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2021 Community-Wide Reading Program

Forum 225

Vision: "To enhance the vitality of the Baton Rouge community through civic-minded and service-oriented young professionals."

In the Summer of 2020, Forum 225 coordinated a three-part series to help educate the community on racism in the region featuring local community leaders: 

US Dept. of Agriculture Rural Housing

USDA RD Louisiana:

"We are committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. Through our programs, we help rural Americans in many ways." - About RD

Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants [PDF Fact Sheet]

"Why does USDA Rural Development do this?
Helping people stay in their own home and keep it in good repair helps families and their communities. Homeownership helps families and individuals build savings over time. It strengthens communities and helps many kinds of businesses that support the local economy."

Rural Home Loans (Direct Program) [PDF Fact Sheet]

"Why does USDA Rural Development do this?
USDA Rural Development’s Section 502 Direct Loan Program provides a path to homeownership for low- and very-low-income families living in rural areas, and families who truly have no other way to make affordable homeownership a reality. Providing these affordable homeownership opportunities promotes prosperity, which in turn creates thriving communities and improves the quality of life in rural areas."

Fair Housing in Louisiana

Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center

1340 Poydras St #710, New Orleans, LA 70112


Louisiana Housing Corporation

2415 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70808


City of Baton Rouge - Parish of East Baton Rouge Parish

P.O. Box 1471, Baton Rouge, LA 70821


LSU Museum of Art

LSU Museum of Art


Free First Sunday / Community Quilt Installation on View
March 7 from 1-5 p.m. / Free admission
Letitia Huckaby: This Same Dusty Road closing March 14

Free admission from 1-5 p.m. View LSU Museum of Art's current exhibition, Letitia Huckaby: This Same Dusty Road, before it closes March 14. Roam the galleries and view LSU MOA's Community Quilt Project, an installation where portrait submissions from the community have been created into quilts. Masks required. Thank you to our sponsors of Free First Sunday: Louisiana Lottery Corporation, IBERIABANK, a division of First Horizon, and Louisiana CAT.

Upcoming Programs / The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design 

Sit and Learn Series

Learn more from contemporary chair designers, hear from local chair collectors, and explore Louisiana chair history with local scholars. Stay tuned for interactive chair challenges and more activities in this series.

  • VIRTUAL GALLERY TALK / March 14 at 2 p.m. on Zoom 
    Learn more about the exhibition during this virtual gallery talk with LSU MOA Curator Courtney Taylor. Free to attend / Register for opening virtual gallery talk on or
  • CONTEMPORARY MAKERS / March 24 at 4:30 p.m. on Zoom
    LSU MOA Educator Grant Benoit in conversation with contemporary makers Eleanor Campbell Richards and Aspen Golann on their chair designs and studio practices.
  • MY FAVORITE CHAIR / April 11 at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
    Conversation with local designers, collectors, and furniture enthusiasts about their chair choosing memories and the furniture they live with at home.
  • DESIGNER STUDIO VISIT / April 29 at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom
    Featuring local designer, Damien Mitchell, in his workspace discussing his design practice including a recent chair design.
  • CHAIR CHALLENGES / TBD Fun interactive make & take activities centered around chair design.
  • Free to attend / Register here for LSU MOA Sit and Learn Program Series:

Evicted Exhibit

National Building Museum’s traveling Evicted Exhibition is coming to Baton Rouge!

March 25 - May 28, 2021

Evicted is an immersive, thought-provoking exhibition that addresses the reality of low-income renter eviction, based upon the book of the same title by Matthew Desmond. The exhibition will be on display at the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge’s Firehouse Gallery (427 Laurel Street) from March 25 through May 28, 2021. This exhibition is included as part of the Arts Council’s annual Ebb & Flow festival season’s ART FLOW, which hosts touring exhibitions biannually, with a juried Statewide visual art competition occurring in alternating years.

A collaboration with best-selling author, professor of sociology at Princeton University, and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Matthew Desmond, Evicted offers an immersive experience bringing visitors into the world of low-income renter eviction. With unique design elements and striking graphics, the exhibition challenges adults and youth to face the enormity of a difficult subject, while providing context and a call to action.

Brought to you by the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge

Firehouse Gallery, 427 Laurel Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801

For more information, including program dialogue and exhibition sponsorship, please contact Sharbreon Plummer, 225-344-8558 or

Build Baton Rouge

Mission: "Bringing people and resources together to promote equitable investment, innovative development, and thriving communities across all of Baton Rouge."

Build Baton Rouge provides a Toolbox of key terms and definitions to help you navigate the world of housing is the region: 


Mission: "Founded in 2012, MetroMorphosis is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform urban communities from within. Through this mission, the organization seeks to develop and mobilize a critical mass of engaged citizens to design and implement sustainable solutions to persistent community challenges."

Urban Renewal Blog & Podcast: 

Louisiana Housing Corporation

"The LHC administers federal and state funds through programs designed to advance the development of energy efficient and affordable housing for low and moderate income families, drives housing policy for Louisiana and oversees the state’s Disaster Housing Task Force." - Purpose & History

Resources for Homeownership: 

Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina [64 Parishes]:

Hurricane Katrina's landfall in Louisiana and the subsequent levee failures resulted in one of the worst disasters in United States history.