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The Talented Program

The Bossier Parish Talented Program seeks to screen, identify, and provide services for children who possess unique talent in the visual or performing arts. The focus of the program is to provide accelerated curriculum based on the National Standards for Arts Education and the Louisiana Arts Content Standards to students identified as talented in each of the following areas: Visual Arts, Music (Vocal and/or Instrumental), and Theater. IEP goals are developed for the individual student’s needs in his/her area of talent. Course content is designed to meet the individual needs of the students. Students are pulled from non-academic classes to address IEP goals and talented curriculum content. 

Talented Arts Facebook Page
Click on the link above for the Talented Facebook page

Who Makes A Referral?
  • Parents may call and request their child be tested.
  • Teachers may refer students for testing.
  • Community members may recommend a child for testing. 
  • Students may request that they be tested! 

To refer a child for screening for gifted and/or talented education, contact the School Building Level Committee (SBLC) chairperson for your child’s school. 

Talented Arts


Talented Art Instructor Spotlight - Mark Burt and Mark Charleville

You are invited to view their work at the Collectors' Eye Exhibit at Artspace in Shreveport.
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Talented theater Instructor - spotlight

Aiden Poling is one our Talented Theater instructors, but ART is one of his passions as well!  He collaborated with four other artists to bring an exhibit to our area.

"Transformation: Rcnstctn" just opened up at SRAC's Central ArtSTATION. The exhibit is free to the public, and is being displayed in the lobby until November 7th, with a closing reception that evening.  Until then, visitors are welcome to stop in during SRAC's business hours and check out the artwork at their leisure



Five young artists from Shreveport, LA have used photography, oil, acrylic, SFX makeup, and watercolor to transform and capture themselves and others in order to RECONSTRUCT society’s views of sexuality, privilege, and individuality. Each of their works is a collection of personal transformations. This body of work explores the relationship between our perceptions of one another and the invisible stories that may underpin who we are. They have aimed to RECONSTRUCT common depictions of regular folk in order to remind us that, underneath our facades, we carry stories of all sorts.

September 10 – November 7

Wednesday, November 7 5:00-7:30 PM
(During the November Artwalk)
Drinks and light refreshments will be served!



Aiden Poling

Aiden Poling is a native of Shreveport and an active member of the SBC theatre scene, both onstage and off. Although much of his life is dedicated to the stage, he is an avid visual artist as well, and earned his BA in both Theatre and Studio Art after graduating from Centenary College in 2017. Having always been drawn to the human form, his artwork has a tendency to lean towards portraiture and figure studies as subject matter. Aiden hopes to expose snippets of the unseen aspects of the human experience through his artwork–the raw parts of ourselves that we often leave guarded and hidden, the facets of our personalities that sometimes don’t make sense– and make them visible for all to see.

Stephanie Fernandez is a psychedelic/surrealist/horror/drag SFX makeup artist, canvas artist, and photographer located in Shreveport, LA. Her art is born from an untraditional beauty that lives in her dreams that can only be represented through explosions of color and the macabre. A concoction of horror motifs, drag makeup influences, psychology, and feminism come to inform Stephanie’s psychedelic transformations. For her, her work is the physical manifestations of the fears and inequalities that plague our lives. They are creepy, anxious feelings framed in color that fall snugly into the niche between special effects cosmetics and fine art.

Kei Thomas is a photographer inspired by contrast, drama, femininity, and exploration. He has always enjoyed capturing and collecting things that have felt special to him. As a portrait photographer, he says that he feels most like a collector. He is of the belief that unique interpersonal moments are every bit as collectible as items more tangible. Whether these moments are forged by chance or crafted from scratch, they must be preserved.

Johnathan Courter, AKA Joco, is a multidisciplinary artist from Shreveport, Louisiana. He attended 4 years of the BFA program at Louisiana Tech University with a focus on photography; there he discovered his interest in oil painting. Since school, Joco has been exploring oil paint and experimenting with the abstraction of colors and textures; drawing inspiration from music, movies, fellow online artists & his own emotion filled subconscious.

Karmen Reed is a young Shreveport artist who primarily works with watercolors. She likes to feature family, friends, and empowering painting of men and women like herself.