The annual Louisiana Culture Awards - presented on April 22 in Baton Rouge - recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's culture by organizations and individuals for work in communities, education, archaeology and historic preservation.
"It is a tremendous honor for Banners and McNeese State University to be recognized for our work in the community," said Patricia Prudhomme, director of Banners.
The Banners Cultural Series is presented in the spring and features more than 20 outstanding performances related to the arts and humanities including lectures, performances, exhibits and music.
"For more than two decades, Banners has delivered entertaining and unique arts and humanities programs to the citizens of Southwest Louisiana," said Dr. Philip Williams, McNeese president.
Banners at McNeese includes the annual cultural season, educational programming for area K-12 students and collaborations with other organizations to support the arts and humanities in Southwest Louisiana.
"This recognition highlights the priority that Lt. Gov. Dardenne and his office place on the mission of higher education and we are thrilled that Banners has been selected for this award during our 75th anniversary celebration," Williams said.
According to Prudhomme, the mission of Banners at McNeese is to "provide our community with easy access to exceptional arts and humanities programming and education that are unique to our area. We want to enhance the quality of life in our region and make the area more attractive to people, businesses and industry relocating to Southwest Louisiana."
"Each year, with the support of our sponsors, we bring arts and humanities programs and performances to more than 15,000 K-12 students in Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes that are designed to develop creative, innovative and entrepreneurial thinking," added Prudhomme.
"Each honoree has made outstanding contributions to Louisiana's culture," said Dardenne. "Winners were selected by the Louisiana State Arts Council, Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, Louisiana Archaeological Survey and Antiquities Commission, Louisiana Folklife Commission and Council for the Development of French in Louisiana from public nominations."
Banners at McNeese is supported by corporate sponsors, memberships, grants and annual fundraisers including the immensely popular Rouge et Blanc food and wine event. The Banners Committee is all volunteers and includes community members and McNeese faculty, staff and students.
Prudhomme said there is still time to enjoy exciting events in this Banners season. Visit www.banners.org for more information.