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PODS POP UP VILLAGE & COMMUNITY CENTER

APRIL, 2013

APRIL was one of the busiest months for the BR WALLS PROJECT to date. We continued Phase II with Lamar installing vinyl artwork in Downtown then tested out a new POD container art & community center model with our friends at CPEX at Better Block BR in tandem with the painting of our first murals in Mid-City. During Semaine Française d'Arnaudville the Walls Project will begin the expansion onto a state level in partnership with NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, Les Articulteurs of Redon, France, and the French Consulate in New Orleans.


ART IS (NOT) FOREVER

MARCH, 2013

MARCH was the launch of Phase II in partnership with Lamar in which Downtown BR received two more bursts of color to adorn the cityscape. Artists Ann Boudreau and Maggie Kleinpeter's pieces look spectacular! Additionally we collaborated with local artists & activists on the Inside/Out Project : ONE BR installation to celebrate people from all walks of life who make up the diverse community of Baton Rouge - watch the video shot by one of the participants. Read more at Nola.com and 225.


FORCE FOUNDER'S HOMETOWN (r)EVOLUTION @TEDxLSU

FEBUARY, 2013

As an arts activist, branding specialist and a 15 year vet of the entertainment industry Phillips took to the stage to discuss creating the landscape you wish to live in. The idea worth spreading is the necessity of understanding the social landscape of your hometown in order to inact change. The indiginous locals, Boomerang seekers and problem solvers, and the highly-motivated Transplants starving for a more diverse cultural experience requires a simple message that unifys rather than divides. Utilizing the principles of Entrepreneurial Activism Philips showed how the BR Walls Project is bringing about such change in his own Hometown (r)Evolution. Watch the amazing concept video that accompanied the talk by Eso Pop (aka Bennet Rhodes).


BETTER BLOCK BR ANNOUNCED!

JANUARY, 2013

Better Block is a demonstration tool that temporarily re-visions an area to show the potential to create a walkable, vibrant, neighborhood center. Coming to Government Street in Mid City in April, 2013, Better Block will explore possibilities for transforming the corridor into a vibrant and safe destination for pedestrians and cyclists, while maintaining quality road design that optimizes traffic flow and access to businesses. With support from the BR Walls Project, and a host of volunteer residents and businesses, the installation will include the PODS Art Community & Pop-Up business village in addition to offering residents a chance to experience new designs for the road, parking, sidewalks, landscaping, business façades, and bike lanes

TAKING ART TO THE PARKS

DECEMBER, 2012

In partnership with BREC, and the Downtown Development District the BR Walls Project unveiled Wall #3 at the Convention Street Park. Located in the heart of the city this park was brought to life by muralists Alex Harvie and TJ Black's creation depicting the downtown skyline and outlying neighborhoods. Special thanks to Jeff and Lynne Pisto for their generous donation towards the installation and we hope this is the first of many parks the Walls Project helps enliven. Read more in 225 magazine here. Read more from 225 here.


THE FORCE OF ENTREPRENEURIAL ACTIVISM

NOVEMBER, 2012

Creative Louisiana, a monthly morning meetup for creative types, held its November meetup on Friday, November 30, 2012 at the Camelot Club in Downtown Baton Rouge. The featured guest speaker was Force founder Casey Phillips explained the ideology and process behind starting the BR Walls Project. Participants were treated to a floor exercise on how to use the arts to impact change in their community through activism and creativity.


THE BUTTERFLIES OF FLORIDA STREET

OCTOBER, 2012

Wall #2 is now complete. Butterflies dance across the piece named 'Sacrifie' which was completed in mid-October. Thanks to muralist Joseph Konert, building owners Craig Harrington & Danny McGlynn, Architectural CoatingS, Sherwin Williams, Loupe Theory Studios, SuperIntern Mizz Molly Loubiere, and all the support from the local media and our BR Wall family. Read more at DIG here.


BUST FOR BREAST CANCER AWARENESS

SPETEMBER, 2012

Kathryn Thorpe of the Force Agency co-organized the 1st Annual BUST fundraiser for @Woman's Hospital. "Flirty, young models sporting bejeweled, bedazzled, feathered and otherwise adorned bras took to the runway at the Manship Theatre’s Hartley-Vey Studio to BUST Breast Cancer at one of the more unique runway shows to hit the Capital City in quite a while. The 30-plus bras were transformed by area artists for the show and then auctioned off to benefit Woman’s Hospital’s mobile mammography coach and patient navigator programs." - Advocate


SMART PUBLIC ART

AUGUST, 2012

The Force Agency founder Casey Phillips will be a featured speaker at the 2012 Smart Growth Summit on August 28th (Noon) at the Shaw Center for the Arts. This session, 'SMART ART : CREATIVE ENTREPRENEURSHIP' will explore unconventional tools that can be used to help revitalize a community, including entrepreneurship and public art. Phillips will be joined by Alan Williams of Neighborland that was recently featured by NPR for their development initiatives in New Orleans and nationwide. The conference is open to the public and a discounted online pre-registration is available through August 23.


CREATIVE FORCE DRIVES NEW ARTIST LOFTS

JULY, 2012

The owners of Circa 1857 are looking to add 30 loft apartments, retail and community arts space to the existing arts and antiques market on Government Street across from Park Boulevard. Kathy Thorpe, of the Force Agency & co-Curator of the BR Walls mural project will help guide the arts component of an expanded Circa 1857, told the board that having artists living at Circa will help it hold classes for local schoolchildren, and even eventually provide facilities, a kiln or darkroom, for example, for public use. Circa’s effort got a lift when an RDA subcommittee officially recommended the agency allocate $8.1 million in new markets tax credits to the $11.1 million project. Read more about this exciting project as the BR Walls expands its reach in the BR community.


PAINT HITS THE HEARTS & WALLS OF DOWNTOWN

JUNE, 2012

Internationally renown French artist Saliha Staib showcases her abstract work for the first time on a big canvas – 2500 square feet to be precise. In the early stages of yet another heat-pounding southern summer, the winds of cultural change are sweeping through the streets of downtown. The piece entitled "Cinq Ombres" (translated 'Five Shadows') by Staib and Clark Derbes was completed at the end of June and is the first in a series of outdoor modern works of art funded by the citizens and business owners of Baton Rouge. Work on Wall #2 begins in early August, and as fall approaches several of the heavily anticipated artists will be creating the large-scale murals on 6-10 story buildings.


THE PROMISE OF EQUALITY & JUSTICE FOR ALL

MAY, 12

The Dialogue On Race is an award winning program that has been proven to be effective in helping people understand what needs to be done and what they can do. DOR is based on the fact that when we truly understand what racism is and how it operates through institutions in our system, we will work to have a more equitable society for all Americans. The Dialogue recognizes that racism is not an “us versus them” issue in America. Racism is an institutional construct that was built into our system and much of it exist today unintentionally an indirectly. However as long as racism exists, races of color will face limited access to the institutions that all Americans should be able to access equitably.


IMAGINATION + CROWDSOURCED FUNDRAISING = BR WALLS

APRIL, 2012

The BR Walls Project will enhance the artistic beauty of the large wall spaces throughout downtown & will continue to expand the visual arts scene of the city. This is a collaborative community project, between various art & progressive entities here in Baton Rouge area. Our board acts as a nucleus for a group of 50+ driven leaders, building owners, and artists to transform the urban landscape of the city. It is our mission to foster creativity that inspires community change, unity & growth. Check out the press & don't forget to DONATE today!

225 : Advocate : New Aperio : Reveille


LIVE REVIEW : DUMPSTAPHUNK (LOS ANGELES)

MARCH, 2012

"Over the years I’ve been to my share of Dumpsta shows, and often took them for granted as just another NOLA side project that dependably delivered. The Mint gig brought me back into the fold with deeper appreciation for the band. High energy and high impact, drawing funk influences from the best of the Meters, James Brown, Sly Stone, Prince and countless others to shape their sound with precision and soul. Meaty stuff. Don’t miss them at Jazzfest." - photo/blog credit © 2012 Jim Brock Photography


TIPITINA'S JAZZFEST GOLDEN TICKET - ANNOUNCEMENT

FEBRUARY, 2012

Tipitina's is proud to present THE GOLDEN TICKET-Fess Jazztival Package, ON SALE TODAY. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Tipitina's Foundation's "Instruments a Comin." Passes are sold per weekend (1st weekend and 2nd weekend passes available) for $500, or customer may purchase BOTH weekends for $800 (see www.Tipitinas.com for specifics). Golden Ticket includes: Laminate for 2, no lines, no stress / 10 drink tickets (for patrons 21+) / Tipitina's merch / Commemorative poster / Merch gift bag from participating artists


BTR ENTREPRENEUR & TECH SOCIAL

JANUARY, 2012

EARLY Drinks & Networking, LATE Dinner & Movie. Come join the capital region's top technology & entrepreneurial groups for an evening of cocktails, music, & networking. We will be presenting a HUGE project for the BR community at the start of the evening so arrive early. Sci-Fi Horror fans brace yourselves for a classic screening at 9pm, and enjoy catered cuisine compliments of Zōlía Bistro and Enotecca.


THE PEN IS HIS SWORD

DECEMBER, 2011

Internationally renowned Illustrator Vance Kelly, who is an integral piece of The Force Agency's branding services has recently designed a book cover for International Best Selling Author, Steven Savile's young adult series, Latchkeys. Vance Kelly has the unique ability of transforming the words of writers, musicians & businesses into visual expressions that capture their essence. He is an illustrator, printmaker, graphic designer, art director, graphic production artist, and swamp water soothsayer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Follow VK's creative endeavors here: http://vancekellyart.blogspot.com/


The Force hosts BTR Tech Social and Force of Creativity workshop during BREW

November, 2011
The next Silicone Valley of the south?

On 11.11.11 The Force hosted EHQ's Tech Social to kick off Baton Rouge Entrepreneur Week which culminated last night with EHQ's own College District winning unanimously at the SENSE/RIO pitch night to VC firms from around the country. Entrepreneurs, coders, concert promoters, and digital marketing wizards all got to see the creative workspace with vino in hand, and the sounds of djOrtte below the hum of networking opportunities. See pictures from the event here, and many thanks to our sponsors Pabst, DeAngelo's, and Cuban Liquor.

Branding 101 Workshop Success!

The Force's Casey Phillips and Vance Kelly delivered a six-hour intensive session for entrepreneurs to overhaul their visual marketing materials, and messaging. During the branding bootcamped Phillips & Kelly extracted the essence of participants' brands, refined it, and came up with creative campaigns to spark interest in their products. Bottomless Community Coffee was consumed, and Papa Dave's BBQ kept the creative flame going.


The Muppets Sweepstakes Presented By Yamaha Entertainment Group

October, 2011
ROWLF THE DOG ON THE KEYS TO SUCCESS

Yamaha Entertainment Group (YEG) recently paired up with Disney and Muppets Studios to give you the chance to win a Yamaha AvantGrand Piano, plus two tix to The Muppets premiere, including hotel and airfare!

YEG is artist branding, recorded music production, concert production, content development, film production, tour support, product placement, and artist relations, all rolled into one. Home to more than 3,600 talented artists, they are responsible for the development and advancement of the Yamaha brand name through numerous artist related activities worldwide. Backed by the power of the largest music manufacturer in the world, they bring you digital downloads, albums, videos, websites, experiences, and one-of-a-kind merchandise.

On the heels of producing Elton John's new "Million Dollar Piano," YEG is also running an Elton John Getaway sweepstakes. Other recent sweepstakes they have offered fans recently include Return To Forever IV (ft. Chick Corea) and Michael Bolton. Follow YEG on Twitter and Facebook to what's hot!


Featured Shows @TheForceAgency Venues

September, 2011

It has been one of the more memorable summers for The Force team to say the least, and moving into the fall we are celebrating with amazing shows at our venues. If you will be in LA, SF, or NOLA area, and would like to attend any of these shows email booking(at)theforceagency(dot)com.

The Warlocks (9.10), SD Music Thing (9.9/9.10), Sebastian (9.10), Junior Boys (9.23), Explosions In the Sky (9.28), Drop The Lime (9.29), Lanie Lane (10/4), Data Rock (10/6), Little Dragon (10.8/10.9), MyNameIsJohnMichael (10/12), Panic! At the Disco (10/20), Ott (10/22), St. Vincent (10/26), M83 (11/10), Dr. Dog (11/10), Yelle (11/12), Budos Band (11/19), Lykke Li (11/21).


Please support our partners promoting these shows: @thewintercircle, @wagatailpresents, @apeconcerts, @sunsetpromotion, @buddyhead, @blasthaus, @popsceneSF, @MezzanineSF, @Tipitinas, @MintLA, @thecentralsapc


Force Branding Partner : Yamaha Entertainment Group

July, 2011

Home to more than 3,600 talented artists, YAMAHA ENTERTAINMENT GROUP is responsible for the development and advancement of the Yamaha brand name through numerous artist related activities worldwide. Backed by the power of the largest music manufacturer in the world, YEG brings you digital downloads, albums, videos, websites, experiences, and one-of-a-kind merchandise. Their mission: Helping artists achieve long-term creative and financial success while providing consumers with the highest-quality music content and music related experiences available.

Yamaha Entertainment Group Presents: Return To Forever Tour IV featuring Chick Corea (keys), Stanley Clarke(bass), and Lenny White (drums), along with Mahavishnu Orchestra alum and violin virtuoso Jean-Luc Ponty as well as guitarist Frank Gambale.

Click here to win meet & greet with these legendary artists: http://on.fb.me/YamahaContest


Tipitina's & Red Stripe present THE GOLDEN TICKET

April, 2011

Tipitina's & Red Stripe present THE GOLDEN TICKET Fess Jazztival Package! Roll into Tip's with style… VIP access including line-cutting privileges, drink tickets, merch, and much more. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Tipitina's Foundation's INSTRUMENTS A COMIN, which has provided over $2 million in instruments to high school marching band programs in the New Orleans area. Click HERE for complete list of contest details and terms. Please join our commitment to preserve the rich musical culture of this city, and be a part of yet another epic Fess Jazztival at Tip's (Bruce Hornsby, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, the Funky Meters, and many more.)


Guitars for the Gulf - April 20th

March, 2011

On the one year memorial of the worst man made disaster in our nation's history a series of concerts will be held at Tipitina's and various Shed locations for fishermen, clean up workers, and all those who care about preserving our way of life. We will not only honor the 11 men that died April 20th, but those that fought to protect our coast. This is a follow-up to the nationwide Gulf Coast Benefit Concerts in 2010 where the Force helped organize independent music venues to help those directly affected by the Gulf Coast Oil Spill.


Join us at SXSW 2011!

February, 2011

Headed to SXSW this year? You won't want to miss The Force Agency's launch party in partnership with Sideways Media, Tijuana Gift Shop and .Music. We're bringing you the best that SXSW Music has to offer over two days in a little event we're calling Texas Tornado.

Don't get swept away in the storm; head on down to the Rusty Spur on Thursday, March 17th for a casual shindig before we melt your faces off on Friday, March 18th at The Red Eyed Fly. RSVP required, our list will close on March 11th: http://bit.ly/gOEbgu