Arts & Culture Hollywood of the South The Bossier City-Shreveport area has worn the face of many places in the world through film. Recently known as the “Hollywood of the South,” Bossier-Shreveport was home to more than 100 movies and television shows such as Olympus Has Fallen, Battle Los Angeles and True Blood, this has become the new hot spot for the film industry. Learn more at Film ShreveportBossier. Bossier Arts Council Bossier Arts Council The Bossier Arts Council is dedicated to promoting, supporting, and providing cultural events and programming in order to enhance the quality of life and to develop a cultural identity for Bossier Parish. They have various programs and events throughout the year, including their annual fundraiser, ARTini. GALLERIES East Bank Gallery The East Bank Gallery Fine Arts Center is a satellite location for the Bossier Arts Council. It provides exhibition space, office and studios, conference room, and event location. Programming includes quarterly art exhibitions, monthly literary readings, quarterly songwriter events, gift shop, and additional family friendly events. Gallery Fine Arts Center Gallery Fine Art Center opened in May of 2009 and is located in Airline Plaza at 2151 Airline Drive, Suite 200 in Bossier City (between I-220 and I-20). We are an affiliate of Brunner Gallery, one of Louisiana’s most popular and well recognized contemporary fine art galleries, extending their network of local regional and national artists to the Ark-La-Tex. Art patrons and visitors can expect the same professional services along with the highest quality artwork that has become the Brunner trademark over the past 15 years. Rick and Susan Brunner are excited about the affiliation which expands the visual art experience to include photography and film. Exhibitions are rotated every other month. A curator’s circle event and a reception for the artist is planned for each exhibition. R.W. Norton Art Gallery Free to the public for enjoyment and enlightenment, R.W. Norton Art Gallery is a nonprofit museum built in 1966 which houses incomparable collections of American and European paintings, sculptures and decorative arts spanning four centuries. In addition, the Norton is set amidst 40 beautifully landscaped acres, including azalea gardens complete with more than 15,000 plants. THEATER/FILM East Bank Theater The East Bank Theatre is one of BAC’s longest running projects. This intimate blackbox seats approximately 120 people and shows an average of one production per month. Utilized by both the Arts Council and local renting companies this theatre sees over 10,000 audience members in one year. River City Repertory Theatre River City Rep opens the door to a multitude of opportunities for our local students and actors who wish to pursue careers in theatre, while also featuring guest actors, directors and designers from across the nation. The best theatre practitioners from the region can now develop their art right here in North Louisiana, thus contributing to our state’s cultural economy. By tapping into an incredibly deep talent pool, River City Rep also benefits the growing film industry in Louisiana. Patrons can now experience the highest caliber of professional theatre — right here in Shreveport! Robinson Film Center The Robinson Film Center provides a venue for independent, international, and classic cinema while serving as a resource for film production and media education. Shreveport Little Theatre Shreveport Little Theatre, founded in 1922, is possibly the oldest continuously producing Community Theater in America, as the theatre produced without interruption throughout the Great Depression and World War II, and after two fires, longevity unprecedented in contemporary community theatre. The Strand Theatre This restored historic theatre continues to be the home of the highest-quality entertainment throughout the decades including top touring Broadway productions, concerts, and comedy shows. FINE ARTS Shreveport Symphony Orchestra A professional symphonic orchestra that performs a wide repertoire of musical performances. Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet The Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet was founded in 1973 to promote and preserve the art of classical ballet in our community. As one of the oldest arts organizations in Shreveport-Bossier, the ballet has strived to present full-length classical ballet performances at affordable ticket prices, while providing a venue for local dancers to perform and train with professional choreographers and dancers. Shreveport Opera The mission of Shreveport Opera is to produce professional opera and musical productions of the highest artistic quality and to provide educational programming and outreach to children, youth and adults in the Ark-La-Tex region. Annually, Shreveport Opera produces three professional main stage productions as well as hosts numerous special events including The Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition. Shreveport Opera also tours the Shreveport Opera Xpress (SOX) education and outreach program, reaching approximately 50,000 children, youth, and adults with the performances and their social messages. It is the only opera education and outreach program of its kind in the state! MUSEUMS/GARDENS Louisiana State Exhibit Museum Unique in both its massive circular layout and its world-renowned dioramas, and acclaimed for its huge fresco and Native American artifacts, the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum (LSEM) houses many dynamic collections and rotating exhibits that offer insight into the history and culture of Louisiana and beyond. Free admission. Multicultural Center of the South Through cultural exhibits, musical programs and artistic demonstrations, the center encourages visitors to take a journey to distant lands to learn about the practices and traditions transported to this country by both long-ago and present day immigrants. Exhibits reflect the cultures of Creoles, Hispanics, Italians, Indians and more. Southern University Museum of Art This museum offers visitors a chance to experience the beauty and diversity of the more than 300 exquisite pieces of African and African American art and artifacts on display. American Rose Gardens The spectacular Gardens of the American Rose Center are located on a 118-acre wooded tract near Shreveport, Louisiana. The gardens are home to the national headquarters of the American Rose Society. We are the nation’s largest park dedicated to roses. The gardens were dedicated in 1974, when the American Rose Society headquarters moved to Shreveport, Louisiana from Columbus, Ohio. Today, the American Rose Center features more than 65 individual rose gardens and 20,000 rosebushes, with a variety of companion plants, sculptures and fountains, including the beautiful Dudley Watkins Reflection Pool.