The heART trails project through the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
and Front Yard Bikes are the 2019 recipients of BRG’s Community
Enhancement Award. BRG will invest $75,000 into each organization over
a three-year period.
Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge was selected for its heART trails project, which will use existing infrastructure
to develop heart-shaped walking trails throughout Baton Rouge. The trails
use temporary art installations for way-finding and to celebrate local
“Trailblazers.” BRG’s investment will allow for the
design and installation of three heART trails at targeted locations around
Baton Rouge. The Arts Council piloted the heART trail concept at the Ebb
& Flow Festival in April. The trails will be created and designed
by Taylor Jacobsen, who is currently working on his master’s degree
in LSU’s Landscape Architecture program and is the co-founder of
United Aerial, a Dallas-based company, and the owner of New Land Development.
Front Yard Bikes was selected for its youth development program in partnership with Cristo
Rey Baton Rouge. “With workforce training, we can combat unemployment
and incarceration rates, especially in a community with limited resources,”
said Dustin LaFont, founder of Front Yard Bikes. BRG’s investment
will support high school equivalency testing and job training for hundreds
of young people between 14 and 22. The grant will fund apprentice training
for four Cristo Rey students who will then assist instructors in certifying
other young people in mechanics or welding. Both fields are in high demand
in the Baton Rouge region.
BRG developed the CEA program to consolidate its resources and make a larger
impact on fewer organizations in order to create lasting change in Baton Rouge.
BRG plans to award a new three-year grant each year. Applications will
be accepted for the
2020 CEA beginning next Spring.