Louisiana Public Broadcasting Presents-Louisiana: 200 Years of Statehood

LAKE CHARLES, La. (April 30, 2012)-As part of the state's Bicentennial celebration, Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) will present a free screening for Louisiana: 200 Years of Statehood on Thursday, May 17, at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center, 809 Kirby St. in Lake Charles.  The documentary film is being planned in conjunction with the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana and the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission. 

The documentary, narrated by Harry Connick, Jr., will begin at 7 p.m. in the theatre with a special presentation by Shelley Johnson, executive director of the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau; Fred Stark, Bicentennial mural artist; and Beth Courtney with LPB.  The film will follow a glimpse of the newest downtown public art mural located on the side of locally-owned dessert shop, Sweets & Treats.  Local artist Fred Stark, whose murals appear in 16 states, is creating a large scale Bicentennial-themed mural to illustrate our Southwest Louisiana connection to the state's 200 year legacy.  Composed in three different layers and timelines, the mural will show the visual history of Louisiana from 1812 to 2012 and include local ties with the centennial anniversaries of four local historic landmarks.

Major funding for Louisiana: 200 Years of Statehood was provided by Entergy Louisiana, the Reilly Family Foundation, the Propane Dealers of Louisiana and ExxonMobil Baton Rouge.  For more information, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at 337-436-9588 or log onto www.visitlakecharles.org/200.