The Bossier Arts Council is a community organization that is focused on teamwork. We are made up of a small but dedicated staff, a diverse Board of Directors and a revolving group of interns!
Robin Jones, Executive Director
Robin Jones moved to the Shreveport/Bossier area in 2004 with her husband & two children. She currently serves as a Board Member for the Louisiana Partnership for the Arts, NWLA Makerspace, and serves as Vice-President of the Shreveport Bossier Attractions Association.
In her time at BAC, Robin has more than doubled funding and programming for our youth. With over ten years of experience in both education and the arts and armed with a passion for her community, she has helped cultivate worthwhile activities for students of all ages.
Through the Budding Artist Association (BAC’s Jr. Arts Council) she has provided leadership training to over 250 High School students. In addition, four years ago she launched Project Art Supplies which collects funds and art supplies to distribute to Bossier/Caddo Parish Schools.
Community Development Coordinator-
We are currently accepting applications for the CDC position.
Emerie Eck Gentry, Donor Relations
Emerie Eck Gentry started volunteering with the Bossier Arts Council in January of 2016, which led to her position in Donor Relations. With her experience working in the community with various organizations, she brings new and creative ideas to life in her role.
Emerie is very community driven. She is proudly serving her third term as President of the Young Professional Initiative of Northwest Louisiana and sixth year on the Executive Committee.
Other positions and organizations with which Emerie has served include the 2016 ARTini Planning Committee, 2014 Souvenir Committee Chair for the James Burton International Guitar Festival, the Veterans for Veterans Silent Auction Committee in 2012 and 2013, Emerie has been honored with several awards in the community, including being named as one of Southern Hospitality Magazine’s Most Fascinating People of Shreveport / Bossier City for 2015, the Very Important Volunteer Award (VIVA) from the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce in 2015, and most recently was named a top six finalist for the Inaugural Virginia K. Shehee Most Influential Woman Award in 2015. Emerie is also a graduate of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations’ 2012 Community Leadership Program.
Emerie Eck Gentry is a Shreveport native, where she currently resides with her two sons, Ethan and Trevor. She obtained her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Administration from BPCC and continues to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree from Louisiana Tech University.
Kimberly McKinney, Admin Assistant
Kimberly got her start at the BAC as a volunteer. When the position of Administrative Assistant became available, she jumped at the chance to be a full time BAC employee.
Kimberly has a great passion for community and loves showcasing that our area is vibrant and active through her mad social media skills.
When she isn’t at work, volunteering, or helping raise awareness to the multitude of opportunities in the area, Kimberly is usually at home with her daughter and cats. In her spare time, she likes to craft things and add to her collection of random knowledge. She also likes dinosaurs and robots…a lot.