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Local organizations recognized by Lt. Gov. Dardenne

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(Source: Louisiana Office of Cultural Development) (Source: Louisiana Office of Cultural Development)
Patricia Prudhomme, Director of the Banners Cultural Series at McNeese, accepts the Outstanding Arts Organization of the Year Award. (Source: Louisiana Office of Cultural Development) Patricia Prudhomme, Director of the Banners Cultural Series at McNeese, accepts the Outstanding Arts Organization of the Year Award. (Source: Louisiana Office of Cultural Development)
Local historian A.C. Boudier receives the Historic Preservation Leadership Award. (Source: Louisiana Office of Cultural Development) Local historian A.C. Boudier receives the Historic Preservation Leadership Award. (Source: Louisiana Office of Cultural Development)
Erica McCreedy, Executive Director at the Arts Council of SWLA, accepts the proclamations honoring the council. (Source: Louisiana Office of Cultural Development) Erica McCreedy, Executive Director at the Arts Council of SWLA, accepts the proclamations honoring the council. (Source: Louisiana Office of Cultural Development)
Misty Clanton, Director of Community Service and DeRidder Main Street Manager, accepts the award honoring her program. (Source: Louisiana Office of Cultural Development) Misty Clanton, Director of Community Service and DeRidder Main Street Manager, accepts the award honoring her program. (Source: Louisiana Office of Cultural Development)
BATON ROUGE, LA (KPLC) -

Four local organizations were among those recognized recently by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne at the 2014 Louisiana Culture Awards reception at Capitol Park Museum in Baton Rouge.

The event was held in conjunction with the annual Culture Connection arts conference.

The McNeese Banners Cultural Series received the Outstanding Arts Organization of the Year Award. Patricia Prudhomme, Director of the Banners Cultural Series at McNeese, accepted the award on behalf of the series.

Local historian A.C. Bourdier with the Calcasieu Historical Preservation Society received the Historic Preservation Leadership Award.

The Arts Council of SWLA received two proclamations from Dardenne acknowledging the organization's local economic initiatives and their status as a community organization who administers the Decentralized Arts Funding grant. Erica McCreedy, Executive Director at the Arts Council of SWLA, accepted the proclamations on behalf of the council.

The DeRidder Main Street Program was honored along with 36 other main street programs statewide -- including those in Crowley, Eunice, Leesville and Natchitoches -- as part of the Louisiana Main Street program's 30th anniversary. Misty Clanton, Director of Community Service and DeRidder Main Street Manager, accepted the award honoring her program.

In a separate news release, Dardenne announced on Monday that the Louisiana tourism industry resulted in $10.8 billion in visitor spending from roughly 27.3 million visitors to the state in 2013.

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