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Artbreak festival wraps up week-long celebration in Shreveport

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Landen Foust poses for a photo in front of his award-winning essay. (Photo source: Erin Buchanan/KTBS 3 News) Landen Foust poses for a photo in front of his award-winning essay. (Photo source: Erin Buchanan/KTBS 3 News)
SHREVEPORT, La. (KTBS) -

The KTBS 3 Summer Reading Festival and Artbreak celebrated 30 years, with events wrapping up at the downtown Shreveport Convention Center Sunday afternoon.

The threat of stormy weather didn't keep hundreds away from the events, including the awards ceremony for the more than 5,000 works of art exhibited all week long.

"Once a year, we take a week out to celebrate learning through reading and through the arts together," says Pam Atchison, Executive Director for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC).

"What we do with the arts is bring in Common Core, as well, and that is bringing in literary strategies and things like that," explains Henry Price, Supervisor of Art for Caddo Parish Public Schools.

A constant stream of music can be heard playing in the background from live bands at the Convention Center, as families browse the exhibits and children excitedly point out their works on display.

"Artbreak is the way to applaud artistic achievment," Atchison says. "[We have some great] music teachers, visual art teachers, creative writing and some schools even have theater and dance programs."

Though arts and music are often the first programs on the educational chopping block when budgets are tightened, "we have very strong support for the arts in Caddo and Bossier Parishes," Price says.

"What we know about history, we know through the arts. When we start early, we're able to show them not only what we can currently do but how we got to where we are artistically."

According to SRAC's website, more than 50,000 students, parents and festival-goers from Northwest Louisiana participate in the week-long festival every year.

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