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Making Music with J. Rees 

Singer songwriter J. Rees joins host Melissa Griffin on the podcast to talk about the songwriting process.  A storyteller at heart, Rees' music connections people through shared experiences.  On the podcast, Rees tells stories about how music comes to life--Rees'…

DIY Sidewalk Chalk

DIY Sidewalk Chalk

Sidewalk chalk drawings are a fun way for kids to enjoy the outdoors and express their creativity. It's also an excellent activity for bored children who are stuck at home when school is closed. It's washable…

Young Artists Spotlight: Vanessa Smay

Young artist Vanessa Smay, a senior at Ponchatoula High School, sat down with HRAC to talk about her current work, her beginnings in art, and her favorite piece from her catalogue. Read our Q&A below and learn more about this…

Let's Talk Stress: Art, Yoga and Social Distancing 

Host Melissa Griffin talks with Marc Settembrino, a sociology professor and certified yoga instructor, about the impacts of stress in a post-COVID world and ways to combat it using yoga (even for people who don't practice yoga), art and personal…

The Importance of Art Education

Written by Melissa Griffin, Executive Director

I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing firsthand how art education reinforces a student’s regular curriculum in a fun and engaging way.  In art classes, elementary students are identifying shapes and colors, as well…

Fine & Functional Shopping Guide

Give the gift of art this holiday season with choice selections from Hammond Regional Arts Center’s Fine & Functional exhibition. The show’s curators have selected some of the best works to make the perfect present ranging from books for children…

Barbara Tardo: Stunning Kindness & Generosity

Exhibition curator Denise Tullier-Holly, artist Barbara Tardo, HRAC director Melissa Griffin
Photo by Phillip Colwart

It's been such a pleasure working with, and getting to know, artist Barbara Tardo. Over many decades she has been a supporter and…

Art Talk Thursday: Barbara Tardo

Join HRAC for Art Talk Thursday for a retrospective into the life and art of Barbara Tardo! Listen to Tardo as she gives insight to her life as an artist.

The opening for "Sand Reliefs & Other Works"…

Tutorial Tuesday: Bottle Caps


It's time for #TutorialTuesday! This week features bottle caps!

If you make something, show it off to us by tagging us on social media!


DIYs for Adults & Kids