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The Business of Culture: Louisiana's Cultural Economy (2006)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2006-02-15

Duration: 00:57:48

Subjects: Louisiana. Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | Filmed panel discussions | Culture and tourism


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Freeman, Craig Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Codresen, Andrei Interviewee
  • Mouton, Todd Interviewee
  • Schott, Alex Interviewee
  • O'Conner, Brendan Interviewee
  • Brasseaux, Carl Interviewee
  • Simon, Keisha Speaker
  • Johnson, Lena Speaker
  • McGehee, Charlotte McDaniel Speaker
  • Ausberry, Cheri Speaker
  • Moise, Jean-Michel Speaker
  • Whyde, Janet Speaker
  • Birkett, Patricia Speaker
  • Alberstadt, Caroline Speaker
  • Donley, Ann Speaker
  • Macha, Jennifer Speaker
  • Simmons, Patricia Speaker
  • Hart, Holly Speaker
  • Ancelet, Barry Jean Panelist
  • Atchinson, Pam Panelist
  • Smith, Mark Panelist
  • Breaux, Pam Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from February 15, 2006, features Kirby Goidel leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the promotion of Louisiana’s culture and heritage as an asset for economic development. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: author Andrei Codresen; Todd Mouton, a local musician and music producer; Chef John Folse; Alex Schoot, head of the State Film Commission; Brenden O’Connor, Chairman of Celtic Media; and Carl Brasseaux, a Professor of culture and tourism of University of Louisiana Lafayette. The audience members then discuss their views on developing a thriving economy based on Louisiana’s heritage and culture and how to promote culture and heritage as not only a tourist attraction, but also an educational tool for Louisiana’s citizens. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Professor Barry Jean Ancelet of the University of Louisiana Lafayette; Pam Atchinson, director of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council; Mark Smith, of the Entertainment Section of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development; and Pam Breaux, head of the Office of Cultural Development (CRT). They discuss: tax incentives to bring film production to Louisiana and how to utilize Louisiana’s cultural economy without exploiting or “Disney-fying” people’s culture. This program was preserved through a 2022-2023 Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship.