Harold Ellis Clark
was named a finalist for the 2013 Stanley Drama Award for his play Tour Detour. Clark, a Gretna playwright, will be honored next month at a ceremony in New York City and will receive a $2,000 prize for his play, which is set in a central Louisiana prison. Previous winners of the Stanley Drama Award have included playwrights Terrence McNally and Jonathan Larson.
was honored with the National World War II Museum's Silver Service Medallion at the annual Krewe of Orpheus news conference on Lundi Gras. The museum's president and CEO Nick Mueller presented the actor with the award for his work with Building for America's Bravest, which helps build homes for severely wounded veterans.
Louisiana Children's Museum and Imagination Playground
donated an Imagination Playground set to the city of New Orleans during the Super Bowl's "Super Saturday of Service" event. The playground, a set of waterproof foam blocks configurable by children to create their own play spaces, will be used at Lyons Center Park in the Irish Channel. A second playground will be installed inside the Children's Museum.
Batiste Cultural Arts Academy students
were invited to the White House Feb. 13 to meet first lady Michelle Obama and the cast and crew of the movie Beasts of the Southern Wild for a Black History Month lesson. The academy, located in the Garden District, is a charter school serving kindergartners through eighth graders. Nearly two dozen students made the trip to Washington, D.C.