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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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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Monday, February 20)

Invitation, details and directions (pdf format)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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