Welcome to the Arts and Humanities Council of SWLA. The council was founded in 1979 by the Junior League of Lake Charles. Our organization has transformed and grown into a state recognized non-profit that serves a 5 parish area.

We are proud to be located in Historic Central School, a designated arts and humanities building, and are honored to be stewards for its preservation.

With our partners, the City of Lake Charles, the Calcasieu Police Jury, the Convention and Visitors Bureau of SWLA and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, we distribute 4 grants a year. Throughout the year we host 8 events including the popular Live @ the Lakefront and the annual Arts and Crabs Festival.

Please consider supporting the Arts Council by becoming a member or making a donation, your donation is tax deductible.

Take some time to browse our website and I hope you find what you need. Please feel free to call us with any questions, we’ll be happy to assist.


Ashli Waldrep
Executive Director