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FEDERAL GRANT OPPORTUNITY AVAILABLE FOR OUTDOOR RECREATION
The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State and Local Assistance Programs Division has announced that $13.3 million in Federal dollars are now available to support state agencies and local governments ...Read More...

STATE PARKS TO REOPEN OVERNIGHT FACILITIES DAMAGED DURING 2016 FLOODS
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and the Office of State Parks announce that overnight facilities impacted by severe rain events and subsequent flooding in 2016 are again available to visitors. Portions of ...Read More...

2018 CHAMPIONS OF SERVICE GALA
On Wednesday, April 18th, Volunteer Louisiana and Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser honored nine Champions of Service at their 25th Anniversary Gala. Governor John Bel Edwards was the keynote speaker and commended ...Read More...

BRAVE IN THE ATTEMPT: SPECIAL OLYMPICS IN LOUISIANA OPENS AT THE LOUISIANA SPORTS HALL OF FAME & NORTHWEST LOUISIANA HISTORY MUSEUM
On July 20, 1968, Eunice Kennedy Shriver inspired athletes at the first Special Olympics Games with the words gladiators spoke before they went into battle: "Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be ...Read More...

GRANT APPLICATION DUE DATE SET FOR FHWA RECREATIONAL TRAILS PROGRAM IN LOUISIANA
Applications for Federal funds to support recreational trails projects are due to the Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation no later Monday, July 2.

Grant requests seeking financial support ...Read More...

THE CABILDO TO HOST EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTING SPANISH INFLUENCE ON AMERICAN AND LOUISIANA HISTORY
Delve into the shared history of Spain and Louisiana through an exhibition at the Cabildo in Jackson Square from Saturday, April 21, through Sunday, July 8. Recovered Memories: Spain, New Orleans, ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER UNVEILS NEW BRAND TO PROMOTE LOUISIANA
BATON ROUGE, La. - With such an incredible bounty of food, music, history and culture, there's no other state that can feed your soul quite like Louisiana. And that's exactly the message the state will ...Read More...

NUNGESSER HONORS AL SCRAMUZZA AS 2017 SEAFOOD CHAMPION
BATON ROUGE—Lieutenant Governor Nungesser, along with Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board Executive Director Bryan Adams, presented Al Scramuzza, owner of Seafood City in New Orleans ...Read More...

LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize Winning Play Named 2017 One Book, One Festival Selection

BATON ROUGE—(September ...Read More...

2017 LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR'S TOURISM SUMMIT LARGEST EVER
BATON ROUGE—Lieutenant Governor Nungesser's Tourism Summit, held August 22-24 in New Orleans, was deemed a huge success. The summit, held at Sheraton New Orleans by the Louisiana Tourism Promotional ...Read More...

FIRST BATON ROUGE TRADITIONS PANEL ANNOUNCED
FIRST BATON ROUGE TRADITIONS PANEL ANNOUNCED Panel focuses on how Baton Rouge worships and diversifies BATON ROUGE – With Baton Rouge's 200th Anniversary in full swing, Lieutenant Governor ...Read More...

NUNGESSER SAYS NEW PROGRAMS WILL GROW DEPARTMENT DESPITE BUDGET CUTS
BATON ROUGE – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced that the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism continues to grow tourism numbers as a result of the the new initiatives launched ...Read More...

NLGA SUPPORTS NATIONAL SERVICE AND AMERICORPS
The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) unanimously approved a policy resolution in support of national service, including AmeriCorps and Senior Corps, at their annual conference last week ...Read More...

CHILDREN'S AUTHOR AND MUSICIAN JOHNETTE DOWNING TO RECEIVE 2017 LOUISIANA WRITER AWARD
BATON ROUGE—(August 8, 2017)—The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is thrilled to announce that beloved Louisiana author and musician Johnette Downing has been ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER RECEIVES AMERICANS FOR THE ARTS AWARD
BATON ROUGE—Americans for the Arts and the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) awarded Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser the Public Leadership in the Arts Award for State Arts Leadership ...Read More...

NUNGESSER REAPPOINTED AS SOUTHERN CHAIR OF NATIONAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION
BATON ROUGE – Lieutenant Governor Nungesser was reappointed as the South Region Chair of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) Executive Committee. NLGA is the non-profit, professional ...Read More...

FOR HOME AND COUNTRY: LOUISIANA IN THE GREAT WAR
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of America's entrance into World War I, Capitol Park Museum will host a new exhibition, For Home and Country: Louisiana in the Great War. To document Louisianan's ...Read More...

LT. GOV. NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES BATON ROUGE TRADITIONS PROJECT
BATON ROUGE – In honor of Baton Rouge's 200th Anniversary, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announces results of the Baton Rouge Folklife Survey and publication of the online book, Baton Rouge Traditions. ...Read More...

TOLEDO BEND IN TOP FIVE BASS FISHING LAKES IN CENTRAL UNITED STATES
BATON ROUGE – Toledo Bend Reservoir earned a top five spot when ranked against other bass fishing lakes throughout the Central United States. This is the third time Toledo Bend has been among the ...Read More...

ANCIENT NATIVE AMERICAN CANOE FOUND ON RED RIVER BANK
BATON ROUGE – An ancient Native American canoe has been found on the bank of the Red River in Caddo Parish just northwest of Shreveport. The canoe was found on property owned by McKneely Family Partnership ...Read More...

FROM "DIRTY SHIRTS" TO BUCCANEERS: THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS IN AMERICAN CULTURE.
Using a variety of artifacts, images and documents, the exhibition From "Dirty Shirts" to Buccaneers: The Battle of New Orleans in American Culture opens with an exploration of the battle's history, ...Read More...

GROUNDS FOR GREATNESS: LOUISIANA AND THE NATION
A 48-foot wooden shrimp trawler and a two-row sugar cane harvester reveal by example the state's agricultural and aquatic riches. An oil-well head and scale model of a drilling rig drive home the critical ...Read More...

WOMEN OF NOTE
Women of Note highlights the role of women in the evolution of New Orleans Jazz from its beginnings in the early 20th century to today's vibrant music scene. From Lil Hardin through Sweet Emma ...Read More...

IRIS AND THE GODDESSES OF CARNIVAL
The Louisiana State Museum, in partnership with the Krewes of Iris, Muses and Nyx, will present Iris and the Goddesses of Carnival, an exhibition commemorating the centennial of Iris and exploring ...Read More...

LOUISIANA ARTS PROGRAMS RECEIVE FUNDING FROM NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
BATON ROUGE – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that 17 Louisiana organizations, including the Division of the Arts within Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, & Tourism, ...Read More...

OFFICE OF CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT RELEASES HISTORIC PRESERVATION TAX CREDIT CATALYTIC IMPACT STUDY
BATON ROUGE – The Office of Cultural Development recently released a catalytic impact study for the historic preservation tax credits. The Office commissioned an independent study of the impacts ...Read More...

CHEF BONNIE BREAUX CROWNED 2017 QUEEN OF LOUISIANA SEAFOOD
Twelve of the state's top chefs battled for prestigious title at the Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off hosted by Lt. Gov. Nungesser and Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board

LAFAYETTE, LA – ...Read More...

LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL SUPPORTING THE CREATION OF CULTURE, RECREATION AND TOURISM FOUNDATION
BATON ROUGE – The Legislature approved a bill that will support the establishment of the Louisiana Culture, Recreation and Tourism Foundation. The Foundation will support the Department of Culture, ...Read More...

NUNGESSER NAMED TO LEADERSHIP OF NATIONAL LIEUTENANT GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION
BATON ROUGE – Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser is serving on the leadership committee for the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA). NLGA is a professional association providing research and ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER NAMED HONORARY CITIZEN OF SAN DIEGO
BATON ROUGE - Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser received a honorary citizenship designation while visiting San Diego, Calif earlier this month for the annual Gator by the Bay Festival.

The designation from ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR LAUNCHES UNIQUELY LOUISIANA INITIATIVE
Uniquely Louisiana is a comprehensive portal of educational resources from the Office of the Lt. Governor and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Lt. Governor Nungesser said, "Our office ...Read More...

ATCHAFALAYA NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA VS. ATCHAFALAYA BASIN: WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
As soon as many visitors see one of our beautiful brown "Atchafalaya National Heritage Area" signs on the interstate or while driving one of Louisiana's many scenic byways, they start to wonder what a ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STATE MUSEUM - EXPLORE OUR SYSTEM OF NINE MUSEUMS
Since 1906, the Louisiana State Museum (LSM) has served as our great state's repository of history, culture and heritage. We present insightful exhibitions that allow us to broaden our understanding of ...Read More...

WHAT IS VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA?
Do you have a desire to serve in your community? Have been looking to volunteer but don't know where to start? Volunteer Louisiana is here to get you connected and involved in service to your ...Read More...