The Lion's Roar

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...

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...

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...

When a staircase becomes a stage

Ameal Cameron, an alumnus, publicized his new album through his performance at the Hammond Regional Arts Center.

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

September 13, 2018

Live performances, beverages and an intimate atmosphere have attracted Hammond’s residents to the Hammond Regional Arts Center for the past three months. The HRAC’s most recent series entitled “Playing the Staircase” has featured local musicians on the last Friday of each month since this...

Ducote’s journey in culinary arts and media

The Hammond Regional Arts Center featured the culinary arts of Chef Jay Ducote of Gov’t Taco on July 9. Ducote made his place in the culinary media world with his blog “Bite and Booze” and by appearing on culinary shows such as “Food Network Star” and “MasterChef.”

Jennifer Dettwiller, Staff Reporter

July 23, 2018

Chef Jay Ducote of Gov’t Taco began his path of becoming a chef in an unusual way.  Ducote had a string of unrelated jobs, first as a high school math teacher and baseball coach. Then, he went to work for the Louisiana government doing grant writing and policy research. He went to college for ec...