In 2011 my husband Phil accepted a job teaching law at Louisiana State University. So, in June, we packed our bags and loaded the moving truck. We said goodbye, “for now,” to all of our friends in Maryland and Washington D.C., and moved back to Baton Rouge after 10 years away. Phil grew up in Baton Rouge and I had attended LSU back in, oh… a while ago 🙂 In fact, Baton Rouge was where I “re-met” Phil, we got married and had our first son. The Baton Rouge we came back to certainly looked the same, but we were about to learn how much it was changing.
An artistic movement was happening in BR. Downtown was beginning to be renovated, murals were happening around town and artistic groups were forming and bringing attention to art as a “place maker,” giving a new identity to the city. It was a very exciting time to be moving back. I was already involved with NUNU Arts and Culture Collective in Arnaudville, Louisiana and knew very well the benefits of Creative Placemaking. This was a perfect fit.
My husband and I were fortunate to be selected by Bruce Morgan for his radio program on 96.9 WHYR Community Radio, “Art Scouts.” Phil and I discuss all of this and a little more in our interview. And thank you so much Bruce for creating and sharing this wonderful program.