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ECONOMIC IMPACT: 

The annual Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Cultural Arts Community in Northwest Louisiana is $90 million dollars, with 2,400 full time job equivalents, $55 million in household income, and returning $13 million in local and state government revenue. Christmas in the Sky specifically generates a $12 million dollar impact with ancillary spending that includes more than 100 hotel room rentals, the purchase of designer dresses and gowns, tuxedo rentals, hair and makeup, and limousine rentals.

Sky Designers

CHRISTMAS IN THE SKY is created by a team of 31 professional designers – artists, interior designers, architects, and display professionals – from all over Shreveport and Bossier who volunteer their time to bring this extraordinary event to life!!  Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is transformed to completely convey the theme of the event from the moment a guest pulls into the valet parking, to the lobby, and throughout two floors of the Racetrack.  Much of the event is built “on site” because the sets are so large (each piece averages 16’ tall by 8’ wide). Diesel Driving Academy delivers 10 “Big Rigs” filled to the brim with Supplies and Materials!

Amanda Chamberlain - Michal Ann Mcgill - Alicia Smith - Michael Corbin - Richea Corbin - Janet Wolfe - Sir Kevin Wolfe - Cynthia Lachapelle - Jacquie Barber - Josh Jennings - James Marks - Sherry Tamburo - Floyd Sterling - Gaye Sterling - Jill Valentine - Joe Valentine - Sherry Hill - Hannah Roark - Shannon Long - Mark Crawford - Adam Mcwilliams - Bruce Allen - Jim Hayes - Sean Fitzgibbons - Josh Porter - Elizabeth Horner - John Lomax - Larry "Taz" Sanchez - Mitch Landry - Levin Kinsey - Megan Davis Taylor - David Baker - John Stephens

 
 

COMMUNITY BENEFIT: 

Christmas in the Sky generates funds to support important community Arts Programs produced by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council for Northwest Louisiana.  The Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) mission is to “Imagine That!” by developing, promoting, educating and maximizing access to all of the Arts for people in Northwest Louisiana.  SRAC is committed to ensuring that the Arts are included in the portfolio of solutions to community problems and community growth.  In order to achieve this “place at the table” the arts community must be equipped to do the work and unified to express meaningful resolutions with one voice. 

In 2008, with leadership from the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, the ARTS CONGRESS was developed to achieve these two purposes.  SRAC and the ARTS Community have a vehicle for communication and are committed to values that are manifested and evaluated in all Arts policies.  Through Training designed to develop the Business Entrepreneurialism of Artists and Capacity Training for Arts Organizations, as well as the management of the Shreveport-Bossier Fun Guide On-Line Calendar and Ticketing to promote arts events, SRAC is working to raise the capacity of the Arts in Northwest Louisiana.  Finally- and largely - SRAC is working to develop the SHREVEPORT COMMON Cultural Community, a nine-block niche area to the larger Allendale/Ledbetter Heights CHOICE neighborhood.  Christmas in the Sky funds help to support “UNcommon” programs like UNSCENE! a quarterly UNexpected, Unprecedented, UNique event where you “stumble upon the fUN!”

SRAC’s renowned core programs include:  Arts-in-Education programming (39 years); ArtBreakStudent Arts Showcase (34 years); Distribution of Grants and Capacity Development for Artists and Arts Organizations (37 years); artspace, the center for the creation, exhibition, and presentation of all Art disciplines with Academy Award Winner, William Joyce as Artistic Director (15 years); and Public Art (18 years).  SRAC has received national recognition for its award-winning Artists Entrepreneurial Training Program, “ARTIST UP!,” that equips Northwest Louisiana Artists to earn at least 30% of their living through the production and distribution of their art.

SRAC has successfully fostered multi-partner projects with significant public/private investment producing arts projects such as the nation’s largest public mural, Once in a Millennium Moon; Texas St. Neon Bridge; “Triumph Over Tragedy” - a 21 parish commemoration of the Great Depression, and the recent theatrical, dance, visual art, spoken word, digital media production, “AS IS” by NICK CAVE.  This production was the culmination of an eight-month residency with internationally renowned educator, messenger, and artist NICK CAVE who came to Shreveport to help develop SHREVEPORT COMMON by infusing unity, vitality, and community into this blossoming “UNcommon Community.”

Nick Cave’s impact lives on in Shreveport Common through a trail of 20 Cave inspired and community “Bead-A-Thon” created blankets that are now framed and permanently displayed throughout this creative community.  In addition, SRAC enlisted the work of nationally-known and Dallas-based mixed media artist Lesli Marshall to work with eleven Northwest Louisiana artists to create twelve Uncommon murals that now adorn historic buildings in the Shreveport Common neighborhood as a part of an ongoing effort to transform and revitalize this creative, cultural UNCommon neighborhood.

The Shreveport Regional Arts Council is also highly regarded for the complete historic preservation projects: the restoration of the 1922 historic Central Fire Station to become the miraculous Central ARTSTATION; the restoration and reimagining of the “Hose Tower” adjacent to the Central ARTSTATION to become the Kallenberg Artists Tower (KAT) that hosts nationally renowned artists to do residency work that improves the Northwest Louisiana area; and the multi-phased renovation of the historic Woolworth Department Store and first of the Ivan Smith Furniture Stores:  ARTSPACE @ 708 Texas Street.