UNSCENE! events debut the possibilities of Shreveport Common, leaving indelible marks that permanently advance the Vision for a creative community.
National artists-in-residence with regional and local artists, create innovative art and programming that attracts new and diverse audiences to experience the look, feel, tastes, smells, sounds of the “new” UNcommon cultural district.
Shreveport Common is a nine-block area that encompasses western downtown Shreveport and east Ledbetter Heights that was once the region’s most significant hot-bed for culture. This is where Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter wrote “Goodnight Irene,” where Architect Edward Neild (Harry S. Truman’s architect) designed the Scottish Rite Cathedral, B’Nai Zion Temple and the Calanthean Temple (developed by a group of African American women for their professional husbands’ business offices). It’s where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Hank Williams got their start with the KWKH Louisiana Hayride at the Municipal Auditorium. Shreveport Common has a deep cultural history.