This month, we hear from Jessica Slaughter. Jessica is the executive director for the North Central Louisiana Arts Council. in Ruston, LA.
Read along as Jessica shares her passions and the mission guiding their work.
What brought you to this work?
Jessica: NCLAC was formed from a desire within the arts community for a regional arts center and gallery where local artists could display and sell their work. The nonprofit was formed in 1987, and NCLAC's gallery, Piney Hills Gallery, was created in 1989. Since this time, we've forged strong partnerships with artists, nonprofits and community groups; begun and maintained long-running programs like Peach Art Exhibit, Summer Arts Camps and Holiday Art Crawl; and implemented new opportunities like an independent film series and a billboard art contest.
Who do you serve?
Jessica: We serve the parishes of Lincoln, Jackson, Union, Bienville, and Claiborne.
What is your hope?
Jessica: Our hope is to encourage and suport artists, to inspire and educate the public, and to foster and promote partnerships.
What is the one thing you want the public to know about your work?
Jessica: We are here to serve the public, and to help people with their dreams. If you have a business and you want to help support local artists but you're not sure how, give us a call - we'd love to brainstorm with you. If you want to learn to paint but aren't sure how to go about it, give us a call - we'd love to connect you with local painting teachers. If you are an artist and want to get plugged into our local art scene, give us a call - we'd love to share opportunities with you for exhibiting and/or performing. If you wish our community had _______________ for artists, give us a call - we'd love to see if we can find a way to make it happen.