Panel and performances focus on how Baton Rouge worships and diversifies

     Wednesday, September 13  6-8


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With Baton Rouge’s 200th Anniversary in full swing, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Office of Cultural Development will host the first in a series of four panels highlighting aspects of the Baton Rouge Traditions project. The first panel, titled Baton Rouge Traditions: How We Worship and Diversify, will be held Wednesday, Sept 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Mid-City Ballroom, 136 S. Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge’s Mid-City neighborhood.

The event, a collaboration with The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, will have Dr. Dereck J. Rovaris, Chief Diversity Officer at Louisiana State University, leading a panel discussion of Religious leaders from our city. It will also feature Sri Santosh Kumar Acharya Samudrala with Datta Temple giving a Hindu worship puja demonstration followed by tabla drumming by Dandina Rao with Ramnik Modha and other bhajan singers. The event will end with a performance of Negro spirituals by Heritage led by Rev. Clarence Jones. The panel and events are free and open to the public.

Quilters from The Giving Quilt and Wasted Women Quilting Bee will be at present inviting attendees to participate in making quilt squares. The quilters will make a commemorative quilt that will travel with the Baton Rouge Traditions exhibit.

The project of the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and an Archie Green Fellowship to Maida Owens and the Louisiana Folklore Society from the Library of Congress. The documentation is also deposited in the Library of Congress. The online book can be accessed at You can learn about all Baton Rouge Bicentennial events by

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