FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 15, 2021
MYSTI BYRNES, DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
ARTS COUNCIL OF GREATER BATON ROUGE
(225) 344-8558 EXT. 221
ALISON TOHMÉ, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and BREADA (Big River Economic and Agricultural Development Alliance) will each celebrate exclusive cultural events in Downtown Baton Rouge providing two opportunities for guests enjoy the creations from the culinary and arts communities of the Capital Region on Thursday, September 30, 2021.
“Community collaboration is the key to a thriving cultural district. We couldn’t think of a better partner on September 30th than BREADA, whom the Arts Council has worked with for years through the beloved Saturday markets.” says Director of Public Relations, Mysti Byrnes.
BREADA’s “Farm Fête” will feature signature chefs at the River Center Branch Library 4th Floor Terrace at 250 North Blvd, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, and the Arts Council’s MPAC (Music, Performance, Art, Community) will open to guests from 7:00 to 10:00 PM for guests to experience for the first time the Cary Saurage Community Arts Center and enjoy the talents – both culinary and artistic at 233 St. Ferdinand Street.
“We are excited to celebrate twenty-five years of connecting farmers and families in downtown Baton Rouge. Collaborating with the Arts Council is the perfect way to recognize the many contributions both organizations make to improve the quality of life for our community,” said BREADA Executive Director Darlene Adams Rowland.
MPAC, a signature event that originated with the support of 225 and inRegister at Shaw Center for the Arts in 2014, will showcase visual and performing artists throughout the evening and introduce the 12,000+ square-feet of workspace, reshaped to serve artists and arts education. Farm Fête has its own rich tradition of serving the best cuisine Baton Rouge has to offer created from locally sourced ingredients in addition to a live band and an annual silent auction featuring exclusive farmers market items and experiences.
“Celebrations and festivals are a way of life in our state, and we are happy to share an evening that showcases the talents of our region. I would encourage everyone to visit downtown to attend both events on September 30th.” said President and CEO of the Arts Council, Renee Chatelain.
Guests who wish to attend both events may purchase an All Access pass for $250 at artsbr.org/mpac. The pass provides for complimentary tastes of locally prepared dishes and select drinks at each event. Guests will also be able to easily access both events thanks to a lighted path in partnership with the Downtown Development District. Individual tickets to each event start at $100 per guest.
Tickets go on sale July 1. The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and BREADA will follow all city and state safety protocols in place for Covid-19 at the time of the event.
MPAC is supported by Brian Harris Auto Group, Essential Federal Credit Union, Postlethwaite & Netterville, Regions Bank, Faulk & Winkler LLC, Hancock Whitney, 225 Magazine, The Advocate, Country Roads Magazine, Lamar Advertising, Manship Media, and Cumulus Media.
Farm Fête is supported by Tricia Day & Joe Simmons, Betty Simmons, John G. Turner & Jerry G. Fischer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Annette Barton & Malcolm Tucker, Charles & Carole Lamar, Ty & Tracey McMains, Virginia & John Noland, Mike & Kim Wampold, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P., The Celtic Group, and Three Roll Estate.
Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge: Established in 1973, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge endeavors to promote cultural growth, economic development, and educational enhancement through the arts in the 11-parish region that it serves. As the official arts agency for the City Parish of East Baton Rouge, the organization serves as a hub for information and resources organizations and residents across the state. For more information, visit www.artsbr.org.
BREADA: Established in 1996, BREADA is a nonprofit organization that works to support Louisiana’s small family farmers and connect our community with fresh, locally-grown food. BREADA operates four weekly locations of the Red Stick Farmers Market and manages downtown’s public marketplace, Main Street Market. For more information, visit www.breada.org.