New Arts Cultural Society, Inc. ( f) and its adult choir, the New Dimensions Choral Society ( f), grew out of the passion of a small group of inspired and dedicated individuals in 1970 to enhance the delivery of Fine and Performing Arts to the Shreveport-Bossier City Communities and beyond. The Steering Committee (The Guild) decided that the additional focus of the organization would be to educate the citizenry of the need for cultural and artistic expression within our community. The specific avenues to accomplish this were determined to be music, dance, the spoken word, and hands-on instruction.
The founding members were all professionals and served as role models and mentors for the youth and young people of the area. The musicians were those with the highest caliber of training in Performance and Music Education (vocal and instrumental). To include the entire community, other members were added who simply had a deep passion for music and excellence. Today, these members comprise most of the membership.
The Choral Society is the only full-scaled professional choir of its kind in the area that offers a vast repertoire of performance opportunities in Classical, Opera, Broadway, Popular, Blues, Jazz, Gospel, and Spirituals. Excellence has been the benchmark of the organization since its inception in terms of preparation and performance. New Arts originally set its focus on serving the local and surrounding areas. However, as word spread of the depth and quality of work being performed, the organization was invited to share its programs with like-minded groups in Bastrop, Baton Rouge, and Dallas, Texas.
Other memorable and historic events have marked the history of the New Arts Choral Society with a performance at the Grand Re-opening of The Strand Theatre on December 23, 1984, and the very first City-Wide Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Event celebration. Most recently, The New Dimensions Choral Society performed with the Shreveport Symphony and the Grambling State University Concert Choir in the production of George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" on October 26, 2019 at First Baptist Church — Shreveport.
Survey evaluations at each of the New Arts Cultural Society's performances — Christmas Program, Martin Luther...