President & CEO, Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
Renee Chatelain began her career as a dancer, then served as a guest teacher for Iceland Dance Theater, Cornell University, Ballet Festival of India – Mumbai, among others. She is an Advisory Board member of the American Mural Project in Winstead, CT, Women in Dance Conference, and serves on numerous local boards. She holds a B.A. Degree and Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University and is an active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and Baton Rouge Bar Association. Renee has been recognized by the Louisiana State Senate for her contribution to African Americans in Louisiana through the Arts. She received the Milestone Award from the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the John W. Barton, Sr. Award for Excellence in Non-Profit Management, and most recently, was named a Louisiana Role Model by the Links, Inc. She is a recipient of the Blue Cros Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation’s Angels Award for her work with Mid City Dance Project, Inc., a company she co-founded, providing dance performance and opportunities to underserved and special needs children. Renee’s passion project is The Fading Line: A Commemoration of the 1953 Baton Rouge Bus Boycott, a multi-media dance interpretation of this historic event in her hometown. Renee loves the color orange, olives, and collaboration. She is awed by Sylvie Gilliam, and her most cherished activity is being witness to great art happenings and creations.