Shreveport Cultural Sites
Multicultural Center of the South
DESCRIPTION: Located in downtown Shreveport, one of the newest cultural entities in town is the Multicultural Center of the South. Opened 2005, it is one of the first new arts and cultural attractions in the exciting new West Edge Arts District. The formation of the District was spurred in part by a variety of organizations working in conjunction with the Shreveport Regional Arts Council to transform several old Shreveport buildings into art museums and other attractions that enhance the cultural landscape of the area. The Multicultural Center of the South, encompassing some 52,745 square feet, is a wonderful place in which to explore permanent displays and exhibits detailing the 20-plus ethnic and cultural groups that historically and currently live within the Shreveport–Bossier City area, including African Americans, Creoles, Cajuns, Native Americans, Filipinos, Japanese, East Indians and more. The Center presents a wide range of entertaining, educational family activities and special programs including lectures, symposia, live musical performances and cultural tour programs throughout the year, and also maintains a multicultural library and gift shop.
ADMISSION: $3 General, $2 Students & Seniors
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri 10a-4p; guided tours available upon request
ADDRESS: 520 Spring Street, Shreveport, LA MAP
Southern University Museum of Art Shreveport
DESCRIPTION: Features more than 2,000 pieces of African and African American art; the art Mali, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, and the Congo are sampled in two major collections: Dr. Leon R. Tarver, II Collection and Dr. William Bertrand Collection. African-American art from the permanent collection of the Southern University Museum of Art in Baton Rouge is also featured.
DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Fri 10a-5p, Sat 10a-4p
ADDRESS: 610 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA MAP
Mooretown Public Art Project
DESCRIPTION: 40 by 60 foot tile piece fabricated on 2 by 2 foot tiles with glass beads fused onto porcelain tile depicting “The Spirit of the People of Mooretown”. This art piece embraces the building of Mooretown, educational institutions & leaders, places of worship, people interacting and the beauty of the children. It is located on the side of Mooretown Branch Library.
ADDRESS: 4360 Hollywood Avenue, Shreveport, LA MAP
DESCRIPTION: This decorative archway in the Red River District under Texas Street consists of several colorful murals depicting various aspects of African American life in Shreveport.
ADDRESS: Red River District Promenade, Shreveport, LA MAP
Once in a Millennium Moon Mural
DESCRIPTION: Holding the distinction as the nation’s largest public arts mural the mural can be found on two sides of the AT&T building at Cotton and Marshall. Spanning 25,000 square feet, it and various sections were also painted by members of the community.
ADDRESS: Cotton Street at Marshall Street, Shreveport, LA MAP
Theater of Performing Arts of Shreveport
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1975, the Theatre of the Performing Arts in Shreveport offers multi-discipline arts programs for children and adults in Northwest Louisiana. To this end, TPA provides actors, dancers, musicians, directors, and playwrights of every hue with a theatrical venue where their talents can reach fruition. A wide range of African American Theatre groups provide supportive resources to this cultural institution, which also initiated African-American History Month Celebration in the Shreveport community and schools from 1978-1981, the Black Arts Festival in 1985 and 1986, which is now the Let the Good Times Roll Festival, and the first African-American History Parade held in downtown Shreveport in 1991 and 1992.
ADDRESS: 4005 Lakeshore Drive, Shreveport, LA MAP
Shreve Memorial Library
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1912, the library possesses a rare book collection and genealogy research section.
ADDRESS: 424 Texas Street, Shreveport, LA MAP
LeadBelly Ledbetter Statue
DESCRIPTION: This statue is a tribute to legendary Blues singer Huddie “LeadBelly” Ledbetter, famous for playing the 12-string guitar and for such songs as Good Night Irene.
ADDRESS: Texas Street at Marshall Street, Shreveport, LA MAP
Stephens African American Museum
DESCRIPTION: A small museum of African American historical documents, art, and memorabilia.
ADMISSION: $2 adults, $1 age 12 and under
DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 10a-5p
ADDRESS: 2810 Lindholm Street, Shreveport, LA MAP