Turning Lessons Learned into Action Steps for Disaster Preparedness

Sunday, June 16, 9:00 am - 10:30 am

No community’s recovery from disaster is complete without the full recovery of its arts and culture sector.  Artists and arts organizations affected are usually the last to receive financial assistance, yet the first to be called upon to initiate the community’s healing process. In this session, hear about how you can get ahead of disasters, with hands-on case studies, action steps, and resource guides so that your LAA is ready at a moment’s notice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Hear about how one LAA reacted after a natural disaster to support artists in need.
  2. Learn more about how to get prepared before disaster strikes.
  3. Explore the Creative Placekeeping Guide and discuss how agencies can lead their communities back to health after disaster.


Renee Chatelain
President & CEO
Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Renee Chatelain is a graduate of Louisiana State University, holding both a B.A. Degree in History and a Juris Doctor. She is President/CEO of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.  Renee began her career as a professional dancer and has been a guest teacher for Iceland Dance Theater, Cornell University, among others.  She has been a speaker at the Women in Dance Conference and at the Ballet Festival of India in Mumbai. She serves on the Advisory Board of the American Mural Project, supporting visual artist Ellen Griesedieck.  She has served as Executive Director of Manship Theatre and founded dance programs for two independent schools in Baton Rouge.   Renee is a recipient of the John W. Barton, Sr. Award for Excellence in Non-profit Management, and has been recognized by the Louisiana State Senate for her contribution to African Americans in Louisiana through the Arts.  Most recently, Renee received the Milestone Award from the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

Renee considers her passion project the creation and staging of The Fading Line: A Commemoration of the 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott and is grateful to all of those who know the importance of supporting and advocating for the art.