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The Lion's Roar

HRAC takes initiative with new online projects

The Hammond Regional Arts Center has instituted several projects to keep people creative at home, including #ChalktheWalkTangi. Locals can submit photo chalk art to HRAC to be featured on their social media.

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

May 7, 2020

With a pandemic that has caused several businesses to close their doors, many people have been deprived of their chance to enjoy the arts. Businesses might be closed, but that has not stopped the Hammond Regional Arts Center from sharing art and providing entertainment for the community. The HRAC is u...

Young artist opening exhibition brings hundreds of guests

Two art teachers of Tangipahoa Parish view a three dimensional sculpture at the annual Young Artist Exhibition. The artwork will be on display until March 27.

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

March 7, 2020

The Hammond Regional Arts Center experienced one of their most attended opening exhibitions as people gathered to see the work of local young artists. As part of an annual tradition for National Youth Art Month, the HRAC opened the Young Artist Exhibition to the public on March 6 from 5-8 p.m. Friends,...

Young artist showcase

A young artist from last year's exhibition presents his artwork on the opening night.  This year's opening night for the Young Artist Exhibition will take place on March 6 from 5-8 p.m.

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

March 3, 2020

In celebration of National Youth Art Month, art educators of Tangipahoa Parish have submitted the works of K-12 students to be showcased in an exhibition. The Hammond Regional Arts Center will be hosting the annual Young Artists Exhibition to highlight the emerging talents of young artists. Opening...

Hammond Regional Arts Center honors the legacy of Marjorie Morrison

The Hammond Regional Arts Center is opened Wednesday through Friday from 12- 6 p.m. For more information contact HRAC 985-542-7113.

Gabrielle Wood, Staff Reporter

January 30, 2020

Marjorie Morrison, advocate of the arts and former wife of U.S. Senator Jim Morrison, has been featured through the works of Hammond artists Pat Macaluso and Denise Tullier-Holly. The exhibit is formally titled “The Marjorie Morrison Sculpture Biennial” and opened at the Hammond Regional Arts C...

Fine and Functional sells local artwork for gift-giving season

The Hammond Regional Arts Center hosted its annual Fine & Functional event to support local artists and allow visitors to purchase handmade gifts for the holiday season.

Symiah Dorsey, Staff Reporter

November 16, 2019

As the holiday season began, people sought out to buy original, handmade gifts. The Hammond Regional Arts Center, located downtown, continued its holiday traditions by hosting its annual Fine and Functional show. The opening exhibition took place on Nov. 15 starting at 5 p.m. This event allowed artists in...

HRAC infuses membership gala with Cuba

The Hammond Regional Arts Center's annual membership gala featured music from the Julio and Cesar Band. The Cuban-styled night also included a display of cigar box guitars.

Gerard Borne, Staff Reporter

May 13, 2019

The Hammond Regional Arts Center celebrated its annual membership gala with a display of Cuban cigar box guitars, drinks and food from Mojitos Bistro and the Julio and Cesar Band. The festivities were held at HRAC on May 10 from 5-8 p.m. This year, the gala's theme was "A Night in Havana." "This...

Make local, summer plans in the arts

Make local, summer plans in the arts

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

May 7, 2019

During the summer, the celebration of creative expression will continue through activities from exhibitions to art camps. On campus, the Contemporary Art Gallery will exhibit a series of works from Evan Fugazzi, an artist from Philadelphia, from June 10 to August 30. On June 27-29, theatre alumni w...

Rising artists showcase their projects

Many members of the community, including relatives of the artists, visited the Hammond Regional Arts Center during its opening reception. Artwork ranging from paintings to sculptures will be on display through Mar. 29.

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

March 9, 2019

Artists in grades K-12 have their works on display in downtown Hammond. The Hammond Regional Arts Center held the opening reception for the "Young Artists Exhibition" on Friday, Mar. 8 from 5-8 p.m. Maureen Joyce, executive director of the HRAC, explained that students from surrounding elementary...

Fostering romance with art

Kendall Alvis, an instructor at Painting with a Twist, teaches a class on painting a mermaid and a beach scene. Along with the Hammond Regional Arts Center and the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Painting with a Twist is a venue in Hammond that can mingle romance and art.

Diamond Hollins, Staff Reporter

February 12, 2019

For an aura of romance and creativity, couples can find venues like the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, Painting with a Twist and the Hammond Regional Arts Center, all located in downtown Hammond, as a way to express their feelings through art. Roy Blackwood, executive director of the Col...

Cocktails, music and Moulin Rouge await

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

February 6, 2019

The Hammond Regional Arts Center looks towards a third successful year of "Art of the Cocktail" with an increase in bartenders. "Art of the Cocktail" is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8 starting at 6:30 p.m. in HRAC. This year, the theme is Moulin Rouge, and the number of participating bartenders grew...

A community nurtures the arts

The Hammond Regional Arts Center promotes the arts through exhibitions and events like the Common Read, inviting Kate Moore, author of

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

February 5, 2019

Through more than an exhibition, the Hammond Regional Arts Center promotes and brings local, regional and national art to its community. According to Tara Bennett, media coordinator for the HRAC, the arts center “provides an avenue for everyone in Tangipahoa Parish to enrich their lives through a...

Playing the Staircase with Robison

Department Head of History and Political Science William Robison developed his love for music since childhood.

Madeline Cancienne , Staff Reporter

November 26, 2018

Beyond his university position, Department Head of History and Political Science William Robison fulfilled his childhood aspirations in music.  Robison shared that his love for music began at an early age. “I’ve been playing music all of my life,” said Robison. “I started singing as a li...

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