Arts & Culture

The City of Lake Charles Office of Arts & Culture supports creativity at the grassroots level, making investments in dozens of festivals, community cultural projects and youth arts programs each year. Southwest Louisiana is home to a thriving arts community, complete with exhibitions, festivals, dance, music and live theatre performances.

Partnering with the Arts & Humanities Council of SWLA to distribute funds, the Lake Charles Partnership Assistance Grant provides a total of $27,000 to arts organizations and art projects domiciled within the City of Lake Charles.

Past recipients include organizations such as Artists Civic Theatre & Studio (ACTS), Black Heritage Festival, Lake Charles Community Band, Bulber Youth Orchestra, Children’s Theatre Company, Louisiana Choral Foundation, Children’s Museum, Cajun French Music Association, McNeese Banners Series and many, many more.

The Lake Charles Partnership Assistance Grant has also provided start-up funds for projects including Dancing Classrooms, the Lake Charles Symphony, “Christmas in Louisiana” by the Lake Charles Civic Ballet, the DownTown Lake Charles Crawfish Festival, “Premieres of Louisiana Women” by the Itinerant Theatre, CultureFest Louisiana, and the Lake Charles Film Festival.

The City of Lake Charles’ “Light Up the Lake” Christmas Festival and “Red, White, Blue and You” Fourth of July Festivals have been recognized by the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events numerous times. These arts and culture events are just some of the reasons why Lake Charles was ranked in the top 10 happiest cities in America by the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research.

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Lake Charles, LA 70601
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