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Red River Radio
9:01 am
Tue April 15, 2014

ArtBreak celebrates 30 years of promoting arts education

Shreveport Regional Arts Council executive director Pam Atchison has ushered ArtBreak through 30 years of promoting arts education in schools.

A student art festival that began 30 years ago at the Municipal Auditorium as a political statement to support art education in Louisiana public schools is bigger than ever today. Organizers of ArtBreak held a press conference Monday to herald the seven-day festival that is expected to attract 50,000 families over one weekend.

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Red River Radio
8:45 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Shreveport agency recruits nearly 1,200 volunteers for litter removal

Scores of volunteers will take to the streets and waterways Saturday to pick up litter as part of the Great American Cleanup.

In Louisiana, 15 chapters of Keep Louisiana Beautiful have organized clean-up efforts. Shreveport Green executive director Donna Curtis says her organization has rallied nearly 1,200 volunteers from dozens of organizations to help the beautification cause, her largest ever one-day volunteer recruitment.

Over the past 24 years of Shreveport Green’s existence, according to Curtis, this one day has made a measurable difference.

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Red River Radio
8:57 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Shreveport cellist to tour with National Youth Orchestra

Eliot Haas of Shreveport will spend his summer touring with the National Youth Orchestra of the United States.

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 9:01 am

Shreveport cellist Eliot Haas, 17, has been selected to play in the National Youth Orchestra of the United States. About 1,000 students applied for Carnegie Hall’s prestigious summer program for teenage musicians. 

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Red River Radio
9:34 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Shreveport principal supports 'medical model' training for teachers

Mary Harris, principal of South Highlands Magnet Elementary in Shreveport, is advocating for a residency model in education that parallels the path to becoming a medical doctor.

A Shreveport elementary school principal was invited to Capitol Hill earlier this month to attend a brainstorming Congressional forum and give closing remarks. The focus was on how the path to becoming a teacher could be modeled after the medical profession. 

Teachers who graduate with four years of college are often thrown into classroom situations they're not totally prepared for, according to Mary Harris, principal of South Highlands Magnet Elementary School.

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12:05 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Death Row Inmate Released From Angola

The entrance to Angola Prison, where Glenn Ford spent decades on death row for a crime he did not commit.
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Glenn Ford released from Angola Prison.

A Louisiana man has been released from death row after serving almost 30 years behind bars. New information shows he was not involved in the murder of a Shreveport jeweler in 1983.

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Red River Radio
9:23 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Voting begins to select new paint color for Jimmie Davis Bridge

The Jimmie Davis Bridge, built in 1968, has about 21,000 vehicles moving across it each day.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development seeks input on the new color for the Jimmie Davis Bridge that connects Shreveport-Bossier over the Red River.

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Red River Radio
8:38 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Cliburn memorial concert marks anniversary of pianist's death

Exactly one year ago, legendary pianist and Shreveport native Van Cliburn died. Tonight in downtown Fort Worth, where the International Piano Competition named for him is held every four years, past winners will pay tribute by performing at a free, outdoor concert.

A month ago, Cliburn Foundation President and CEO Jacques Marquis says the emails went out to all past finalists of the competition. It was an invitation to play for tonight’s anniversary.

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Red River Radio
9:36 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Shreveport's Strand Theatre hosts Kennedy Center festival finalists

Hundreds of college students and faculty from six states are converging at the Strand Theatre in Shreveport for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for Region VI gets underway Wednesday at the Strand Theatre in Shreveport. Six college productions were selected out of 46 eligible works. 

Northwestern State University’s Theatre and Dance department was selected to perform the comedy-thriller “The 39 Steps.” Program coordinator, Scott Burrell, said it’s a privilege to be a Kennedy Center finalist. But, the stakes are higher since the audience is comprised of about 900 students and faculty from colleges in the six-state area.

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Red River Radio
10:23 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Sci-Port cultivates next generation of museum-goers

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 10:55 am

A Cincinnati design firm is refining its plans for a children’s museum in Shreveport after a week-long visit with its client Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center

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Red River Radio
9:58 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Shreveport's Bucket List Chalkboard inspires profound thoughts

The Bucket List Chalkboard in Shreveport captures the dreams of people who step up to the art installation and contribute their beliefs.

At the close of 2013, it’s a good time to check in on the Bucket List Chalkboard in Shreveport. The giant chalkboard with a bold yellow frame has three words across the top: “Before I die…” People step up on a platform, pick their chalk color, and write or draw what they feel. 

Plain Dealing, La., artist Megan Davis-Taylor designed and built the chalkboard through a grant from the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. It’s been traveling around Shreveport Common since September.

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