The ArtsOf all the art forms, music rules in Louisiana and especially in New Orleans. Music is built into the foundations of the city and there is no city quite like it.
Not only the birthplace of jazz, swing and Dixie, but the incubator of funk, blues and zydeco.
Such diverse musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jr, Lead Belly, Buddy Guy and Jared Leto were born there, while others such as Dr John and Professor Longhair moved in and called it home.
Movies now play a big part in Louisiana as Louisiana plays an even bigger part in the movie industry. You are now more likely to see a film crew working in New Orleans than New York or Los Angeles.
You cannot beat live entertainment, whether it be opera, drama, rock music or a stand up comedian. Whatever format, there are many beautiful old theaters, along with their more contemporary counterparts to stage these event. Places, such as The Orpheum, The Saenger, The Mahalia Jackson Theatre of Performing Arts. The Municipal Auditaurium, The Strand Theatre, Shreveport, The Delta Grand Theatre, Opelousas are just a few.
There are over one hundred private art galleries in the state along with a selection of beautiful art museums including the Alexandria Museum of Art, New Orleans Museum of Art, LSU Museum of Art, Masur Museum of Art, Meadows Museum of Art and Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
However, you will not find the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Louisiana.
The French artist Edgar Degas stayed in New Orleans through much of 1872 and painted 'A Cotton Office in New Orleans' which now hangs in a French Museum.
Being raised in the mixed race culture and hot brooding atmosphere of Louisiana is enough to stir the imagination in any aspiring writer. Those who have taken up the challenge include Anne Rice, Truman Capote, Elmore Leonard, James Le Burke, William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Ernest J Gaines and James W Cable.
Outsiders such as John Grisham, Tami Hoag, Charlaine Harris and Ian Fleming are just a few of the thousands of writers to use the same colorful backdrop for some of their own novels.
You only need to walk around New Orleans to realize that you are looking at some of the oldest and most varied architecture in the nation. From shotgun shacks to palatial plantation homes, the beauty of Louisiana's architectural heritage is there for the world to enjoy.