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Therapeutic and educational

music services

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About Playaz and Playettes, Inc:

Recipient of 2004 Louisiana Governor’s Art Award ( Outstanding Small Arts Organization)


Playaz and Playettes, Inc (PPI) is a grass roots non-profit charitable artistic educational corporation located in Shreveport, Louisiana’s historic low income community of Ledbetter Heights, also known as “The Bottom”. Our organization was founded in 1997 by Ron Hardy along with a group of patrons at H & H Lounge. We received our 501(c) (3) status from the IRS on April 8, 2002. Ron Hardy has served as Executive Director and Artistic Director since conception. 




Playaz and Playettes Inc adopted the mission statement as follows: “Playaz and Playettes, Inc. exist to enhance the growth and development of our undeserved, low-income residents of Shreveport, La. through art and education.  We are committed to the youth, as well as adults, of today for our future.  We are dedicated to the financial empowerment of our community.  We believe that the development and implementation of ideas and programs by the people and for the people is a step towards empowerment and self-sufficiency.” Through several innovative and diverse workshops, programs and festivals we hope to pioneer a pathway of possibilities, encouragement and hope to many in our community.  We hold steadfast and accept as true the old, but not forgotten, proverbs “It takes a village to raise a child” and that “If you give a man a fish you will feed him for only one day; if you teach a man how to fish you will feed him for a lifetime”.




We enhance people's lives through music. In addition to improving cognitive skills, our therapeutic and educational music programs promote healing, stress relief, and physical and mental self-awareness.

Our programs feature percussion instruments, because they are easy to engage and require no prior musical training. All programs are fun, creative and cause a sense of euphoria for participants. 



Music releases endorphins that provide feelings of happiness and energy. All of our programs are designed to increase IQ performance, enhance spatial reasoning and inspire creative development. Playing helps organize the firing patterns of the cerebral cortex strengthening creativity and spatial temporal reasoning. In addition, learning through music builds communication and listening skills, enhances abstract thinking and improves memory.

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