Our Town

Shreveport Regional Arts Council

Shreveport, Louisiana

$100,000

2011

The Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) serves as the official arts arm for the City of Shreveport and ten parishes in northwest Louisiana. Since 1975, SRAC has provided access to the arts through funding, education, and community engagement.

SRAC will use its Our Town grant to support technical design for CommonLink, an arts-based interactive transportation and information station in the new Shreveport Common Cultural District. Shreveport Common is a nine-block area west of downtown that was until recently federally defined as "blighted." The station will be a pilot for other future stations throughout Shreveport. CommonLink represents the first step in implementing public art goals identified in the Comprehensive Design for Shreveport Common, which received an NEA MICD25 grant from the Arts Endowment in 2010. CommonLink will include a bus stop and shelter, taxi stand, GPS-driven shuttle stop, bike racks, parking for mopeds and police, innovative lighting, charging stations, free Internet access, an interactive informational kiosk, and public green spaces. SRAC will oversee the national artist selection process and will work with multiple public and private partners to develop a related "Arts in Transit" symposium and a public art ordinance for Shreveport Common. CommonLink will serve the 2,500 new residents who are expected to move into the district as a result of the revitalization.