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Arts and Culture Collective 

2017 Gold Addy Award winner for cinematography and video editing by Bill Rodman Production Shoppe. Product of the Atachafalaya National Heritage Area.
1510 Courtableau Road, Arnaudville, LA 70512 
Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m., ThursdaySunday  337-453-3307

Bienvenue!

Create wind at NUNU

As volunteers at the NUNU Collective, we would like to provide an even more comfortable environment for everyone to gather year round, regardless of how hot or cold it is outside and inside.

Your donation will help to purchase six, energy efficient industrial ceiling fans with a 96″ blade span and pay for  installation. These will be utilized throughout the facility and provide more comfort for those who attend our monthly French gatherings, Arnaudville Potluck house dances, classes, workshops, informative presentations, art openings, international exchanges and more.

And if we raise more than the amount requested, the funds will go towards making the facility more energy efficient including adding an ice-house roof, cellulose insulation, LED lighting and ultimately installing a larger more energy efficient heating/cooling system for the entire building.

The sooner we meet our goal, the sooner we will begin to beat the elements and reduce our environmental footprint.

And remember, although we’re based in a small town, our reach is a global one so we welcome our international and state wide and regional  partners and friends to participate in helping to “Create wind at NUNU.”

And here is more about who we are…

NUNU works on a broad range of fundamental issues including environmental, economic, social and cultural sustainability through the development and consequent leveraging of local, regional and international partnerships. With our partners, we collaborate to promote democracy, human rights, and equality using art and culture as a vehicle to teach and develop a new world diplomacy. Our goal is to aid in the empowerment of youth and adults to become advocates, creative thinkers and problem solvers. We teach the power of cooperation through the concept of Creative Placemaking, not just local, but international, in order to create a mosaic celebrating diversity and those things that unify us.

And remember, you can “be where you at,” at NUNU! – George Marks, director.

To support this endeavor visit: gofundme

Semaine de la Francophonie Reviewed

For a fifth year, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective hosted a five-day Creative Placemaking Summit that featured exceptional initiators who contribute to the revitalization of a city, neighborhood or region around arts and/or cultural capacity.

Afternoon discussions tackled some of the challenges inherent to Creative Placemaking: forging partnerships, countering community skepticism, assembling financing, clearing regulator hurdles, ensuring maintenance and sustainability and developing metrics of performance.

A summary of outcomes by day are as follows:

  • Tourism Day – partnership creation for the purpose of combating funding reductions and niche tourism business development.
  • St. Luc French Immersion and Cultural Campus Day – program development relevant to community, whether Cajun and Creole language use or cultural business development.
  • CODOFIL Day – the economic viability of Creole language use correlated to increase demand for Creole language speakers within the Caribbean. Incorporation of one day of Creole language use in Louisiana French Immersion school curriculum.
  • Economic Development Day – partnerships built on projects that serve community bring down historical boundaries, become focal points for collaboration and growth, and can even produce broad and regional impact.
  • Environmental Sustainability Day – education in waste generation, disposal and recycling through example. Practice first before you preach.
Recycling/Composting

A first time NUNU EcoCulture meeting/potluck takes place 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 10 at the NUNU collective. (Please also bring your own dish as a Leave No Trace trial practice. Flatware and glassware provided.)

The goal of the group will be to further household friendly practices such as composting and recycling.

Joining the group will be Catherine Poitras Auger, LOJIQ (Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec) Art and Sustainability Liaison Intern. While here, Auger will assist with development of a site plan for the collective and with similar site plans for NUNU partners, the Louisiana State Library and New Orleans Jazz Museum.

Note: This initiative is the result of April 21 discussions with St. Landry Parish Solid Waste and St. Martin Parish government and its waste contractor Waste Management concerning furthering ongoing recycling efforts.

If you wish to be part of this endeavor, or even learn practices for your own use, please join us. If you wish to participate but are unable to attend, email your name and contact info to nunucollective@gmail.com. Subject line: NUNU EcoCulture.

Volunteers 

Erilda Knott Arnaud believes in helping for the purpose of betterment. Whether as a volunteer at NUNU collective, greeting visitors and helping with the promotion of art sales, or as a volunteer at the St. Theresa Thrift Shop, she appreciates and values a team effort.

“Doing it to help out. Not to be paid a salary is giving of ourselves,” she said.

As the daughter of grocers, Arnaud says she learned early to work without expectation of compensation. Her grandmother would direct her to help  a customer and that her work was her contribution to the family business. At the collective, the giving of her time, her work, her effort is in itself her reward. In turn, the collective provides her with community and opportunity, such as in 2013 when she and her husband George, served as Louisiana cultural ambassadors at La Bogue d’Or, in Redon, France. “Oh, my god. We are not artists, but we went and cooked for over 100 people.”

This past weekend, Arnaud was one of four NUNU members to represent the collective at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. She, her husband and sister and brother-in-law, welcomed people to a games tent where they demonstrated and played bourèe with curious visitors. Being part of the collective as a volunteer introduces you to meeting with and greeting people, starting up a conversation. In a way, Arnaud said, that too is a gift of volunteering, for it helps you to open up and gain confidence. “At NUNU, it is easy to do that. There is just something special about NUNU. There are not too many places, art galleries or other places, where you can walk in and be greeted like there.” A cup of coffee, a seat at the table is easily offered and suddenly, you are part of it, the NUNU family.

Ryan Johnson is an emerging Nashville artist and the NUNU collective’s current Workaway volunteer tourism resident. He came to the collective last month and leaves us later this month, heading to Chicago.

“I was looking to get away from the city and be in a more rural area,” he said of his interest in the collective. He arrived just in time for Semaine de la Francophonie, Le Feu et l’Eau and Festival International.

“You have a good thing going on here, especially for artists,” he said. Here, Johnson said, he felt as if in a safe place – where people who seek expression: visual artists, musicians, can find like-minds and the support of others.

Workaway.info is one of several online sites that match hosts and volunteers seeking cultural exchange. Volunteers give time and work in exchange for lodging and meals. The NUNU collective has been greatly enriched by participation in the program, and thanks Ryan for his time
and work, and the gift of his friendship.

LOGIQ

Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec

They are Québécois, natives and/or residents of Québec Providence, which includes Québec City, and they are participants of French Canada’s workforce development initiatives. With funding from the LOJIQ Foundation the International Youth Offices of Quebec (LOJIQ), young professionals (ages 18-35) are provided travel costs and a small stipend for three months of work on specific projects. In turn, project hosts provide lodging and meals. The idea is for these international work experiences to provide interns the opportunity to acquire a formative and professional experience abroad.

Gamelin (image above, left) will be working on partnership project development between the NUNU collective and its partners, the New Orleans Jazz Museum and Louisiana State Library. She comes to the collective with three years of experience as an event coordinator/planner.

“I applied for NUNU’s internship program (also via LOJIQ), wanting to know more about Louisiana’s cultural funding process and how partnerships can be created when public funding is not your primary source, like it is in Canada,” she said.
Gameline is from La Belle Province (Québec, Canada). She has lived in Texas, also for a short time in New Zealand and in rural French-speaking Manitoba, Canada. She calls Montreal, home.
“I worked for three years for the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival where I coordinated creative educational projects and learned the ropes of event planning. After going to Scotland for a seminar last August (2016) with LOJIQ (Les Offices de la jeunesse internationaux du Québec) to learn more about Edinburgh Festivals’ marketing and business strategies.

Auger (image above, right), whose interests include linguistics and environmental sustainability will work with the new NUNU Eco-Club to develop an in-house plan for implementation of  environmental sustainable practices. She will so work with partners, New Orleans Jazz Museum and Louisiana State Library with development of in-house eco-plans for incorporation into those offices and facilities.

“One of my career goals is to create and give useful workshops in communities, and help building networks of solidarity,” she explained.

Within the context of the environmental programing, Auger will include outreach to students within partner communities and in particular students in French immersion programs.

Auger chose the NUNU internship following a recommendation by former co-worker Catherine Bourgie, who with partner Simon Desbiens, were the collective’s very first two volunteer workers, joining us in the fall of 2013. (Again the ties created by these programs continue to enrich.) Auger is from Montréal. She currently live in Hochelaga, which is a working class neighborhood located in the south-eastern part of the city. She has a bachelor’s from Concordia University, and where in the fall she returns to pursue a master’s in media.

Please welcome Lisanne Gamelin and Catherine Poitras Auger.
Events
All events at NUNU collective unless otherwise noted.

Participants under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult.

 

Wednesdays6-7 p.m., Yoga, and on the last Wednesday of every month,Yoga en français. $13 per class or $50 for five classes.

Thursdays6-7:30 p.m., Le Village Gaulois French immersion class. $5 donation per class.
Fridays10 a.m.-noon, Les Coudre Points, needlework “en français.”
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First Sunday1-3 p.m., Tom’s Fiddle & Bow*, JAMbalaya Acoustic Music Jam. Arnaudville.

Second Thursday3-4 p.m., Demitasse short story club.Second Saturday10 a.m.-3 p.m., Louisiana Marketshops* in Henderson Sale and Farmers’ Market.

Third Friday7 p.m., Potluck social. Cost is contribution to table. Traditional Cajun music.
Third Sunday10:30 a.m.-noon, Conscious Living Circle; 1-3 p.m., Music Jam (folk, country, bluegrass, and Cajun music), at La Poste* in downtown Arnaudville; 3-4 p.m., Drum Circle.

Last Wednesday7-9 p.m., Festival of Words music and open mic at Chicory Coffee Shop* in Grand Coteau.Last Saturday9:30-11:30 a.m., La Table Française, francophonie gathering; 2-3 p.m., La Table Creole, Parks Middle School*, off La 347 on Saint Louis Dr, Parks.

Last Sunday3-5 p.m., La Table Jeunesse, youth francophonie gathering, ages 7-17.

Corridor des Arts

Jam, 1-3 p.m., First Sunday

Tom’s Fiddle and Bow

hosts this monthly JAMbalaya Acoustic Music Jam 1-3 p.m., Sunday, March 5. Bring along your instrument of choice and a favorite dish for contribution, for this event is all about sharing. 204 Fuselier St., Arnaudville.

Bayou Teche Brewing, the house of LA 31 biers presents tasting and music every Saturday from 2-5 p.m. In March special events include the award winning brewery’s 7th Anniversary celebrations.

Join the fun: May 6,  Nathan Plumbar; May 13, Acadian Cajun Band; May 20, Swamp Land Band; May 27, Jimmy Breaux and the Happy Cajuns.

Special events at the brewery in May include: 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 12, Architecture & Ales. A presentation by Louisiana Architectural Foundation on alternative lifestyles: Tiny House, Off-the-Grid and Sustainability Practices. Professionals $20 in advance online ($25 at the door). Students $10 in advance online ($15 at the door).
And, Thursday, May 18, Cruisin’ Cajun Country Car Rally.

La Poste cultural gift emporium in Arnaudville opens its doors 1 pm, Sunday, April 16 for a monthly Leave-No-Trace Potluck and Old-Time Song Swap (folk, country, bluegrass, and Cajun music jam).

The Leave-No-Trace Potluck experience means, bring your own (non-disposable) fork and plate. Take home when finished, thereby reducing paper and plastic waste. 153 Fuselier St.,

Le Feu et l’Eau

Le Feu et l’Eau Rural Arts Celebration, April 22-23 2017, was this year as much about sound as the visual and performance arts.

The event began with a day of pounding hammers on metal as members of the non-profit Louisiana Metalsmiths Association (LAMA) burned, forged and shaped handmade items from tools to “Tit Fers.” Then concluding on April 23 were the crescendos of beating drums and percussion.
 
The annual Le Feu et l’Eau (Fire and Water) celebration was begun in 2005 in response to a need by area artists relocated to Acadiana due to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The event served as a means for those artists to work and sell their art and products. It continues today as platform for the promotion of area artisans and artists, visual and performance.
To be part of its shaping and planning for 2018 send your contact information to nunucollective@gmail.com. Subject line: 2018F&W

Workaway volunteer Ryan Johnson at work on first of two murals.

Partner Le Réveil Du François Inc., Cecilia French Immersion begins work this month on a solar system mural with the help of Workaway volunteer and Nashville, Tenn., artist Ryan Johnson. The mural is one of two, incorporating vocabulary en français, that are planned for Cecilia Primary School.

Murals are in part supported with funding from an Al Berard Memorial Foundation grant awarded to NUNU collective for francophone programing.

 

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