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Artbreak wraps up 30th annual arts festival

The Shreveport Regional Arts Council wants you to feel the impact of art. That's why they put on Artbreak.
The Shreveport Regional Arts Council wants you to feel the impact of art.

Artbreak wrapped up its 30th anniversary Sunday afternoon at the Shreveport Convention Center.

It's a festival that showcases art from students in Bossier and Caddo parishes.

Jilian Collins is in the 5th grade at A.C. Steere Elementary School in Shreveport. The 10 year-old says it's exciting to see her creation on display.

"My art is put up here, it's called 'Crazy Hair Day,' and that's pretty much why I came,” Jilian says. “And my sister has art here, so we just wanted to come see our art."

No matter which way you turned, art surrounded you.

"We hope that where they are today will take them into a world of either becoming a professional artist, or supporting professional artists," says Pam Atchison, Executive Director of SRAC.

Atchison says the art scene in Shreveport is growing, and it's thanks to independent artists finding their own niche.

"It really is the entrepreneurial ‘I can do this, I've got an idea, I'm putting it forward no matter what,’" says Atchison.

Cristin Callaway is an artist from Texas, and she's visiting Artbreak for the first time.

"I love looking at the artwork, getting ideas,” says Callaway. “I draw for little kids' rooms sometimes, and so I like coming here, getting ideas."

Other than artistic exposure, SRAC also awards $20,000 in cash prizes to students when the arts festival is over.

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