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THE LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL IS CELEBRATING 17 YEARS; WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE VIRTUAL EVENT HAPPENING OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 14
BATON ROUGE, La. – Mark your calendar as the 17th Annual Louisiana Book Festival will launch programs on Saturday and Sunday, October 30-31, 2021. Additional new content will be available over the ...Read More...

NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MUSEUM TO DEBUT "THE SOUL OF JAZZ: AN AMERICAN ADVENTURE" TRAVELING EXHIBIT IN COLLABORATION WITH WALT DISNEY IMAGINEERING
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, Louisiana State Museum, and the New Orleans Jazz Museum announce the opening of a Disney World traveling exhibit on Tuesday, ...Read More...

THREE NEW CULTURAL DISTRICTS ANNOUNCED; BOUNDARY EXPANSIONS APPROVED FOR SIX CULTURAL DISTRICTS

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Office of Cultural Development’s Division of the Arts announced the creation of three new Cultural Districts ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER AND THE LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM ANNOUNCE A NEW FLOAT FOR THE 95TH ANNUAL MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, the Louisiana Office of Tourism, and Macy's, Inc. announced today they will celebrate the birthplace of jazz, Cajun and Creole ...Read More...

17TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA BOOK FESTIVAL GOES VIRTUAL
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is proud to present the 17th Annual Louisiana Book Festival. The Louisiana Book Festival is ...Read More...

THURSDAY NIGHT PROGRAMS AT CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM IN CONJUNCTION WITH "THE NEGRO MOTORIST GREEN BOOK" EXHIBIT
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Capitol Park Museum will host an evening program every Thursday during October in conjunction with The Negro Motorist Green Book exhibition. "Green ...Read More...

LOUISIANA AWARDED AFRICAN AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS GRANT FOR TRAIL PROJECT
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced today the Louisiana Office of Tourism received a $50,000 grant to complete the design and installation of the first ...Read More...

LOUISIANA READERS' CHOICE ANNOUNCES 2022-2023 NOMINATED TITLES
BATON ROUGE, La. – Entering its 22nd year, the Louisiana Readers' Choice (LYRC/LTRC) Awards Program is excited to announce the 2022-2023 nominated title lists for grades 3-5, 6-8, ...Read More...

BOGUE CHITTO STATE PARK HOSTING INAUGURAL ROLLERCOASTER OF LOVE MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL ON NEWLY OPENED MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana State Parks is excited to announce the upcoming inaugural Rollercoaster of Love Mountain Bike Festival at Bogue Chitto State Park on October 2-3, 2021. ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER HONORS 2021 FOLKLIFE TRADITION BEARERS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser has announced that October 2021 marks Louisiana's seventh annual Folklife Month, a celebration of the state's living traditions ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA OPENS 2022 AMERICORPS STATE AND NATIONAL GRANT FUNDING OPPORTUNITY
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Volunteer Louisiana announce a Notice of Funding Opportunity for 2022 AmeriCorps State and National Grants. This annual ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA OFFERS EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING
BATON ROUGE, La. – Storms like Hurricane Ida remind us all of the critical importance of community preparation and neighbors helping neighbors. Community Emergency Response Teams ...Read More...

LOUISIANA MAIN STREET RECEIVES $749,000 IN HISTORIC REVITALIZATION GRANTS
BATON ROUGE, La. – At a time when good news is needed, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Division of Historic Preservation are proud to announce Louisiana Main Street has ...Read More...

LOUISIANA MUSIC AMBASSADOR LAINE HARDY USES ALBUM RELEASE EVENT TO BENEFIT VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA FOUNDATION AND THE LOUISIANA MUSEUM FOUNDATION
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the New Orleans Jazz Museum are proud to welcome and provide the venue to host a live stream event releasing the first ...Read More...

LOUISIANA STATE PARK FACILITY UPDATE DURING HURRICANE IDA RECOVERY
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Louisiana State Parks have finished surveying all facilities affected by Hurricane Ida. Work has already begun to clear ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER AND VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA REQUESTING DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS FOR HURRICANE IDA RECOVERY
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, who leads Volunteer Louisiana, is asking people to donate and/or volunteer in Hurricane Ida recovery efforts.

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MULTIPLE STATE PARKS AND STATE HISTORIC SITES CLOSED AS OF 5 P.M. TODAY AHEAD OF HURRICANE IDA
BATON ROUGE, La. – Effective at 5 p.m. today – Friday, August 27 – Louisiana State Parks will close multiple state park recreation sites and state historic sites to visitors ...Read More...

CLOSURE OF SEVERAL STATE MUSEUM PROPERTIES AND WELCOME CENTERS AHEAD OF HURRICANE IDA
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announces the closures of several State Museum properties and welcome centers ahead of Hurricane Ida.

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LT. GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP IN RECYLCING
POINT CLEAR, Ala. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today received the 2021 Recycling Impact Award during the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) meeting in Point ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA ANNOUNCES 2021-2022 AMERICORPS STATE GRANTS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser and Volunteer Louisiana are pleased to announce $4,609,221 in grant funding through the federal agency AmeriCorps for the 2021-2022 ...Read More...

LOUISIANA CIVIL RIGHTS TRAIL MARKER UNVEILED AT A.Z. YOUNG PARK IN BATON ROUGE HONORING 1967 BOGALUSA TO BATON ROUGE CIVIL RIGHTS MARCH
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism today dedicated the fourth marker along the Louisiana Civil Rights Trail. This marker, ...Read More...

MISSISSIPPI CHEF AUSTIN SUMRALL CROWNED KING OF AMERICAN SEAFOOD DURING 2021 GREAT AMERICAN SEAFOOD COOK-OFF IN NEW ORLEANS
NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board crowned Mississippi Chef Austin Sumrall from ...Read More...

HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANTS TOTALING MORE THAN $450,000 AWARDED

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development’s Division of Historic Preservation and Division of Archaeology awarded ...Read More...

FATIMA SHAIK TO RECEIVE 22ND LOUISIANA WRITER AWARD
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana proudly announces that author and Louisiana native Fatima Shaik has been selected as the recipient ...Read More...

80 INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATE TEACHER WELCOMED TO LOUISIANA TO TEACH IMMERSION LANGUAGES
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) and the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) welcomed 80 teachers from around the world this ...Read More...

LOUISIANA PROJECT GRANT APPLICATION PERIOD OPENS

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Division of the Arts (LDOA) announces the opening of the application period for the Louisiana Project Grants program. Administered jointly by ...Read More...

ATCHAFALAYA NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA ANNOUNCES 2021 COMPETITIVE GRANT RECIPIENTS

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area announce the 2021 Atchafalaya National Heritage Area Competitive Grant awardees. ...Read More...

SITE NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR LOUISIANA BIRDING TRAILS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism are seeking site nominations to include in the redesigned Louisiana Birding Trails. The ...Read More...

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS "READ AROUND THE STATES" VIDEO FEATURES CHILDREN'S BOOK BY LOUISIANA AUTHOR WILLIAM JOYCE
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana announces its contribution to "Read Around the States," a project of the Library of ...Read More...

CHEF TORY MCPHAIL CROWNED THE KING OF KINGS AT THE 14TH ANNUAL LOUISIANA SEAFOOD COOK-OFF
LAFAYETTE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board crowned Chef Tory McPhail of Revelry ...Read More...

NEW EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS EARLY 1800S SHIPWRECK OFF LOUISIANA GULF COAST
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Division of Archaeology and the Capitol Park Museum announce the opening of a new exhibit – The Mardi Gras Shipwreck. In 2007, a team ...Read More...

APPLICATION PERIOD OPEN FOR POTENTIAL LOUISIANA CULTURAL DISTRICTS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Cultural Development's Division of the Arts announces the release of applications for the Louisiana Cultural Districts program. The application ...Read More...

STATE LIBRARY OF LOUISIANA RECEIVES AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT FUNDING
BATON ROUGE, La. – The State Library of Louisiana announces a special round of funding to help communities respond directly and immediately to the pandemic as well as related economic ...Read More...

25 LOUISIANA MAIN STREET COMMUNITIES EARN 2021 NATIONAL ACCREDITATION

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Louisiana Main Street are proud to announce the 25 Louisiana communities earning 2021 National Accreditation through ...Read More...

TAILS AND TALES: LOUISIANA'S SUMMER READING PROGRAM
BATON ROUGE, La. – The State Library of Louisiana announces the 2021 statewide summer ...Read More...

TOP TWO SEAFOOD HARVESTING STATES JOINING FORCES IN PARTNERSHIP AND FUTURE SUPPORT
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will travel to Juneau, Alaska, next week to solidify a partnership between the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board ...Read More...

2021 LOUISIANA SEAFOOD COOK-OFF TO DETERMINE THE KING OF KINGS AS PAST CHAMPIONS BATTLE HEAD-TO-HEAD FOR THE SUPREME TITLE

LAFAYETTE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board are set to select the King of Kings at the 2021 Louisiana Seafood ...Read More...

BUSSES CARRYING RIVERBOAT PASSENGERS TO LOUISIANA SITES SIGNALS AN IMPORTANT STEP IN TOURISM RECOVERY
ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today greeted the first two busses shuttling more than 150 cruise boat passengers from the American Duchess to ...Read More...

BREEZE AIRWAYS ANNOUNCES NEW NONSTOP FLIGHT SERVICE CONNECTING NEW ORLEANS TO NEW MARKETS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Breeze Airways, a new U.S. carrier from JetBlue founder David Neeleman recently announced its debut network. The new flights will offer service to New Orleans ...Read More...

LOUISIANA DIVISION OF ARTS, ALONG WITH 21 ARTS ORGANIZATIONS, RECEIVES GRANT FUNDING THROUGH NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
BATON ROUGE, La. – -The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced a second round of major grant funding totaling more than $88 million in recommended grants to organizations ...Read More...

APPLICATIONS OPEN MAY 1 FOR ATCHAFALAYA NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA GRANTS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (ANHA) opens the application period for the Competitive Grants Program starting Saturday, May 1, 2021. ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM, MDRG RELEASE STUDY SHOWING IMPACT OF THE TELEVISION AND FILM INDUSTRY ON TOURISM
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism and New Orleans research firm MDRG recently conducted a study to determine the impact of the television and film industry on tourism ...Read More...

2020-2021 LOUISIANA YOUNG READERS' CHOICE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

BATON ROUGE, La.— The State Library of Louisiana is excited to announce the winners of the 2020-2021 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Awards. Louisiana’s ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA ANNOUNCES 2021 CHAMPIONS OF SERVICE
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Volunteer Louisiana are proud to announce ...Read More...

WORLD-CLASS LOUISIANA ATHLETES DISCUSS THEIR "OLYMPIC GLORY" DURING FOUR-PART SERIES AT THE LOUISIANA SPORTS HALL OF FAME AND NORTHWEST LOUISIANA HISTORY MUSEUM
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum is bringing four world-class Olympians to the museum as part of a month-long lecture series ...Read More...

LOUISIANA POETS TO CELEBRATE 25TH NATIONAL POETRY MONTH VIRTUALLY
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana will celebrate the 25th annual National Poetry Month with a virtual edition of its "Just ...Read More...

APPLICATION PERIOD OPENING FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND CERTIFIED LOCAL GOVERNMENT GRANTS FOR FY21-22

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation announce the opening of the application period for Historic Preservation ...Read More...

LOUISIANA OFFICE OF CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES SUSANNAH JOHANNSEN AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE DIVISION OF THE ARTS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Cultural Development and the Louisiana State Arts Council today announced Susannah Johannsen as the new Executive Director of the Division ...Read More...

APPLICATIONS OPEN MONDAY FOR INDIVIDUAL ARTIST RELIEF GRANTS

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Cultural Development’s Division of the Arts (LDOA) will open the application period for Individual Artist Relief Grants starting ...Read More...

"MARKING PICTURES: THE LIFE AND WORK OF CLEMENTINE HUNTER" EXHIBITION IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT THE CABILDO
NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana State Museum announces the opening of "Marking Pictures": the Life and Work of Clementine Hunter. The exhibition displays the work of one of ...Read More...

2020 TEAM LOUISIANA AWARDS HONOR SPORTS TOURISM LEADERS
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Tourism (LOT) and Louisiana Travel Association (LTA) recognized Louisiana sports stakeholders and tourism leaders with their 2020 Team ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER AND LOUISIANA OFFICE OF TOURISM HOST VIRTUAL GRAMMY CELEBRATION
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism are hosting "A Louisiana GRAMMY Celebration" – a virtual event featuring ...Read More...

SMITHSONIAN TRAVELING EXHIBITION EXPLORING "THE GREEN BOOK" COMING TO THE CAPITOL PARK MUSEUM IN BATON ROUGE IN AUGUST 2021
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana State Museum are proud to announce the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service's (SITES) exhibition ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR NUNGESSER GRANTS REPRIEVE TO ONE LUCKY CRUSTACEAN DURING 5TH ANNUAL PARDONING OF THE CRAWFISH
THIBODAUX, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, along with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, granted an official pardon to Lafitte the Crawfish during the ...Read More...

THREE LOUISIANA BYWAYS RECEIVE PRESTIGIOUS DESIGNATIONS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Three Louisiana Byways have received prestigious designations by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). The Bayou Teche Byway and Boom or Bust Byway were both ...Read More...

BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAM TO FOCUS ON OSCAR DUNN: LOUISIANA'S FIRST BLACK LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana, in partnership with The Historic New Orleans Collection, will celebrate Black History Month ...Read More...

NEW EXHIBIT SHOWCASES AFRICAN AMERICAN MASKING AND SPIRITUALITY IN MARDI GRAS
NEW ORLEANS – The Louisiana State Museum, working in collaboration with the renowned Musée du Quai Branly–Jacques Chirac in Paris, is excited to announce the opening ...Read More...

LOUISIANA DIVISION OF THE ARTS RELEASES APPLICATIONS FOR SECOND ROUND OF CARES ACT FUNDING

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Cultural Development’s Division of the Arts (LDOA) is announcing a second round of grant funding from the National Endowment for ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER UNVEILS – LOUISIANACIVILRIGHTSTRAIL.COM – A PLATFORM COMMEMORATING REAL-LIFE STORIES AND HONORING HEROES WHO RISKED THEIR LIVES TO "MAKE RIGHTS REAL"
BATON ROUGE, La. – Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of Tourism today announced the launch of the Louisiana ...Read More...

LOUISIANA MAIN STREET ACCEPTING REVITALIZATION GRANT APPLICATIONS

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Louisiana Main Street announce the release of applications for a second round of funding through the Paul Bruhn Revitalization ...Read More...

NEW LIFE FOR OL' MAN RIVER
The Port of New Orleans will celebrate its 125th Anniversary this year, reminding us all we are living on one of the greatest water highways on earth, carrying commerce and food for the world. As we drive ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER WELCOMES NEW PARTNERSHIP IN TIME FOR 2021 CARNIVAL SEASON
BATON ROUGE, La. - Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser will unveil a new flavor of king cake developed through a new partnership with Cannata's Bakeries and Bayou Terrebonne Distillers ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR NUNGESSER AND VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA SEEK 2021 CHAMPIONS OF SERVICE NOMINATIONS; ENCOURAGE SAFE PARTICIPATION ON MLK DAY OF SERVICE

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and Volunteer Louisiana encourage Louisianans to get involved in their communities this month, either by volunteering or ...Read More...

LT. GOVERNOR NUNGESSER ANNOUNCES NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION GRANT TO DEVELOP CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE, DIGITAL FIELD TRIPS TO THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MUSEUM
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana State Museum announce the New Orleans Jazz Museum, through a grant from the National Park Foundation, is ...Read More...

NEW ORLEANS MAYOR LATOYA CANTRELL'S ACTIONS RUIN POTENTIAL WORLDWIDE PROMOTION FOR ALL LOUISIANA CITIES, NOT JUST NEW ORLEANS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today said New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell's actions against Lauren Daigle cost not just New Orleans the opportunity at invaluable, ...Read More...

LOGO RELEASED FOR 2022 NCAA MEN'S FINAL FOUR TO BE HELD IN NEW ORLEANS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today announced the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the NCAA released the logo for the 2022 NCAA Men's Final Four ...Read More...

NEW EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS ARTISTIC INTERPRETATIONS OF PREHISTORIC AMERICAN INDIAN SITES

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Office of Cultural Development’s Division of Archaeology, Louisiana State Parks, and the Louisiana State Museum’s Capitol Park Museum ...Read More...

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER HOSTS OPEN HOUSE TO UNVEIL NEW GLAMPING SITES AT LOUISIANA STATE PARKS
BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today unveiled a new way to stay inside eight Louisiana State parks. It's an innovative partnership expanding camping opportunities ...Read More...

VOLUNTEER LOUISIANA RECOGNIZES 2020 CHAMPIONS OF SERVICE DURING VIRTUAL CEREMONY

BATON ROUGE, La. – The 2020 Champions of Service were officially recognized throughout the month of October, culminating in a virtual ...Read More...

STATE LIBRARY OF LOUISIANA CONSULTANT CHOSEN FOR LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
BATON ROUGE, La. – The State Library of Louisiana is proud to announce the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) has chosen Public Library Consultant Jessica Styons to ...Read More...

JOHN M. BARRY TO RECEIVE 21ST LOUISIANA WRITER AWARD
BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is proud to announce John M. Barry has been selected as the recipient of the 21st annual Louisiana ...Read More...

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR NAVY VETERAN COLLECTION GOES ON EXHIBIT AT PORT HUDSON STATE HISTORIC SITE
For the first time ever, the Port Hudson State Historic Site is showcasing the Josiah P. Hammond Civil War collection. Since Civil War U.S. Navy artifacts are very rare, this exhibit makes a valuable addition ...Read More...