Banners Series set to kick off Saturday - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Banners Series kicks off Saturday

(Source: Banners Series) (Source: Banners Series)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The McNeese Banners Series is set to kick off its first performance of the season this Saturday. 

A ventriloquist, jazz musician, blues singer and a string quartet are just a few of the more than 20 artists heading to Lake Charles.

"We try to offer something to everyone," Banners director Patricia Prudhomme said. "You come and you're going to find something you like."

Over the past 21 years, Banners has brought artists and entertainers to the Lake Area. This year, they are adding an even bigger emphasis on arts education.

"The artists that come to us for a season also go into the local schools," Prudhomme said.  "Part of our mission is to bring that material out to our youth. We want to encourage lifelong cultural movements."

The artists slated to perform also sign an agreement that they will speak to students at local schools.

"We know that being exposed to cultural opportunities increases test scores, improves behavior and it changes the way a child could learn the rest of their life," she said.

With budget cuts affecting education programs across the state, Prudhomme said art programs are always on the chopping block and Banners can help continue bringing arts to students.

"We go out in the community and raise all of the funds necessary to sustain the program," said Prudhomme. "So to us, it is our community that continues to make this possible."

Banners committee member Blake Soto said this season's lineup is something you do not want to miss.

"A good friend of mine spent some time in New York and we have people coming that he would pay hundreds of dollars to see in New York City," Soto said.

A year of planning is all going to pay off this weekend. The Banners Series begins this Saturday evening on the McNeese campus.

"I think 9 out of 10 people walk away learning something new or appreciating something they didn't think they would enjoy," Prudhomme said.

For more information on the Banners Series, click HERE.

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Woman Killed, grandmother injured in Lake Charles house fire

    Woman Killed, grandmother injured in Lake Charles house fire

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 10:42 AM EDT2017-05-23 14:42:42 GMT
    (Source: KPLC viewer)(Source: KPLC viewer)

    Woman killed, grandmother injured in Lake Charles house fire.

    More >>

    Woman killed, grandmother injured in Lake Charles house fire.

    More >>
  • Funeral arrangements set for former Welsh Mayor James Martin

    Funeral arrangements set for former Welsh Mayor James Martin

    Tuesday, May 23 2017 8:00 AM EDT2017-05-23 12:00:36 GMT
    (Source: Hixson Funeral Home)(Source: Hixson Funeral Home)

    Family members said former Welsh Mayor and state representative James Paul Martin died on Sunday, May 21, at the age of 88 in the comfort of his home.

    More >>

    Family members said former Welsh Mayor and state representative James Paul Martin died on Sunday, May 21, at the age of 88 in the comfort of his home.

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    Coast Guard: Uninspected vessel takes on water, runs aground in Calcasieu Ship Channel

    Coast Guard: Uninspected vessel takes on water, runs aground in Calcasieu Ship Channel

    Monday, May 22 2017 7:42 PM EDT2017-05-22 23:42:39 GMT
    (Source: Coast Guard)(Source: Coast Guard)
    A towing vessel that was uninspected began taking on water, then ran aground in the Calcasieu Ship Channel early Monday morning, officials with the Coast Guard said. The three-man crew of the 60-foot towing vessel, the Mr. Landon, "purposefully ran their vessel aground near Monkey Island to avoid sinking when they realized they were taking on water in the stern," according to a news release from the Coast Guard 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas. Approximate...More >>
    A towing vessel that was uninspected began taking on water, then ran aground in the Calcasieu Ship Channel early Monday morning, officials with the Coast Guard said. The three-man crew of the 60-foot towing vessel, the Mr. Landon, "purposefully ran their vessel aground near Monkey Island to avoid sinking when they realized they were taking on water in the stern," according to a news release from the Coast Guard 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas. Approximate...More >>
Powered by Frankly