Meet & Greet for Randy Cohen, Americans for the Arts VP

Randy Cohen

Please join us for a Meet & Greet welcoming Americans for the Arts’ Vice President of Research & Policy Randy Cohen in celebration of our local Shop Local Artists Week initiative receiving national support via Americans for the Arts.

Enjoy light appetizers and a cash bar from 5 to 6 pm as we welcome Randy to the cultural scene of St. Tammany. Optional dinner following at 6 pm.

This is a great opportunity for those who didn’t have an opportunity to meet Randy at the State of the Arts luncheon and for those who wish to continue the conversation about the impact of arts and culture in communities.

RSVPs requested via Please indicate preference of happy hour, dinner or both.

Special thanks to Palmetto’s for their support of this event.

A Shop Local Artists Week event

State of the Arts Luncheon

Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition and St. Tammany Tourist and Convention Commission are honored to welcome Americans for the Arts’ Vice President of Research and Policy Randy Cohen and Louisiana Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser to a State of the Arts luncheon in honor of National Shop Local Artists Week.

The State of the Arts luncheon will feature delectable Louisiana fare, a showcase of arts organizations and festivals with significant contributions to the cultural economy and live entertainment by saxophonist Greg Worthington.

It’s a celebration of all genres of art and the many creatives who make up the rich cultural fabric of Louisiana.

Tickets are $35 or reserved tables for eight $300, available here.  Limited seating available, so early reservations are recommended. Reservation deadline: Wednesday, November 28.


Special thanks to Slidell Memorial Hospital/Ochsner Regional Medical Center. Edge of the Lake magazine and Slidell Magazine for sponsorship of this event.


In December of 2016, Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition launched the initiative in Slidell as Shop Local Artists Weekend, hosted in the Art Marketplace in the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce. In 2017, with the support of Louisiana Senator Sharon Hewitt and State Representative Greg Cromer, the program grew to a statewide, weeklong event with the adoption of Senate Concurrent Resolution 20.  In 2018, Americans for the Arts embraced Shop Local Artists Week as a nationwide celebration of the arts and artists.


State of the Arts Reception – Covington

Join us for the State of the Art Reception, a pre-concert meet and greet and celebration of the arts. Tuesday, December 5, 6:30 to 7:30 pm at Meribo in Covington. Meet the “St. Tammany Greats” concert artists and enjoy Louisiana Seafood creations via Chef Gavin Jobe, recent finalist in The Food Network’s “Chopped” chef’s competition.


  • From the Louisiana Office of the Lt. Governor, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Kristin Sanders, Interim Asst. Secretary/Attorney, and Danny Belanger, Director of Arts Education & Accessibility, Louisiana Division of the Arts, recognition of SCR-20 the Senate Concurrent Resolution in support of the Shop Local Artists Week initiative;
  • Louisiana Senator Sharon Hewitt, who authored the Shop Local Artists Week Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR20);
  • Parish President Pat Brister’s presentation of the Joint Proclamation in support of Shop Local Artists Week with the support of Covington Mayor Michael ‘Mike’ Cooper, Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere, Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan, Madisonville Mayor Jean Pelloat and Abita Springs Mayor Greg Lemons;
  • Meet-and-greet with Ronnie Kole, John Perkins and Bobby Ohler prior to their 8 pm concert at the Fuhrmann Auditorium;
  • Chef Gavin’s delectable Louisiana Seafood menu of passed hors d’oeuvres, including Ham Hock, Black Eyed Pea, and Collard Green Gumbo with Fried Catfish and House Made Alligator Sausage; New Orleans Style Barbecued Shrimp Linguini with Hot Sausage and Herbs; Crab Rolls with Crab Fat Mayo and Cajun Caviar; Crudo of Cold Smoked Gulf Fish, Country Ham Fat Aioli and Winter Melon Slaw; and Oyster Rockefeller Pizza, plus iced tea, soft drinks and water. Cash bar available.
  • Tickets – $25; limited seating available. 
VIP Reception and Concert ticket packages – $40, includes the reception and one ticket to the “Evening with St. Tammany Greats: Kole, Perkins and Ohler” concert. 
To order tickets, click hereState of the Arts Reception


For concert tickets only, click hereAn Evening with St. Tammany Greats 
This reception is sponsored in part by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board, Northshore Cultural Economy Coalition, the City of Covington – Office of Cultural Arts & Events, St. Tammany Art Association and Meribo.