"I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over our cities, we, too will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in policies, but for our contribution to the human spirit."
-President John F. Kennedy
Mrs. Gloria Christopher Gipson had a vision that cultural arts would be a part of Shreveport. With much thought and consideration, she began working on the concept of a cultural arts organization. In 1975, the Theatre of the Performing Arts of Shreveport was formed. In 1977, it became incorporated and tax exempt under IRS 501 (c) 3. This organization is still strong and its founder is very much involved with black cultural arts today.