Ascension Parish locals are as talented as they are friendly, and the parish offers several venues for showcasing that talent. The River Region Community Art Center in Gonzales features the beautiful work of local artists, including scenic paintings, sculptures and Louisiana-inspired décor. Ascension is also proud to have a local arts theatre. The Ascension Community Theater offers outstanding performing arts entertainment, as well as training to nurture individual talents.
Furthermore, with just a 25-minute drive to downtown Baton Rouge, one can enjoy even more entertainment opportunities. The Shaw Center for the Arts houses the LSU Art Museum and the Manship Theater, featuring acts ranging from comedians to multi-talented musicians from around the country. In addition, the Baton Rouge Symphony is Louisiana’s oldest, continuously performing orchestra, presenting world-renowned concert artists, a “kindermusic” series for children and a family concert series.
From museums and art exhibitions to workshops and local treasures, Ascension Parish truly has something for everyone.
Ascension Community Theatre
823 North Felicity Avenue, Gonzales
Ascension Community Theatre, located in Gonzales, is a volunteer organization that produces three main-stage plays per year at the historic Pasqua Theatre. ACT’s mission is to “foster an appreciation of drama, teach the crafts associated with it and promote culture within the community.” Visit the ACT’s website for upcoming shows.
Center Stage Performing Arts Academy
39318 Louisian 74, Gonzales
Since 2000, Center Stage Performing Arts Academy has been the premiere school for the performing arts in the Ascension and Greater Baton Rouge Areas. The academy is the only comprehensive studio in the area where a student can train in various types of dance, acting, voice musical theatre and instrumentation. Many of their former students go on to major universities and have performed on Broadway, world and national tours, professional theatres and beyond.
River Region Community Art Center
1835 North Magnolia Avenue, Gonzales
Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm
The River Region Community Art Center features a gumbo of original artworks by several Louisiana artists. The center displays fine art, folk art, jewelry, photography and unique gifts. In addition, the River Region Artists’ Association presents an “Awesome Art Extravaganza” featuring more than 140 artisans. This event is held annually in the Autumn Gardens of Houmas House Plantation in Darrow every second weekend of October.