In 2012, the LSU Museum of Art developed the Neighborhood Arts Project, or NAP, a free art outreach program for under-resourced areas with a high density of children, youth and families, who do not attend summer camps or participate in afterschool or weekend programs.
Working outside under pop-up tents, the NAP’s impact is immediate. All ages can access the program easily without having to rely on transportation or pay a fee. The variety of art activities encourages creative expression through experiential exploration, establishing a foundation for life-long learning and a platform for exploring a broad spectrum of opportunities that are not typically available to children living below the poverty line.
Throughout the summer program,18 instructors conducted over 40 sessions at six separate sites that span five neighborhoods—Eden Park, Gardere, Melrose East, Old South, and Scotlandville. From 2015-2016, the summer program and the year-long program at Gardere have provided a combined total of approximately 5,200 learning experiences for Baton Rouge youth.
Neighborhood Arts Project is made possible with the support of the following community partners: Office of Mayor President Sharon Weston Broome, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Avant Garde, Bethel AME, The Boo Grisgby Foundation, Gardere Initiative, Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church and The Village Project.
If you or your organization would like to help ensure the program's continued success, please visit www.lsufoundation.org/GiveToLSUMOA.