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Panelist Bio


Pam Breaux
Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development

A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, Pam Breaux graduated from McNeese State University with a bachelor of arts degree in English. Later she graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a master of arts degree in English and folklore.

Pam managed Southwest Louisiana's Decentralized Arts Funding Program for Region Five of the state from its inception through its seventh year. Further, she spent six years as executive director of the Arts & Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana. During her tenure there, she worked to create and develop the Central School Arts & Humanities Center (adaptive reuse project) as well as the Southwest Louisiana Cultural Tourism Coalition. She also led the Louisiana Division of the Arts as its executive director.

Pam is active with the Louisiana Partnership for the Arts and was chairman of the group from 1997-1999. She currently serves on the board of directors and is vice president for NOCCA--the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts/Riverfront--as well as the advisory board for the Louisiana Creole Heritage Center. Other professional activities include:
  • serving as the task force member representing the arts for Louisiana 2020 the state's plan for Economic Development;
  • service on numerous local, state and national grants panels;
  • numerous presentations at workshops and conferences;
  • member of the board of directors and vice president of the Southern Arts Federation;
  • member of the board of directors of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies.


Pam now serves as assistant secretary of the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development.

Current Topic


     10/18 - Louisiana Veterans Back Home

What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?
Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-six percent of Louisiana’s veterans fought in these conflicts. The needs for these veterans are plentiful including securing employment and housing, and dealing with the mental rigors of transitioning from military back to civilian life.

Louisiana Public Square explores the unique programs and initiatives that are helping our state’s younger veterans successfully overcome these challenges on “Louisiana Veterans Back Home” Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Thursday, October 18.)

Veterans Coming Home is a collaborative, multi-platform public media project between Wisconsin Public Television and Kindling Group in partnership with local stations and other national organizations. Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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     05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges do our returning veterans face?

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What standards should be used for college admissions?

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