The town of St. Francisville’s Decentralized Arts Funding grant for “Writers and Readers Symposium: A Celebration of Literature and Art” has been awarded $1,469, said Jessica Ottaviano, grants and community development director of the Greater Baton Rouge Arts Council.
Although the West Feliciana maximum for a DAF grant this year was set at $935, extra funding was available, a news release said.
Olivia Pass, chairwoman of A Celebration of Literature and Art, Inc., submitted the grant.
“This grant money is most welcome and will pay some of the honoraria for the four authors who are invited to participate in our Writers and Readers Symposium on Feb. 21. Additional grant funds will defray the cost of a videographer, who will help document this event historically. It is, indeed, exciting to have this kind of support both from the town of St. Francisville and the Decentralized Arts Funding,” Pass said.
The eighth Writers and Readers Symposium will take place at Hemingbough.
Last year, 183 people attended the symposium.
The four authors who will be reading from and discussing their works and their creative processes are Abigail Padgett, a mystery writer from California whose latest book “An Unremembered Grave” is set in St. Francisville; Ava Leavell Haymon, 2013-15 poet laureate of Louisiana; Moira Crone, a New Orleans short story writer and novelist; and Richard Sexton, a photographer and author from New Orleans.
Tickets go on sale through brownpapertickets.com and Osher Lifelong Learning at LSU on Nov. 1 for $35.
They will be sold through December at this “early bird” price. In January, the price will increase to $40, and then to $50 in February. If any tickets are available on the day of the event, the price at the door will be $60.
Monthly free, open-to-the-public literary and arts events are sponsored by CLA and coordinated by Reaves. The organization’s next event is a reading of original poetry from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the West Feliciana Public Library.