Calendar

Jul
21
Sun
Cajun French Music Association- Jam Session @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Jul 21 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

If you are interested in traditional Cajun and French music, put the 3rd Sundays of the month from 3:00pm-5:00pm on your calendar! The West Baton Rouge Museum will be hosting Cajun Jam Sessions sponsored by the Baton Rouge CFMA Chapter. Each month, a different artist will lead a group of interested musicians from throughout the area. So- get out your instrument and join in!

The West Baton Rouge Museum is the new, permanent host for this musical event. A space will be set up in the Brick Gallery for musicians, spectators, and even dancers! The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. It is a free event and we encourage anyone who is interested to check it out!

****Please note that because of Father’s Day, the June Jam Session will be moved to the next week, June 23.

 

 

 

Jul
28
Sun
Acadian Day @ St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Activity Center
Jul 28 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to announce that it will be helping sponsor the 2nd Annual WBR Acadian Heritage Celebration scheduled for Sunday, July 28, 2019. The Event will be held at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Activity Center located at 402 South Kirkland Dr. In Brusly from 2:00-6:00pm. Attendees are encouraged to bring along old photos of their ancestors. The LeJune Family is this year’s featured family. There will be music, dancing, door prizes, and free jambalaya. All Acadian descendants will find something of interest.

For more information, please contact Gwenn Laviolette, Director of Education, at (225)-336-2422 x201.

Aug
9
Fri
Back To School Teacher Party @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Aug 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Calling all teachers! The West Baton Rouge Museum is hosting a back-to-school teacher party for our hardworking educators. The party will be in the West Baton Rouge Museum’s Brick Gallery on Friday, August 9th, from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Come on out and enjoy live music, food, and libations- free of charge!

 

Aug
11
Sun
Old Time Country Open Jam @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Aug 11 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please join the West Baton Rouge Museum as we celebrate country music with our Old Time Country Open Jam. Anyone with an acoustic instrument is welcome to join, and music lovers are welcome to sit back, relax, and enjoy! Every 2nd Sunday of the month from 3:00pm-5:00pm we will be playing and listening to old time country, bluegrass, Cajun, and folk tunes. The event is free and open to the public.

Aug
16
Fri
Scouting Movie Double Feature @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a scouting themed double feature on Friday, August 16, from 6:00-10:00pm. The evening will include screenings of Troop Beverly Hills and Down and Derby with movie style refreshments and a hands-on activity at intermission.

This program is being offered in conjunction with the Prepared for Life: Scouting in West Baton Rouge exhibit, which tells the stories of the boys who learned valuable life skills and made lasting friendships in the Boy Scout troops of West Baton Rouge. The exhibit will also explore the contribution of local Girl Scouts and the programs they participated in. The museum will offer interactive programs in conjunction with the exhibit throughout the summer.

Sign up for this fun family event suitable for Scouters and the general public by calling (225)-336-2422 x200. This program is free and open to the public. Scouts from all communities are encouraged to participate. The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

Aug
17
Sat
Juke Joint Men: And Exhibition at the West Baton Rouge Museum @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am – Dec 29 @ 5:00 pm

The West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to announce a new exhibition and publication
entitled Juke Joint Men. The exhibit, which will open on August 17 and run through December 29, 2019,
features the collages of local bluesmen by J K Lawson and the musically inspired metal sculptures of Port
Allen native Ronald Trahan.

John K Lawson is a native of Birmingham, England who now resides in south Louisiana. Known for his
colorful collages and other mixed media art, Lawson has been featured in Country Roads Magazine and
his work commissioned by numerous festivals across the state. After attending an event at the
museum’s juke joint, John agreed to do a book highlighting local Blues legends with the West Baton
Rouge Museum. The result is a series of collages and biographies of Blues musicians from the Westside
of the river.

Ronald Trahan is a nationally known sculptor who is on the Artist Roster of the Arts Council of Greater
Baton Rouge. He sculpts in bronze using a welding process to create figures inspired by childhood visits
to the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. His jazz musician and second line dance sculptures have been highly
sought after at the New Orleans Jazz Fest for decades.

The 12’ x12’ hard cover publication, Juke Joint Men, will be available at the West Baton Rouge Museum
gift shop and select retailers beginning in August. The authors will be on hand for a book signing at the
museum in conjunction with a Cultural District Announcement Party on August 29th from 5PM – 8PM.
For more information call (225) 336-2422 x 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. The West
Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

Aug
18
Sun
Cajun French Music Association- Jam Session @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Aug 18 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

If you are interested in traditional Cajun and French music, put the 3rd Sundays of the month from 3:00pm-5:00pm on your calendar! The West Baton Rouge Museum will be hosting Cajun Jam Sessions sponsored by the Baton Rouge CFMA Chapter. Each month, a different artist will lead a group of interested musicians from throughout the area. So- get out your instrument and join in!

The West Baton Rouge Museum is the new, permanent host for this musical event. A space will be set up in the Brick Gallery for musicians, spectators, and even dancers! The West Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen. It is a free event and we encourage anyone who is interested to check it out!

****Please note that because of Father’s Day, the June Jam Session will be moved to the next week, June 23.

 

 

 

Aug
29
Thu
Announcing the New Port Allen Cultural District @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Aug 29 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

West Baton Rouge has received another feather in its cap! The city of Port Allen was
recently added to the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development’s list of designated Cultural
Districts. Cultural Districts delineate a hub of cultural activity while providing an exemption
from local sales and use taxes for proceeds received from the sale of original, one-of-a-kind
works of art within the district. This designation also allows income and corporate franchise tax
credits for eligible expenses for rehabilitation of owner-occupied or revenue generating historic
structures within the Cultural District.

The Louisiana Cultural Districts Program was created by Act 298 of the 2007 Regular Session of
the legislature. The primary goal of this initiative is to spark community revitalization based on
cultural activity through tax incentives, technical assistance, and resources. These districts can
be found throughout the state. To see a current listing, visit
https://www.crt.state.la.us/cultural-development/arts/cultural-districts. Similar programs in
other states have resulted in increased occupancy, property renovations, a sense of community
identity, increased social activity and jobs.

The West Baton Rouge Museum will host a Cultural District Celebration on August 29 th from 5PM –
8PM. The public is invited for an exhibit preview, a meet and greet with local artists, and music by the
legendary Henry Grey.

For more information call (225) 336-2422 x 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. The West
Baton Rouge Museum is located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

Aug
31
Sat
A Cast of Blues @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Aug 31 @ 10:00 am – Oct 20 @ 5:00 pm

On August 31, 2019, the West Baton Rouge Museum will open a new exhibition, A
Cast of Blues. The exhibition which is on loan from ExhibitsUSA and the Mid-America Arts
Alliance runs through October 20, 2019.

A Cast of Blues features 15 resin cast masks of blues legends created by artist Sharon
McConnell-Dickerson as well as 15 color photographs of performers and juke joints by
acclaimed photographer Ken Murphy. The exhibition is fully accessible to all visitors, featuring
braille labels, video elements and educational materials including interactive musical
instruments. A music playlist and two films are part of the blues experience and visitors are
encouraged to touch the resin cast masks.

“A life cast is like a 3D photograph to someone who is blind,” says McConnell-Dickerson, who is
visually impaired herself. McConnell created the masks of famous blues musicians over a period
of eight years. A Cast of Blues is curated by Chuck Haddix, music historian, author, radio
personality, and Director of the Marr Sound Archives at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
This exhibit is an extension of the West Baton Rouge Museum’s celebration of juke joints and
the music that evolved on the west side of the Mississippi River.

For more information about the programs and activities associated with the exhibition call
(225) 336-2422 x 200 or visit www.westbatonrougemuseum.com. The museum is open Tuesday
through Saturday, 10AM to 4:30PM and Sunday 2 to 5PM. The West Baton Rouge Museum is
located at 845 N. Jefferson Avenue in Port Allen.

Sep
6
Fri
African Roots of the Blues- Evening Lecture with Dr. Ibrahima Seck @ West Baton Rouge Museum
Sep 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to welcome Dr. Ibrahima Seck for an evening Lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 6. 2019 to accompany current exhibits, Cast of Blues and Juke Joint Men. He will speak on African Roots of the Blues.

Dr. Ibrahima Seck is a member of the History department of University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar (UCAD), Senegal. His research is mostly devoted to the historical and cultural links between West Africa and Louisiana with a special interest for religious beliefs, music, foodways, and miscellaneous aspects of culture.

This program is FREE and open to the public. For more information, please call the museum at 225-
336-2422 x 200 or visit facebook.com/TheWBRM.