Tuesday April 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM CDT
Wednesday April 15, 2015 at 1:00 PM CDT

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Capitol Park Museum
660 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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Kristin Sanders 
Office of Cultural Development 


General Information

Where will Culture Connection be held?

All events for Culture Connection will be held at the Capitol Park Museum, located at 660 N. Fourth Street, unless otherwise indicated on the agenda.

What is the recommended attire for Culture Connection?

Cocktail attire is recommended for the networking cocktails and Culture Awards on April 14.  Business attire or business casual is recommended for the sessions on April 15.   

Registration and Networking Tables

What forms of payment are accepted?

Credit card payments and checks are accepted.  Click the "Register Now" button to submit payment by credit card through PayPal or to complete registration with payment by check.  Checks must be payable to the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation. Checks should be mailed to the Office of Cultural Development, Attn: Kristin Sanders, P.O. Box 44247, Baton Rouge, LA 70802.

Cash payments may be accepted at the door, if space is still available.  Please have exact change.

What are networking tables?

Networking tables will be set-up in the Capitol Park Museum during the networking cocktails on April 14 to allow individuals, companies, organizations and agencies with products and services relevant to cultural development to display and disseminate information to other attendees. The tables will remain set-up on April 15 until 1 p.m.

Networking tables are $40 each. Attendees purchasing a networking table will receive a 8' x 18" table in the Capitol Park Museum. 

What are the networking table hours?

The networking table hours will be April 14, 2015 from 5 – 6:30 p.m. and April 15, 2015 from 8 – 1:00 p.m.

Attendees may set up their tables between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. on April 14, 2015. Tear down may begin on April 15, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. but must be completed by 1:30 p.m.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds will not be given for failure to attend, late arrival, unattended events or early departure.

Registrations are transferable and we encourage attendees to take advantage of this policy. In the event of a transfer, please let contact Kristin Sanders at ksanders@crt.la.gov as soon as possible.

Parking and Accommodations

What parking is available near the Capitol Park Museum?

Parking garages are located within close proximity to the Capitol Park Museum. Click here to view parking garage locations, hours, and rates.

Surface parking lots are also available throughout the downtown area. Rates will range in price. On-street meter parking is always available. The metered parking spaces are free after 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

What hotels are available in downtown Baton Rouge?

Click here to view a list of hotel accommodations in downtown Baton Rouge, courtesy of the Baton Rouge Downtown Development District.

Hotel Indigo in downtown Baton Rouge has reserved a block of rooms for Culture
Connection on April 14. Rooms will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Click here or call 225.343.1515 to make reservations, and be sure to mention the group code: OCD


Culture Connection 2015 Deep Roots, Inspired Growth 

Culture Connection is where Archaeology, Arts, CODOFIL, Historic Preservation, Main Streets and Cultural Districts stakeholders will connect to the Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism to move cultural development in Louisiana forward.

This year's Culture Connection will include the 2015 Louisiana Culture Awards program, educational sessions and networking cocktails, featuring individuals, companies, organizations and agencies with products and services relevant to cultural development.   

Culture Connection is sponsored by the Office of the Lt. Governor and the Office of Cultural Development, in partnership with the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, the Louisiana State Arts Council, the Louisiana Archaeological Survey and Antiquities Commission, the Louisiana Folklife Commission and the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana.

Registration is $40 per person.  Networking tables are $40 each.  Space is limited, so click below to register now!



TUESDAY, April 14

 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.    Industry meetings

                              Antiquities Commission 1:30 p.m., Capitol Annex 4th floor conference room

                              Cultural Districts and Main Streets 1 p.m., State Library Seminar Center

                              Louisiana Association of Museums 3 p.m., Capitol Park Welcome Center

                              Louisiana Partnership for the Arts 11 a.m., Capitol Park Welcome Center

                              Louisiana State Arts Council 2 p.m., Capitol Park Welcome Center

                              National Register Review Committee 1 p.m., State Library Capitol View Room

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.     Networking cocktail reception

                              Sponsored by the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, Louisiana Partnership

                              for the Arts, and Louisiana Association of Museums  

7:00 – 8:00 p.m.    2015 Louisiana Culture Awards ceremony

8:30 p.m.               After party

                                Sponsored by the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, Louisiana

                              Partnership for the Arts, Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar, Capital City Grille, and Stroubes

                              Grille, with entertainment by Brian Sivils Trio, Jolie Pearl Oyster Bar, 315 North



8:00 – 8:30 a.m.      Registration and continental breakfast

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.      Welcome from Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.    Louisiana’s Cultural Vitality Index

                               Louisiana’s cultural industries are fueling significant growth in the state. Want

                               proof? Explore Louisiana’s Cultural Vitality Index (CVI), a new set of statistics

                               indicating the impact of our work on the state’s economy.

                              Speaker: Pam Breaux, Assistant Secretary, Office of Cultural Development

10:30 – 12:00 p.m.  Developing Your Creative Community

                               Every community needs a creative placemaking toolkit. Come to this panel to  

                               learn about all the resources available at the local, state, and national levels to

                               build a distinctive sense of place and spur economic development in your

                               community. Speakers: Pam Atchison, Shreveport Regional Arts Council; Phil

                               Boggan, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Cultural Development; Jessica Kemp,

                               Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, Center for Planning Excellence; Ann

                               Markusen, Director of the Project on Regional and Industrial Economics, University

                               of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs

                              Protecting Your Cultural Assets

                               The only thing that is certain is that there will be another disaster.  Are you

                               prepared? This panel of experts will discuss strategies for homeowners,

                               businesses, nonprofits and municipalities to protect your cultural resources.

                               Speakers: Jeremy Cramer, Federal Emergency Management Agency; Mollie Quinlan

                               -Hayes, Deputy Director, South Arts; and Shandy Heil, Extension Associate, LSU

                               AgCenter Disaster Recovery and Management Team

12:00 – 12:50 p.m.  Lunch on your own

2:00 p.m.                 Lt. Governor Candidates Forum on Culture

                                   Presented and sponsored by the Foundation for Historical Louisiana, Louisiana Citizens

                                   for the Arts, Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, and Heirloom Cuisine, Old

                                   Governor's Mansion, 502 North Boulevard