NEW WEBSITE HELPS ARTISTS AFFECTED BY KATRINA AND RITA -- 02/08/2006
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8, 2006
NEW WEBSITE HELPS ARTISTS AFFECTED BY KATRINA AND RITA
Baton Rouge, LA - The Office of Cultural Development in the Louisiana Department of Culture Recreation and Tourism has created a Cultural Resource Community Website to help artists and cultural organizations recover from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The site provides a registry, bulletin board, and outlet to other online resources to help those serving the cultural resource community. It is designed for artists and organizations to publicly post their needs, find work and inform those who are willing and able to help on what goods, services, and support is most needed.
"We know that for our state to recover from the nation's worst natural disaster in history, Louisiana's cultural assets must be rebuilt and restored," said Lt. Governor Landrieu, who oversees the Office of Cultural Development in the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
The goal of the registry is to match needs to resources during the rebuilding process. It provides cultural practitioners with contact and background information for musicians, performers, arts administrators, preservationists, museum professionals, and craftsmen. This feature allows visitors to search for artists by name or specific fields such as dance, music and theatre among many.
The bulletin board gives visitors to the site a chance to post jobs as well as search for jobs. This message board is not limited to local artists it also gives artists around the country the opportunity to offer their services to the rebuilding efforts taking place in hurricane impacted areas.
"We are offering these resources to artists and organizations in an effort to assist them with getting assistance specific to their needs so they can recover at their own pace and even learn how to better prepare in the event another natural disaster occurs." Said Assistant Secretary Pam Breaux, with the Office of Cultural Development. The site also serves as an outlet to other sites that offer information on jobs, preservation, and other recovery tips. Visitors can also share their work and experiences as an online resource.
To learn more about the Cultural Resource Community Website please visit http://www.crt.state.la.us/culturalassets/