged to send the postcards to out-of-town family and friends and invite them to come and experience their hometown this fall or winter. The weather is perfect, the events are plentiful, and with new restaurants, shops and attractions, there’s good reason to stick around for a few days. Whether they visit some of their favorite places from their childhood or college days, we encourage residents to get out and explore Louisiana’s capital city and create new memories with their out-of-town guests. They can also get a head start and invite them to experience Mardi Gras or one of the many festivals next spring.
Additional postcards are available at area locations, including: East Baton Rouge Parish Libraries, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, and Visit Baton Rouge. A full list of locations can be found on www.BatonRouge200.com. In an effort to assist residents with writing their picture-perfect postcard, we have included some ideas to help them get started:
A similar postcard project was done years ago, an idea of the late E.J. Ourso who believed that tourism benefited the entire community. The campaign called the "P.S. Baton Rouge”, which stood for "Positive Selling," reached far and wide and allowed residents to invite others to come and experience the town they called home.
“This yearlong celebration has allowed us to look at what we’ve done in the past and repeat those successes, and the P.S. Baton Rouge Campaign was a great example of that,” said Paul Arrigo, president & CEO of Visit Baton Rouge.
Arrigo added, “Whether a native or new to Baton Rouge, this offers residents a chance to get out and explore and experience their hometown with out-of-town visitors during this year’s Bicentennial, marking 200 years as an incorporated city.”
Need some help planning? A complete list of events, restaurants, shops and hotels is available on www.VisitBatonRouge.com or visit the Baton Rouge Bicentennial website, www.BatonRouge200.com. Residents are also encouraged to stop by one of Baton Rouge’s Welcome Centers to gather ideas and brochures help plan their time spent with their out-of-town family and friends. Here’s a look at a few of the events coming up:
The Baton Rouge Advocate is commemorating the Bicentennial through special editions of the paper sponsored by local companies.
The Advocate says, "In celebration of Baton Rouge’s bicentennial, The Advocate is sharing moments from the past, tapping its 175 years of serving the community. Throughout the year, we are publishing pages from our archives which capture some of the local, national and world happenings -- everything from wars and hurricanes to festivals and social events -- that helped shape our city. We hope you enjoy them."
View all of the throwback editions here!
Local Baton Rouge artist and award-winning cartoonist, David Norwood has created a poster to commemorate the 200th birthday of Baton Rouge.
200 copies of the posters were printed, numbered and signed individually by Norwood. Be sure to "like" Baton Rouge 200 on Facebook for your chance to win a poster!
Six square blocks straddled Calle Floridana — Florida Street — 200 years ago, when the sleepy Mississippi River outpost of Baton Rouge was incorporated as a Louisiana city that grew around a downtown now back on the rise... Read More.
The Red Stick turns 200 on Tuesday, and residents and businesses can join in the celebration with Wear Red Day to show their city pride...
Come out to celebrate Baton Rouge's 200th Birthday with the Downtown Business Association!
January 17, 2017 | North Boulevard Town Square | 11:00am-1:30pm | FREE to attend
11:00: Press conference
11:30: Live music from Nick Abraham Band
Downtown attractions will be setup in Town Square to talk with the public about their 2017 programming. Come out during your lunch hour to celebrate Baton Rouge's 200th Birthday and enjoy some live music!
DON'T FORGET TO WEAR YOUR RED!
View event on DBA's Facebook
Baton Rouge 200 partners, The Greater Baton Rouge Business Report, with the help of generous sponsors Exxon Mobil and J.P. Morgan Chase, have announced a 12-part series entitled “Celebrating 200 Years of Baton Rouge.” Throughout 2017, as Baton Rouge celebrates its 200th year of incorporation, you’ll find a new monthly feature inside every edition of Business Report--as well as its sister publications 225 and inRegister.
Read "Part 1: 1817 - 1870" Here