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Louisiana’s Cultural Economy Foundation’s Ode to Louisiana

LCEF toasts state culture with “LA Fête Louisiane.”

Steven Hronek Photographs

The gorgeous grounds of the historic Joan Mitchell Center served as the backdrop to Friday, November 2’s “LA Fête Louisiane,” the third annual fundraiser sponsored by the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation to celebrate the state’s diverse cultural industries that give Louisiana its unique brand and identity.

The celebration of Louisiana culture showcased local musical talent by featuring the Original Pinettes Brass Band, Clint Maedgen, Reese Johanson Performance Collaborative, United Praise Singers and Africa Brass. After 10 p.m., DJ Matty spun 1960s and ’70s dance tunes for the Silent Disco in a creative way to comply with the noise ordinance.

The state’s gastronomic virtuosity was also given the spotlight as guests nibbled on delicious treats from a number of local restaurants, including Pascale’s Manale, Galatoire’s, American Sector and Palace Café.

Top honors of the night went to Mayor Mitch Landrieu, LCEF Lifetime Cultural Economy Leadership Awardee and Jennifer Eplett-Reilly, LCEF Cultural Economy Hero Awardee. Also recognized for their contributions were Sarah Dunn, Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Reece Williams and the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.

The program, also featuring a silent auction, generated close to $100,000. The proceeds will benefit LCEF’s operations and programs that serve statewide cultural industries, with special regards for the Economic Opportunity Fund and the Health Care Initiative.

Event at a Glance


Third annual “LA Fête Louisiane,” benefiting the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation


Friday, November 2


Joan Mitchell Center

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