Renée Chatelain to head Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge _lowres

Renée Chatelain

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge named Renée M. Chatelain as its new president and chief executive officer.

Chatelain, who will assume her new role later this summer, is executive director of the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts, a position she has held for the past five years.

Chatelain is replacing Eric Holowacz, who left in February.

Board Chairman Brian Haymon said at the time that Holowacz had resigned, but Moffitt Aycock, former interim director of the Community Fund for the Arts Campaign, said Haymon told the Arts Council staff Holowacz had been fired.

Holowacz since announced he would, with other local arts organizations in the area, create a free resource called the Creative Development Bureau.

Chatelain said she is thrilled “to become part of the Arts Council in this capacity, to advocate for and support arts and cultural initiatives in Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.”

She is an attorney whose previous experience includes work as an arts administrator and teacher at Episcopal High School and the Dunham School, as well as co-founding the Mid-City Dance Project, a dance company for underserved and special needs children.

Haymon said Chatelain “has the knowledge, experience and leadership qualities to bring the Arts Council to a new level of impact in our community. We are thrilled to have her on board.”

The transition period for Chatelain will begin immediately, and she will be introduced at the annual meeting of the Arts Council at 6 p.m. June 16 at the LSU Museum of Art at the Shaw Center.