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Forum 35 has many initiatives and events throughout the year. All committee meetings are open to the public, so we invite you to drop in and find your passion!


Forum 35 hosts monthly socials to celebrate its members and the accomplishments of the organization as well as to foster networking among our membership. Contact:    


Arts & Culture


Art Melt 
Art Melt is the largest multi-media, juried art exhibit in the state of Louisiana. Art Melt strives to promote professional artists throughout the state of Louisiana while providing an opportunity for the public to experience the best of local fine art, music, and performing arts. Chair: Kylee Lewis,


Reindeer Run
Serious runners and casual  joggers head downtown for this fantastic 5k fun run and 1 mile jog. Reindeer Run coincides with the Downtown Festival of lights in December. Chairs: Brad Wilson and Chris Simoneaux,


One Book One Community

The One Book One Community initiative aims to use a common and compelling reading experience to: one, inspire thought-provoking dialogue among readers; two, to increase visibility of issues relevant to the community; and three, to raise awareness of literacy issues within our area. Chair: Chelsea Borruano,  


Cultural Diversity 


The cultural diversity initiative strives to help build a Forum 35 that represents the community we live in. This is done by promoting dialogue, discussion, and activities that expose our current membership to Baton Rouge's rich and diverse culture.  



Forum Friday 
Forum Friday is our monthly membership luncheon featuring a local speaker addressing issues specifically targeted to the needs and concerns of Baton Rouge-area young professionals and leaders. Chairs: Caroline Mladenka and Morgan Kastner,    

John W. Barton, Sr. Community Leadership Development Program
This program enables members to develop their leadership skills for community board service while promoting community involvement and volunteerism in Baton Rouge. Chairs: Glynna Mayers, James Bayard, 


Leadership Hour

Leadership Hour comprises quarterly, hour-long training sessions designed to teach skills and offer time for discussion around issues to strengthen leadership qualities. These qualities will help position our membership for growth within their Forum 35 role and everyday life. Chair: Brad Wilson,




Young professionals couple their love for wine, their passion for a good cause and their desire to mix and mingle with like-minded people in a fun, casual social setting. Chairs: Jessica Engler and Beth Bliner, 

Service Committee
The service committee decides what projects and volunteer opportunities to offer the membership and then coordinates our involvement in the service activity. Chairs: Andrea Jerabek and Meredith Laborde,



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