The Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s Annual ArtBreak Festival is the largest showcase of Student Art programs in the South featuring more than 100 Caddo Parish and private schools, more than 50 hands-on STEAM learning activities, more than 100 school and community performances, more than 4,000 student works of visual and literary art and over $20,000 in cash awards. ArtBreak is the perfect place to add Art to STEM in an effort to show how art and science are better together. The ArtBreak Festival takes places Tuesday, April 23 through Sunday, April 28 at the Shreveport Convention Center and features performing artists in the KTAL - 6 ArtBreak's Got Talent Show Saturday evening, April 27 beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Over 2,500 original visual and literary artworks created by students in grades K-12-12th!
Over 100 student performances on three stages by Caddo School's performing arts programs.
The VERY SPECIAL ARTS FESTIVAL is dedicated to serving ALL students with physical and/or mental disabilities with guest artists using their disabilities as abilities to create Art!!
STEAM hands-on learning activities created by community organizations and
Art Projects taught by Professional Artists!
ArtBreak is an acclaimed, annual event showcasing the arts programs and artistic achievements of students in Caddo Parish and other regional schools. More than 50,000 students, parents, teachers and festival-goers from Northwest Louisiana participate in the week-long arts celebration at the Shreveport Convention Center, making it the largest student arts festival in the southern United States.
ArtBreak features a variety of work from the visual, literary, cultural and performing arts, all of which is produced by K-12 students from Caddo Parishand other regional public and participating private schools. Festival attendees can view more than 100 booths featuring more than 2,500 original visual and literary artworks. In addition, dozens of student performances take place on three stages.
In the past, festivals have showcased performances by popular American Idol and X-Factor contestants as well as blues legend Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The event culminates with $15,000 in savings bonds and prizes, awarded to 100 students by ArtBreak jurors.
ArtBreak is a free, hands-on family event produced by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, and Caddo Parish Schools.
“The level of art that is being produced by Caddo Parish students for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council ArtBreak Festival is something of which the entire region can be proud,”
said Robert Pincus, former art critic for the Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune and lead critic for five consecutive years for SRAC’s Critical Mass Exhibition. “Some of the high school winning art entries that I saw when I was in Shreveport recently to critique Critical Ma 5 was on par with art I have critiqued across the country in markets including Dallas, New York and Los Angeles. What a wonderful opportunity SRAC is giving these students through this incredible student art festival,” added Pincus.
"The work we're doing is really making a difference in the lives of young people."
Henry Price | Caddo Schools art curriculum adviser and president of SRAC
The ArtBreak Festival was created in 1984 when funding cuts threatened to eliminate the arts instructors’ positions and the community arts partnerships in Caddo Parish Public Schools. A team of administrators, teachers, students, parents, and community leaders came together to develop a means of promoting the importance of arts education as a key component of the total curriculum. Cathy Sledge, while teaching English at Caddo Magnet High in 1984, is credited with exclaiming, “In Louisiana, if anything is really important…from cotton and crawfish to peaches and polk salad, we make a festival to celebrate it…let’s create a festival to celebrate the importance of curriculum-based arts programs!” Within three months of this declaration, the first ArtBreak Festival was produced and held at the Municipal Auditorium and Plaza. In its 31 year history, the ArtBreak Festivalhas been produced at the Municipal Auditorium, the Convention Hall and “old” festival plaza, the Expo Hall, and the Riverview Convention Hall and Civic Theatre. In 2007, ArtBreak moved to a new home at the Shreveport Convention Center.