…for YOU are the reason the NUNU collective is this vibrant, award winning, regionally, nationally and internationally recognized place maker.
In 2017 expect to see an expansion of the annual French Week Creative Placemaking Summit to a greater French language inclusive “Semaine de la Francophonie”; the return of a Tiny House workshop in partnership with Arnaudville’s newest business, Tee Tiny Houses; and more special event hosting, such as repeats of the successful 2016 Conscious Living Expo and Al Berard Music Festival.
As a 501(c)(3) that is ALL volunteer run, and receiving only $3000 annually in government (Louisiana Decentralized Arts) funding, your support as individuals, and as businesses/partners, assures the continuation of the collective.
Le Village Gaulois, Candide Wyble’s successful weekly French Immersion class has reached capacity. As a result, she is unable to welcome new villagers at this time – BUT, those wishing to be included on a wait list, please email Le Gaulois with you contact information.
Le Village Gaulois is an entertaining way to brush up on your French through Gaulish tales & culture, classics of French cuisine and natural arts & crafts workshops. Every three months, the “Indomitable Gauls” suit up in their best Gaulish warrior, craftsman, farmer, bard or druidic costume to gauloisement party for “Les Nuits Gauloises.” All levels of French are welcome. $5 donation per class.
After the Feb. 1 celebration of Imbolc, Les Gaulois embrace the Beltaine season.
Treat yourself well.
Stretch, release, breath and feel the benefits of a one hour yoga workout weekly with instructor Christy Farnsworth. This is a gentle Hatha Yoga practice that utilizes bolster supports with some postures.
And on the last Thursday of the month – join Martine, who will take you through the routine – en français.
Beginning March 2, Genealogy 101 introduces you to the processes of tracing your family tree. Susie Guidry Perry leads the 1-3 p.m., Thursday class, through five weeks of organization and research insights, culminating with a field trip to the state archives in Baton Rouge.
Class size is limited to five and cost is $30 per person, and includes a work binder.
Order ahead through the second Friday of each month and pick up that Sunday. This month the order deadline date is Feb. 10 and pick up is Feb. 12 at the collective.
Gumbo is sold by bowl with rice and bread ($8) and/or by half-gallon ($15) and gallon ($30) with rice. Larger qualities also available. To place an order visit the collective or give Gumbo Time coordinator Tammy Marks a call at 337-298-2547.
collective) from Erilda and George (Arnaud, Guidroz’s in-laws and neighbors). I really didn’t know what it (NUNU) was about,” he said. “After a few times, we started coming to events.”
Guidroz graduated from event attendee to volunteer when following completion of classes on the first Tiny House build, further finishing work was required. “That is when I started coming,” Guidroz noted. “All of that work on the tiny house, helping out, kept me active. I enjoyed that.
“Here there is always variety, change – lot’s of stimulation,” he added. “I like to meet people and one good thing is (here) you meet a lot of different people, and to me, when I come here everybody is happy.
“I like everything about coming here.”
Since then, Wendy has prepared and served spring rolls and dumplings while showing us how, and introduced us to traditional Chinese dance. Richard has repaired broken pipes following a freeze, mopped floors and installed security equipment.
|Richard and Wendy|
While here Wendy and Richard became friends with Arnaudville resident and physician Dan Liu, and together the ladies organized a Jan. 28 Chinese New Year Celebration at the collective. That same day the monthly La Table Francaise gathering was taking place, providing NUNU with dual cultural ongoing events – to the delight of all.
Richard and Wendy leave us this month to continue their journey. They are two of 70+ tourism volunteers who since 2014 have gifted NUNU with their helping hands, giving hearts and enduring friendships. Bon voyage!
La Table Française enters its 11th year in 2017 under the leadership of Jacques Arnaud French Studies Director Mavis Fruge. This last Saturday of the month morning gathering, 9:30-11:30 a.m., continues to serve as the basis of French language promotion within the collective.
Area French speakers/students, ages 7-17, are invited to meet 3-5 p.m., the last Sunday of the month for La Table Jeunesse. The youth French table offers crafts and activities so students of French, whether immersion on second-language can socialize and network. No cost. Refreshments provided.
In addition, the Jacques Arnaud French Studies now offers a French table gathering at the J. Michael Morrow Memorial Nursing Home, where residents and visitors join in conversation during a 9:30 a.m., fourth Thursday, Allons Parler Français gathering.
Les Coudre Points, a needlework focused French Immersion project of the JAFS, continues its work on a quilt design by artist Lauren Greene Whyte. Here you learn the steps of quilt making as practiced for centuries.
Other needlework techniques in knitting, crocheting, tatting are welcomed. Les Coudre Points is about sharing knowledge in a supportive working circle, where French language is introduced as related to needlework. It meets weekly, 10:30-noon, Fridays. For more information contact director Loretta Bourque at 337-258-6363.
Meeting 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., every third Sunday, the Spiritual Living Circle is a local study group that offers spiritual tools to transform personal lives and help make the world a better place”… holding that “all life is sacred.”
The format begins with a coffee/tea/munchies time, followed by a discussion of a current book which has been chosen by group consensus – for example, such authors as Eckhart Tolle, Joan Borysenko, David Hawkins, and Joe Dispenza. Meetings center on a discussion circle that provides a forum for the purpose of fostering personal growth, often incorporating a short meditation and finishing with a few minutes of closing affirmation.
Experience the many benefits of a Drum Circle every third Sunday from 3-4 p.m. at the NUNU Arts and Culture Collective.
In February, the group explores drumming as a healing technique,” states leader Claire Hernandez.
The pounding sound of a drum can help us to take notice of our own heartbeat. Drumming also provides a therapeutic inroad to the inner self. A low, steady beat can create a calmness whereas a stronger upbeat can stir us into action or frenzy.
Join Hernandez and David Delhomme for this wonderful monthly practice and experience the beat!
Participants under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult.
Tuesdays – 6-7:30 p.m., Le Village Gaulois French immersion class. $5 donation per class.
On Jan. 11, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective Director George Marks received the Jillian Johnson Cultural Entrepreneurial Award from ABiz magazine. It was in recognition of his leadership in the evolution of the NUNU collective as a stimulus to the economic growth of Arnaudville, and its influence as a model of Creative Placemaking.
Congratulations George, and while you unhesitatingly point to all around you as the “real” placemakers, we say, “Well deserved.”
Photo by Robin May