All around the state, artists of all genres, arts organizations and cultural economy businesses are planning celebrations of the arts and the professionals whose talents create the rich cultural fabric of our state with Shop Local Artists Week, happening the first full week of December. This year, that's Sunday, Dec. 5 through Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021.
Shop Local Artists Week is a great time for holiday shopping, for truly one-of-a-kind gifts and arts experiences. Peruse the offerings of local galleries and museums. Attend a concert and pick up music from some of your favorite artists. Consider purchasing tickets to a community theatre or performing arts center, for a chance to make memories with your gift recipient. Art workshops provide an opportunity to enhance artistic skills or to discover new passions. For avid readers, what better gift than a book penned by and signed by local authors? And explore the world of culinary arts with unique dining experiences at local restaurants.
Can’t decide? Gift certificates are an ideal choice for your special recipients. And don’t forget to pick up a something for yourself, too!
Find information on local events at https://shoplocalartistsweek.com and https://www.facebook.com/ShopLocalArtistsWeek.
From metropolitan cities to rural communities, a variety of Shop Local Artist Week events are being created and presented by local artists and cultural organizations. To find events, contact your local Cultural District, Main Street or Arts Agency.
Shop Local Artists Week started in St. Tammany Parish--it was established in 2017 by the Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition--it became a statewide event the following year with the Louisiana Senate Concurrent Resolution penned by Louisiana Sen. Sharon Hewitt and Rep. Greg Cromer. Today, it is a nationwide celebration of art held during the first full week of December each year, promoted and supported by Americans for the Arts. See AFTA's Shop Local Artist Week page here.