June Exhibition: Phillip Colwart

Mardi Gras Indians and Mardi Gras Subcultures
Opening Reception on Friday, June 5 from 5-8 p.m. 
Let’s Talk Art on Wednesday, June 10 at 5 p.m. 
Photographer Phillip Colwart has been documenting the rich culture of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians, the Skull & Bones Gangs and Baby Dolls for the past thirteen carnival seasons. The origins of these traditions date back to the late 19th century and are unique to New Orleans. Costume design and creation, the music and chants, the dance moves - while changing over time - reflect the legacy of the enslaved and free people of color who celebrated their gods and ancestors in Congo Square, birthplace of Jazz.

Scheduled during the opening reception are live performances by the Fi Yi Yi Mardi Gras Indians, Baby Dolls (including the celebrated Cinnamon Black), and the frighteningly mysterious Bone Gang members. A musical performance by Bruce "Sunpie" Barnes is also scheduled. The HRAC invites you to come celebrate this cultural phenomenon through Colwart's photography documentation. Events are free and open to the public.

Next Culinary Arts Series on July 13

HRAC’s 2015 Culinary Arts Series presents FIVE dinners and demonstrations by some of Louisiana’s finest chefs at the state-of-the-art demonstration facility and dining-room of Alack Culinary Equipment Superstore: 
  • Chef Angelina Drago of Pro Start on Monday, May 4
  • Chef Coy Mollega of Coy’s Contemporary Cuisine on Monday, June 8
  • Chef Michael Gulotta of MoPho on Monday, July 13
  • Chef Tony Bosco of Bosco’s Cafe on Monday, Aug. 10
  • Chef Tommy Masaracchia, Tope La Restaurant on Monday, Sept. 14

Tickets are $65 for members, $75 for non-members or $275 and $325 respectively for all five dinners. Group rates are available for full tables (8 seats) and half tables (4 seats). Be sure to join the HRAC before you buy your tickets and take advantage of the great savings by becoming a HRAC member.

Summer Art Camp Registration

This summer, jump start your creativity! Registration is already underway for Summer Art Camp featuring members of the Hammond Art Guild as class instructors. For more information, click here to read up on the dates and class schedules.

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What's new?

HRAC is happy to announce a change in our gallery hours. We are now open on Monday and closed on Saturdays.


The Hammond Regional Arts Center (HRAC) supports, promotes, and coordinates visual, performing, and literary arts in Tangipahoa Parish and surrounding parishes. Our primary mission is to enrich lives through quality arts education, develop an appreciation of the arts within individuals, and introduce the public to professional exhibitions, performances and literature.

The Hammond Regional Arts Center is supported in part by a Decentralized Arts Funding Grant from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge in cooperation with the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Louisiana State Arts Council.


Our sincere gratitude goes out to our many supporters! Special thanks to those who have shown support of our efforts to promote the arts.

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Holly & Smith Architects
Oak Street Gallery
Patron Club Members:
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Michael Ledet
Marjorie Morrison
Dr. Sue LeBlanc
Tom & Donna Gay Anderson
State Farm Agent Alexis Ducorbier
Deek and Leisa Deblieux


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