The Capital Region lets nothing stop it from having a good time! Even though we are used to big gatherings around the dinner table, at the park, at a festival, or literally anywhere else, we are quickly transitioning to this new stay-at-home order by moving all the fun online. Check out a few of the ways our community is innovating to provide virtual entertainment options. 

  • The Baton Rouge Gallery started the virtual Flat Curve Gallery. BRG is asking people to send in their artwork to be featured in an online art gallery created during the COVID-19 quarantine. There is no age, skill, or theme requirement, just whatever sparks your creativity! 
  • Rep Cap is hosting a virtual concert series every Friday afternoon hoping to support local musicians. Tune in this Friday, March 27 at 2 p.m. 
  • Childrens book authors are reading their stories on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook as a part of #operationstorytime, which gives young readers an opportunity to hear from their favorite authors and maybe even discover a new favorite. If you are looking for more book options, we encourage you check out the East Baton Rouge Parish Library’s digital library, Libby. 

Flavor of the Week: Takeout has Never Tasted So Good 

Restaurants are adapting to the Governor’s order to suspend all dine-in operations by converting to takeout and drive-through operations only. To support these local restaurants, it’s our job to help them out by dining on their delicious food (now that’s an effort we can easily partake in) 

Check out 225 Magazine’s comprehensive list of restaurants offering takeout meals. The list contains new restaurants, old family favorites, quick and casual dining, upscale dining, and anything else you can think of. Consider picking up a few gift cards as well – our local restaurants need our support! 

Workin’ It: BR Companies Hiring Now 

The shifting jobs landscape caused by COVID-19 has resulted in quick workforce changes. Some companies are forced to turn to layoffs and furloughs, while other industry sectors are increasing hiring to meet growing demand. Because of this, BRAC established BR Works to help laid off community members find new opportunities. If you have recently become unemployed, we encourage you to check out this resource frequently. BRAC plans to update it daily with new job listings.

If your company has positions to list, please complete BRAC’s Workforce Impact Form to have them added to the BR Works page.

In the “Workin’ It” section of the newsletter we feature exciting job opportunities and/or professional organizations in the Baton Rouge Area. The positions featured are from companies who are BRAC investors and not necessarily positions at BRAC. For more information about BRAC’s talent development program or to advertise an open position, email talent@brac.org. 

My Baton Rouge: #giftcardchallenge 

Nothing gets us going more than a challenge, especially one that helps out local businesses. Born out of compassion for our small business community came the #giftcardchallenge, which challenges residents to purchase gift cards to local restaurants, boutiques, shops, etc. to help those businesses with cashflow while the Governor’s stay-at-home order is in place. You can save up the gift cards for a post-quarantine date night, an evening of family fun, or for a surprise present for a loved one (the options are endless!). Pro tip: many restaurants, boutiques and shops are offering virtual gift cards, so you can purchase a gift  from the comfort of your couch.  

Baton Rouge residents banding together to support small businesses, that’s my Baton Rouge. 

In the “My Baton Rouge” section of the newsletter, we feature people or events that help tell the story of Baton Rouge. To submit an idea, email talent@brac.org.