Calendar

Feb
3
Sat
Mask-Making Family Workshop
Feb 3 all-day

Families of all ages are invited to find their way to making amazing wearable masterpieces to keep after following a scavenger hunt stocked with surprise activities through the museum’s 3-D Beads: A Mardi Gras Art Celebration and Creoles du Monde exhibits. This program is free and open to the public.

Feb
8
Thu
Manship Theatre Screening of Black Orpheus
Feb 8 all-day

This 1959 film made in Brazil is an adaptation of the Greek legend of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set during Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro. For ticket information, visit http://www.manshiptheatre.org.

Mar
3
Sat
Fait à la Main: Acadian Handicrafts
Mar 3 – Aug 5 all-day

On March 3, 2018 the West Baton Rouge Museum will open a new exhibition entitled Fait à la Main: The Acadian Handicraft Project. This exhibit will feature traditional Acadian handiwork such as brown cotton woven textiles, hand sewing and wood crafts created by Louisiana artisans who participated in the handicraft project. Crafts produced by modern artisans will also be featured to show how Acadian traditions are being kept alive today.

The Acadian Handicraft Project began in 1942 and was based at Louisiana State University. Its purpose was to support French language and culture in Louisiana. Field representative Louise Olivier traveled the state purchasing crafts, mostly textiles, from Acadians and marketed them for sale. The project provided a sales outlet and source of income to Acadian women who had not previously worked outside the home, as well as encouraged craftspeople to continue the traditions involved in creating these pieces. Mrs. Olivier worked with internationally known writers and magazines, providing them material about Acadian culture that would help to promote the Acadian Handicraft Project. The Acadian Handicraft Project was at the height of its popularity in 1962 when Louise Olivier passed away, but the seeds for CODOFIL, the Council for Development of French in Louisiana, were planted and the traditions of Acadian craftwork were preserved. This exhibit is based on research conducted by the LSU Textile and Costume Museum and runs through August 5, 2018.

May
19
Sat
Tractors: Rural Engine-nuity
May 19 – Aug 5 all-day
Aug
18
Sat
50th Anniversary Gala
Aug 18 all-day
Golden Anniversary: Treasures from the Collection
Aug 18 – Oct 28 all-day

In honor of the West Baton Rouge Museum’s 50th Anniversary, the West Baton Rouge Historical Association is opening the vault to display objects from our collection that document the rich cultural history of our parish. Many of these objects will be on display for the first time!

Oct
20
Sat
Malaika Favorite: Washboard City
Oct 20 2018 – Jan 20 2019 all-day

Louisiana folk artist Malaika Favorite is known for her creative interpretations of history. In her latest series, Washboard City, scrub-boards are used as a symbol of the hard work, discipline, and determination of black women in the south.

Oct
25
Thu
Clay Sculpture Workshop with West Baton Rouge artist, Mary Guarisco
Oct 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Space is limited. Advanced registration is required by calling 225-336-2422 Ext. 200. FREE.

Nov
3
Sat
Picturing Nam
Nov 3 – Dec 30 all-day

This exhibit, curated by the National Archives, features some of the hundreds of thousands of photographs that military photographers stationed in Vietnam took to document American Armed Forces activities.

Nov
15
Thu
Wine and Watercolor Workshop with Troy Hotard
Nov 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Space is limited.  To reserve your spot, call 225-336-2422 x200. FREE.