A Firehouse Crawl will take place Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm. at three former firehouse locations in Baton Rouge, LA. The Firehouse Project, a creative placemaking plan among partners Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, and Scotlandville Hornets Alumni Association, are opening their respective firehouse locations to the public at this date to showcase their plans for turning these former crisis response locations to arts, cultural, and community centers. The partnership also includes long-term plans for cross-programming to incentivize connections among North, Mid-City, and Downtown Baton Rouge.
The evening is free and open to the public. Beginning at 4:00 p.m at the Scotlandville location, visitors can enjoy entertainment, voluntarily participate in creative conversation, and enjoy food and drinks. Mid City Redevelopment Alliance will continue the entertainment, with tours of their firehouse and warehouses which are included in the project plans at 5:30 p.m. Finally, the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge location will hold its open house from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with access to ongoing activities including, Forward Arts Poetry Slam, open rehearsals with New Venture Theatre, and visual arts exhibitions, and a tour of the location.
Attendees in need of transportation may register for shuttle service by calling the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance at (225) 346-1000.
Event Detailed Schedule:
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Scotlandville Hornets Alumni Association Firehouse Project location 1200 Rosenwald Road, Baton Rouge, LA
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Mid City Redevelopment Alliance Project location 1801 North Laurel Street, Baton Rouge, LA
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge 427 Laurel Street, Baton Rouge, LA
The three organizations came together in early 2016 to create he Firehouse Project, creative placemaking project focused on repurposing firehouses for which they have been granted long-term use through the East Baton Rouge City-Parish into creative community spaces. A planning grant, provided by J.P. Morgan Chase, obtained in 2016, allowed the groups opportunities to participate in site visits to Houston, Texas and Chicago, Illinois for study of similar revitalization and creative placemaking, with the guidance of a facilitator. MJR Partners - Arts Management Services of Dallas, Texas, was hired as a consultant on the project.