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 Vice-President of the Shreveport Bossier Attractions Association. She is also a member of the Louisiana Citizens for the Arts and volunteers at several organizations throughout Bossier and Caddo Parishes. Robin was recently named as one of YPI’s 40 under 40 honorees for 2016.
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 150 High School students. In addition, three years ago she launched Project Art Supplies which collects funds and art supplies to distribute to Bossier Parish Schools.
Alex Stinchcomb, Community Development Coordinator
Alex Stinchcomb joined the Bossier Arts Council in February of 2016. Originally from North Dakota, she moved with her family to Shreveport, Louisiana when she was a child. She attended C.E. Byrd High School and then graduated from Louisiana State University of Shreveport with a BFA in Digital Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design.
Alex has been influenced by art and has taken art classes her entire life. Being able to work in an environment where the main goal is to further educate the community in art and help people and artists grow is a great experience for her. She also has a sweet little long- haired rat terrier named Luka.
Brandon Crist, Marketing Coordinator
It started with pencils and evolved to pixels. It seems like art has always been a hobby and a habit for Brandon. Coloring books and children’s books captivated his attention and imagination. During school and personal time, he cultivated that passion for visual arts and writing. When his creativity crossed into the digital realm, it felt like a new dimension. His enthusiasm for the possibilities of digital art has continued to expand as technology develops.
A native of SE Louisiana, Brandon studied Mass Communication at LSU in Baton Rouge. He minored in Graphic Design and French to round out his practical cultural knowledge. He moved to the Shreveport-Bossier area several years ago to pursue new opportunities.
The move to NW Louisiana led Brandon to the BAC where he began as an intern. Each week at 630 Barksdale Blvd brought forth new artists, artworks, and inspiration. Brandon joined the BAC staff in August of 2015. From that point on, he has enjoyed the challenges and opportunities presented by each day. He values his role in the BAC’s efforts to appreciate and develop local artists and culture.
Fun Fact: Brandon’s initials are “BAC”
Emerie Eck Gentry, Donor Relations Manager
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.