By McCray Sutherlin
Last year, Ogden Park Civic Association partnered up with local artist collective, Elevator Projects, with the goal of creating a community arts festival around the beloved Ogden Park. After a successful debut, they decided to gear up for a second annual celebration.
On September 27, artists, musicians, craftspeople and foodies alike will gather on the grounds of Ogden Park for a day filled with music, art, and much more.
“We want to have family, friends and all sorts of people in attendance,” Robin Neil, President of the Ogden Park Civic Association said.
“The festival will be open to the public, and free to all participants and artists. Our goal is to one day be the largest neighborhood arts festival in the state.”
Official musical performances will include The Rakers, Kristin Kirchner from Polly Pry, and Prom Date. The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge will also provide “artless zombies,” who will stroll throughout the neighborhood playing music and talking to people about art.
“I moved there [Mid-City] back in the Spring, and I really love the neighborhood,” David Fuller of Prom Date said. “This event is one of the key times that they showcase the neighborhood and the artists that live there, so I’m excited to be a part of it. We’ve been playing around Baton Rouge for quite a few years now and it was really great to see Atomic Pop Shop starting to have in-house sets. I’m so happy to be a part of the community that Mid-City provides. Such enthusiastic and creative people live in the area. I love the Baton Rouge community so much, it’s fun to take a more active role in it.”
FOOD & DRINK
“We are going to have several food vendors, so be sure to come hungry!” Neil said. “We’ll have a soul kitchen, hot dogs and lemonade provided by the Greater Mt. Gideon Youth Group, as well as home-made Cajun cuisine.
“We are also going to have a ‘Bier Garten’ provided by Andrew Keller. It will be set up like a German Beer Garden, along with an accordion player by his side.”
For sweets, the Delta Undergraduate Literary Journal will provide baked goods and Jim Vogler will be bringing out a collection of local honey.
In addition, Jeaux Boy’s will be bringing out Cajun BBQ and Pure Delight Coffee will have that brown caffeine filled beverage ready for those sleepy attendees.
ARTS & CRAFTS
The Ogden Park grounds will have a variety of different local arts and crafts vendors. Clothing items include t-shirts, hand bags, jackets, as well as tie-dye goodies and print making booths.
There will be a plethora of different art items available; including original paintings, sketches, acrylics, ceramics, prints, photography, ink drawings, hand-sewn monsters and more.
“Ogden Park is a great neighborhood with lots of eclectic people that believe in art,” Neil said. “Art is a great way for the community to get together as well as a way for us to become a more progressive city in general. So, come experience Ogden Park, the best eight blocks in Baton Rouge.”
Ogden Park Prowl
September 27, 1-6 p.m.