LAEA Gatherings

Artists in the Capitol Day

Louisiana State Capitol

900 North Third Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

Join us in front of the podium at the front steps by 10:45.  

After the awards we can picnic on the arsenal grounds!

At 1:00 p.m. a tour of the Capitol has been set up. If you intend to take advantage of this opportunity, please be at the Tour Desk (just inside the Capitol’s front doors) 10 minutes before the tour. Following the tour, the LAEA YAM flag designers will be introduced as a group at the opening session of the Senate which is usually around 2:00 pm. 

This is also a wonderful day to meet with your legislator and express to them the importance of art education! To contact and make an appointment with your senator or representative, visit their website, Phone numbers and email addresses can be found at this site. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kaila Verret, our LAEA Artists in the Capitol Chair at

2023 Summer Retreat

This year's summer retreat will take place at The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) in Natchitoches, Louisiana. LSMSA is a public residential high school on the campus of Northwestern State University.

There are two ticket options:


"Wig Out" A Winter Gathering

The Winter Gathering was held in Alexandria, LA, on January 15, 2022Our day started with our board meeting and art-making at the Alexandria Museum of Art.  During happy hour, attendees participated in a mug swap and while showing off their fabulous wigs! Award recipients and regional and national nominees were honored at an awards ceremony followed by dinner at Embers downtown. So much dancing closed the night!! Thank you to everyone who was able to attend, and thank you to Bridget Gillane and Jennifer Keith for their hard work organizing the event!

The LAEA 2021 Summer Retreat was held in Lafayette, LA, on June 11th & 12th.  We kicked off the event Friday night at Hilliard Art Museum Summer Opening Reception followed by hor d'oeuvres and drinks at one of our member's homes.  On Saturday, members had the opportunity to attend the Just Breathe: Workshop with artist Linda Alterwitz at the Hilliard Art Museum before lunch and the board meeting.  The rest of the day was spent making art and checking out downtown Lafayette's ArtWalk event.  It was the perfect weekend! Thank you to everyone who was able to attend, and thank you to Claire Schultz and Olivia Morgan for their hard work organizing the retreat!

The Fall 2020 Conference was held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions.  The theme for the conference was, "The Magic of Art," and it was a magical weekend!  We began with a virtual board meeting on Thursday. On Friday evening, we held a virtual award ceremony hosted by our very own "Bendinni." Check out some behind the scenes magic tricks below!  Saturday we made lots of art and featured our keynote speaker, Melody Weintraub.  Thank you Margaret Holt & her team for their hard work organizing the virtual conference, and Ben Koch and his team for the magical award ceremony!