Cultural Programs


Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts
Southeastern’s historic downtown performing arts center presents a diverse mix of
cultural events throughout the year. The renovated Columbia Theatre features an 850-seat
performance hall, conference area and sophisticated technical capabilities, providing
the region with a grand and elegant setting for entertainment.


Contemporary Art Gallery
The Contemporary Art Gallery provides a contemporary arts forum for students and residents
of Hammond and the Northshore. Featuring national and regional exhibitions of contemporary
art, lectures and workshops, the art gallery provides opportunities to engage with
artwork and artists as well as insight into current directions in contemporary art.


Our festival of the arts, humanities and social sciences serves as the opening act
for the yearlong Fanfare-Columbia season at Southeastern’s historic downtown performing
arts center. Fanfare spotlights big-name guest artists as well as talented faculty
and students.


Community Music School
The Community Music School provides music education and training for people of all
ages and abilities. The vital community-based program is a truly regional venture,
serving residents across the Northshore at Southeastern’s main campus in Hammond and
at satellite programs in St. Tammany Parish and Livingston Parish.


Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies
The Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies preserves and promotes the history and
cultures of Louisiana’s Florida Parishes, southwestern Mississippi and the surrounding
areas through scholarly research, lectures and publishing. The center also maintains
the university’s Archives and Special Collections and provides a closed-stack research