Saturday, April 2, 2011

Corporate Sponsors Needed!

Corporate partners needed to help finance the Spring Arts Festival #15
Minden, LA—Cultural Crossroads' 17th annual festival of the arts is seeking additional corporate dollars to support their annual Spring Arts Festival estimated to cost more than $25,000 to produce. The Spring Arts Festival is a weekend filled with art related activities, contests, exhibits and demonstrations aimed at promoting the arts to children and their families as well as art enthusiasts in neighboring parishes and states. The Spring Arts Festival is supported in part by grant dollars from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and the Shreveport Arts Council. Webster Parish's Convention and Visitor's Bureau is supporting this year's festival with a capital grant and an advertising grant. Last year's festival saw more than $10,000 in additional funds come from local corporations and businesses. Any proceeds from this annual event are used to provide Arts in Education projects in area schools. Letters and personal contacts with area businesses and corporations are being made during the next week in an effort to raise the additional $10,000 needed. Anyone interested in supporting the arts organization, may call Chris Broussard at 318-393-5991 or email Cultural Crossroads is the official arts organization for Webster Parish with 501c3 federal non profit status. All donations are tax deductible. "The funds we raise to host this festival allows us to offer all the art related activities and contests to children free of charge," states Mrs. Broussard, festival coordinator. "It's important that these wonderful art experiences are made available to all the children of our parish," Broussard adds. "With little or no arts in our school curriculums, this is for most of these children, their first real art experience, comments Mrs. Broussard. Three days of activities have been set aside to celebrate the arts this year. Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29th are reserved for nearly 500 area third graders who will spend a "Day on the Farm." Their fun filled day of art related activities will include working side by side with professional artists while creating works of art in a variety of mediums and disciplines. And all of this is provided free of charge to every child in attendance. The farm gates will open at 9am on Saturday, April 30th for the parish-wide talent search. More than 600 children from across the parish will compete in a variety of art contests while earning points to win the coveted title of "Most Talented School" and "Most Talented Student." The farm grounds will be filled with artisans displaying and demonstrating their art. The Spring Arts Festival is held annually on Cultural Crossroads' four acre 'farm' located on the corner of East Union and Talton Street in Minden. Admission is $5 for adults and all students get in free. Visit their website for details. More information about the Spring Arts Festival can be found on their website and blog at

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