The LSU Performing Arts Academy will kick off its first full year of operation with an open house event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the LSU Music & Dramatic Arts Building, Dalrymple Drive on campus.

The event is open to the public, rain or shine, and will feature free live performances, open workshops and demonstrations, guided tours and an “instrument petting zoo.”?

The Performing Arts Academy, which opened in January, represents an expanded effort by LSU to connect with the local community.?

“Louisiana has such a rich cultural and artistic heritage, and it would be a mistake not to help build that next generation of great musicians and performers,” said academy director Blake Wilson. “We can do that by making sure that people from all walks of life have access to excellent arts training.”

In addition to offering private music lessons, the Performing Arts Academy will expand its lineup for the fall to include early childhood programs such as Music Together, and programs like the LSU New Horizons Band, tailored for adults looking to learn a new instrument.

In response to the growing local film industry in Louisiana, the academy is also branching out to offer classes in acting, film and digital media, such as Final Cut Pro.

Visitors will be able to sample each of these classes and more at the open house event, Wilson said.

“It’s a great opportunity for folks to come kick the tires and try us out,” he added.

For more information, call (225) 578-3531.