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Derek Gordon
President & CEO, The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge

Derek Gordon has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge (ACGBR) since 2006. ACGBR is a multi-million dollar non-profit cultural organization that manages cultural programs and initiatives for the Greater Baton Rouge Community including: The Community Fund For The Arts, a united fundraising campaign for area arts and cultural organizations and the administration and management of state and local awards through the LA Decentralized State Arts Grant Fund and the East Baton Rouge Parish Municipal Arts Grants Fund.

Prior to his position at ACGBR, Mr. Gordon was employed for three years with Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City as Senior Vice President, President and Chief Executive Officer. Before his appointment to Jazz at Lincoln Center, Mr. Gordon held the position of Senior Vice President with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. for twelve years.

Gordon is a current and former member of numerous commissions including, The Southern Arts Federation; The Louisiana State Arts Council; the Louisiana Folk Life Commission and the Louisiana Film and Video Commission.

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06/15 - Louisiana After Ferguson (Encore Presentation)

Who polices the police in Louisiana?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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07/15 - Symbol or Statement? History in Public Spaces

Is the display of Civil War statues in public justified or do they belong only in museums?

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What effect does diminishing Higher Ed funding have on Louisiana research programs?


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What help is available for Louisiana students who have dropped out of school?


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