Louisiana music and art is the theme of an exhibition and panel discussion at the Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane, during Black History Month.

Louisiana Music: An Artistic Tribute, will run through Tuesday, Feb. 26, with subjects ranging from blues and zydeco imagery to jazz-inspired Afro-Caribbean abstraction. A closing reception is set for 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, highlighted by an interactive panel discussion at 3:30 p.m. on “Neo-Synthesis in Southern Louisiana Music and Art.” The panel will be moderated by Eloise E. Johnson and will feature Joseph Pearson, Dennis Paul Williams, Clifton Webb, Martin Payton, Marcus Akinlana and AumRa Frezel.

Admission is free.

Organized by Cultural Crossroads, Inc., in conjunction with Baton Rouge Collects, the exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, collages and fiber art by Frederick Brown, John Scott, Emerson Bell, Addie Dawson-Euba, Jacquelyn Hughes-Mooney, Kimberly Lewis, Charles Siler, Irene Tucker, Randell Henry and Cheryl McKay Dixon.

According to Joyce Jackson, president of Cultural Crossroads, “We are now seeing a renewed emphasis on the synthesis of the arts, including culinary and performance arts in Southern Louisiana cultural expressions. The panelists will begin by discussing new developments in art and music and end with attempting to identify the metaphysical and physiological foundation for these phenomena.”

Cultural Crossroads, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to programming the artistic expressions of African-American people and to exposing those connections to Africa and the diaspora. For more information, call (225) 751-9911.

Louisiana State Archives