The Last Islands

February 5-26, 2016     
The Hammond Regional Arts Center will feature “The Last Islands” an exhibition focusing on capturing south Louisiana’s vanishing coastline. Viewers will see artwork from instructors associated with the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium in Cocodrie, Nicholls State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and East Carolina University.

Leading the exhibition are Gary LaFleur, a marine biology professor at Nicholls; Daniel Kariko, former Nicholls graduate who now teaches at Florida State University; Ernest Milsted, instructor of printmaking at Southeastern Louisiana University and Dennis Sipiorski, head of the ceramics department at Southeastern Louisiana University. Featured artwork will include photography, paintings, printmaking, and ceramics.

The exhibition will be on display beginning Friday, Feb. 5 through Feb. 26, and will have a public reception at the Arts Center on Friday, Feb. 12  from 5-8 p.m. There will be a special Let’s Talk Art lecture with the featured artists on Thursday, Feb. 18 at 5 p.m.

Celebrating the Written Word

Saturday, March 12The city of Hammond's largest literary event, “Celebrating the Written Word” will return for its third year on Saturday, March 12 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in various downtown Hammond locations. 

Presented by the Hammond Regional Arts Center, this literary conference will feature well-known local authors who will discuss their genre of expertise, ranging from play writing, to children's writing to food writing.

The highlight of the event will be a special reading by Louisiana Poet Laureate Peter Cooley, and will also include appearances from other acclaimed writers in the region. 

Registration costs $35 per attendee and provides access to a full day of workshops, panel discussions and master classes hosted by the guest authors. For more information about our guest authors, click here.



The Hammond Regional Arts Center (HRAC) supports, promotes, and coordinates visual, performing, and literary arts in Tangipahoa Parish and surrounding parishes. Our primary mission is to enrich lives through quality arts education, develop an appreciation of the arts within individuals, and introduce the public to professional exhibitions, performances and literature.

The Hammond Regional Arts Center is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.

Our sincere gratitude goes out to our many supporters! Special thanks to those who have shown support of our efforts to promote the arts.

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First Bank and Trust
Jeffrey & Barbara Smith
 Marjorie Morrison

Tom & Donna Gay Anderson
Deek and Leisa Deblieux

Don Fellows and Hayley Taff


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