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Pam Breaux
Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development

A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Pam Breaux graduated from McNeese State University with a bachelor of arts degree in English. Later she graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a master of arts degree in English and folklore.

Pam managed Southwest Louisiana's Decentralized Arts Funding Program for Region Five of the state from its inception through its seventh year. Further, she spent six years as executive director of the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana. During her tenure there, she worked to create and develop the Central School Arts & Humanities Center (adaptive reuse project) as well as the Southwest Louisiana Cultural Tourism Coalition. She also led the Louisiana Division of the Arts as its executive director.

Pam is active with the Louisiana Partnership for the Arts and was chairman of the group from 1997-1999. She currently serves on the board of directors and is vice president for NOCCA--the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts/Riverfront--as well as the advisory board for the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center. Other professional activities include:

Pam now serves as assistant secretary of the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development.

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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m.

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Patricia Smith, with the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University, moderate the discussion.

“Election 2016” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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