Take a Look at the Culture of the Black Cowboy

The Shreveport Regional Arts Council (SRAC) continues to bring new, exciting and thought provoking expositions to our area. This summer, take a look at two photographic exhibitions featuring the culture of the black cowboy at artspace.

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LOUISIANA TRAIL RIDERS – An exhibition of powerful black and white photographic images by Louisiana State University Art professor Jeremiah Ariaz, documents the little-known, deep-rooted Africa-American trail riding tradition born of generations of working farms and raising cattle in Creole Louisiana.

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SADDLES AND SPURS “Out of the Shadows” – Features the story of the trail riding culture of Northwest Louisiana.  Starched shirts, saddles, belt buckles, boots, and memorabilia of the almost 75 Black trail riding clubs that make up the Bayou State and Northwest Louisiana Trail Riders Association are on display upstairs in CoolSpace.

Both exhibitions open to the public on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Attend the opening from Noon to 6:00pm for free at artspace (708 Texas St.) in downtown Shreveport. But the opening is only the beginning of some incredible events centered around the exhibitions.

Boot Scootin’ Social

Thursday, July 15 – 6:00pm-9:00pm

Mosey on down to artspace for an evening of dancing, games, food and friends. The SB Steppers and DJ ThiLand provide the music. A $10 admission includes a drink and appetizers.

Parade of Trail Riders & Block Party

Saturday, July 24 – 4:00pm-10:00pm

150 trail riders parade through downtown Shreveport with their horses and wagons. A block party featuring Zydeco music and food follows. It is free to attend.

Trail Riders Share the Legends & Reality of the Black Cowboy

Saturday, August 7 – Noon-6:00pm

The exhibitions featuring the black cowboy culture closes with a chat by the trail riders sharing some of their most poignant stories. It is free to attend.

Related Topic: SRAC also hosts Artbreak summer camps for the kids. Check out a list of area camps here.

African art treasures at the Southern University Museum of Art Shreveport