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WELCOME


The Center provides services which would otherwise not be available in the area/region. With a multitude of programs, River Oaks is considered the cultural hub for CENLA. Expansion of programs is crucial to success. The Center's major accomplishment is providing a platform for working artists and offering educational opportunities as an extension to their talent. This dynamic is incomparable to any other organization in our area. Providing a creative environment and compensating working artists for their talent is what we take pride in. Creating an awareness and appreciation of these artists is what we strive to expand. Over the past several years, numerous projects have had a systemic element. Impact can be measured by attendance in classes, receptions and audience response to numerous fundraisers/special events. Due in part to these strategic activities, we have witnessed an increase in audience participation, thus, reiterating the success and impact of our programming, our organization and the arts.
 

ABOUT RIVER OAKS SQUARE ARTS CENTER


River Oaks Square is a contemporary visual arts and fine crafts center comprised of three galleries and resident artists studios.  In 1979, the Bolton Family donated their family home to the City of Alexandria in an agreement it would be used solely for the arts. The Bolton Home was the catalyst for River Oaks Square Arts Center. Circa 1899, the house is exemplary of Queen Anne Revival Architect in Louisiana and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. After years of renovation to the Bolton Home, River Oaks opened its’ doors in 1984 to meet the needs of the community which it serves. In 1999, a new 15,000 square foot Studio Annex building opened it’s doors to meet the changing, additional needs of the Center. Both buildings occupy a one block square lot in Downtown Alexandria’s Cultural District. The Studio Annex Building houses 25 studios, 3 galleries, an on-site Arts Academy, a university comparable ceramics lab, as well as rental space. The 8,000 square foot Bolton Home houses administrative offices, 7 studios and a gallery gift shop, featuring works of art from over 200 artists. For over 32 years, the center's primary mission is promotion of contemporary visual art and fine crafts;  stimulating interest in, exhibition of, education through and appreciation for national, regional and resident artists and their work. Currently, there are over 35 artists in residence (occupying studio space); an on-site arts academy provides continuous classes for adults and youth; presentation of twenty plus exhibitions are featured annually; outreach events are conducted for rural parishes/minority schools; collaborative efforts are ongoing with special needs organizations; and unique projects for youth stimulate knowledge and appreciation of fine arts and crafts. During 2016, works from over 250 contemporary visual artists will be featured within the center's galleries, generating numerous sales and promotional opportunities. 

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HISTORY


In 1979, the Bolton Family donated their family home to the City of Alexandria in an agreement it would be used solely for the arts. The Bolton Home was the catalyst for River Oaks Square Arts Center. Circa 1899, the house is exemplary of Queen Anne Revival Architect in Louisiana and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. After years of renovation to the Bolton Home, River Oaks opened its' doors in 1984 to meet the needs of the community which it serves. In 1999, a new 15,000 square foot Studio Annex building opened it's doors to meet the changing, additional needs of the Center. Both buildings occupy a one block square lot in Downtown Alexandria's Cultural District and are connected by a unique columned walk-way. The Studio Annex Building houses 25 studios, 3 galleries, an on-site Arts Academy, a full scale ceramics studio (four kilns), and rental space. The 8,000 square foot Bolton Home houses administrative offices, 7 studios and a gallery gift shop, featuring works of art from over 200 artists. For over 30 years, it has been River Oaks Square Arts Center's (ROSAC) mission to promote contemporary visual art and fine crafts, to stimulate interest in, exhibition of, education of and appreciation for regional, resident, and local artists and their work. Currently, there are over 40 artists in residence (occupying studio space); an on-site arts academy provides continuous classes for adults and youth; presentation of twenty four exhibits are featured annually; outreach events are conducted for rural parishes/minority schools; collaborative efforts are ongoing with special needs organizations; and unique projects for youth stimulate knowledge and appreciation of fine arts and crafts.

OUR MISSION


It is River Oaks Square Arts Center's mission to promote contemporary visual arts while providing educational programming that stimulates interest in, exhibition of, and appreciation for visual artists and their work.
 

To fulfill this mission we:

 
• Operate and maintain galleries and studios to support exhibitions and broad based arts education programs.
 
• Provide a venue for features and sales of contemporary works from national, regional and local artists.
 
• Provide an understanding of the vital role the arts play in the enrichment of community life and cultural heritage.
 
• Offer a premier visual arts Summer Program for children.

• Provide Outreach Programs for Youth, Disabled, Under-served and Elderly populations of the community.

All while mainting dedicated standards of excellence in the arts.

Board of Directors


  • Dr. Anna Moreau
    SECRETARY
  • Elizabeth Randall
    VICE PRESIDENT
  • Gray Easterling
    TREASURER
  • Leetha Harris
    PRESIDENT
3 YEAR TERM
  • Caroline Simons

  • Courtney Loyacano
  • Dr. Agnes Solon Ashby
  • Jennifer Munstermann
  • Julia Welch
  • LaDonna Hargis
  • Sam Young
  • Sarah Kramer
  • Tammi Salazar
  • Tommy Brasher
2 YEAR TERM
  • Angela Parrish
  • Candi Connella
  • Carla Guillory
  • Dr. Anna Moreau
  • Fran Terry
  • Janine Ferguson
  • John Gunter
  • Mimi Kirzner
  • Nancy Meadaa
  • Noelle Crowell
  • Nydia Freedman
  • Robin Gosserand
  • Tony Martin
1 YEAR TERM
  • Dr. Betsy Long
  • Evelyn Sisco
  • Jackie Elliott
  • Joe Betty Sterkx
  • Pam Rubin
  • Susan Ratcliff Corbyn
  • Tish Fresh
EMERITUS MEMBERS
  • Bobbi M. Hess (non-voting)
  • Janet Ahrens
  • Fran Davis
  • Gray Easterling
  • Jan Fowler

  • Leetha Harris
ADVISORY
  • Judith Keifer

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