Downtown’s newest oldest “uncommon” place designed as Shreveport's first Cultural Community, an intimate 9-block urban Arts Community built, and rebuilt, on Authenticity, Community, Creativity and Sustainability.
Shreveport Common was conceived after a devastating fire engulfed the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s (SRAC) headquarters on August 25, 2009. Few would have thought that this senseless act would have spurred the rebuilding of a once-great inner-city neighborhood. Mayor Cedric B. Glover, City Council members and department leaders pledged a “new day” in the glow of the still-raging fire. This was followed closely by parish and state leaders who independently affirmed the importance of the Arts to the region and committed to their future. Within days, the historic Central Fire Station was identified as the new headquarters for the Arts, to house SRAC’s administrative offices and functions, while serving the individual artists and arts organizations in a dramatic new way. This decision, in Mayor Glover’s words, has the potential to “change the landscape of downtown Shreveport.”