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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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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It 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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