“Merci beaucoup!”

Louisiana French Consul General Grégor Trumel and staff not only visited NUNU Arts and Culture Collective last month, they came and they conquered.

Following a special Pot Luck social that drew around 150 people, Trumel and staff returned for a morning French Table where they joined in the exchange of personal stories and games. Following lunch at The Little Big Cup/Bayou Warehouse in Arnaudville, they attended a Bayou Teche Brewing anniversary party, and there Trumel joined in song with local musicians.


Events Schedule


First Wednesday – 9:30 a.m., Sept. 3, Demi Tasse Short Story Club discusses Martha Lacy Hall’s “Apple-Green Triumph.”  Demi Tasse short story club is a Bouki Books sponsored event. Open membership. October reading listed below.

Every Thursday – 1:30 p.m., Les Coudre Points, quilting “en français.” Si vous êtes débutant ou si vous souhaitez faire fonctionner à nouveau, rejoignez-nous. (If you are just starting or wish to get working again, join us.) No cost. For more information call 337-754-7115.

First Weekend – 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sept. 6-7, Artist Retreat. 2-Day retreat with visual artists George Marks, Lisa diStefano or Jill Hackney. Escape the first weekend of every month to the country for work alongside fellow artists. Leave your phone and your troubles behind. This is not a class, but rather an opportunity to set aside time to work within a creative space. Bring paints, canvas, whatever you wish to work with/or on. $5 members/$15 non-members.

Second Sunday – 2-4:30 p.m., Sept. 14, Contra and Squares dance. No partner necessary. Bring expectations of having a laugh-out-loud good time. $5 suggested donation. NUNU Culinary Collective sells non-alcoholic beverages and plate suppers prior to and during the dance.

Third Friday – 7 p.m., Sept. 19, Pot Luck social. À la bonne franquette. Join us for the best party in town. Meet Deux Bayous featured artist Shirley Gauthier. Dance to the sounds of Byron Boudreaux’s Pot Luck Band. Visit with friends and make new ones. Cost is your favorite dish for contribution to communal dinner. Dining begins 7:30 p.m.

Fourth Wednesday – 7 p.m., Sept. 24, Cinéma Français. Monthly French language (with English subtitles) movie night. Bring your favorite snacks and refreshments.

Last Saturday – 9 a.m.-noon, Sept. 27, La Table Française. Popular Francophone gathering. Coffee and homemade treats served alongside fun topics encouraging group conversation. A true cultural immersion experience. No cost.

Last Sunday – 2-4 p.m., Sept. 28, World War II Stories. Bouki Books presents excerpts from Dennis Ward’s debut novel, “Mademoiselle Gigi,” and a viewing of Bonnie Friedman’s “Operation Sussex,” a 2011 documentary revealing the role of French Resistance Fighters in D-Day landings.


First Wednesday – 9:30 a.m., Oct. 1, Demi Tasse short story club discusses Robert Penn Warren’s “Blackberry Winter.” Note favorite passage for sharing. Demi Tasse short story club is a Bouki Books sponsored event. Open membership.

Cinéma Français issues cast call

NUNU Arts and Culture Collective seeks cast of one or two French culture supporters for assistance with operation of fourth Wednesday Cinéma Français.

If you wish to help with keeping this popular and fun event as a monthly NUNU offering, please call 337-484-9190.

Bouki Books presents World War II stories

Join us 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28 for a double delight. Excerpts from Dennis Ward’s debut novel, “Mademoiselle Gigi,” and the viewing of Bonnie Friedman’s “Operation Sussex,” a 2011 documentary revealing the role of French Resistance Fighters in D-Day landings.

Mme. Gigi, as you will learn, was a French war bride, whose American/Cajun husband deserts her shortly after arriving in Acadiana. But Gigi was not one to surrender, having just survived World War II.

“Operation Sussex,” is Bonnie Frieman’s telling of a special British/American operation whereby 120 French Resistance Fighters, men and women, were trained for re-entry into France and for collection of information necessary for D-Day preparation.
For more information on Operation Sussex visit: features Creative Placemaking

Writer Chelsea Brasted, with the Times-Picayune’s online publication has it right.

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Not just relating the narrative of NUNU’s evolution,  Brasted ventures to takes the story one step further through explanation of Creative Placemaking as applied to Arnaudville.

The National Endowment for the Arts defines creative placemaking as public and private entities “strategically (shaping) the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, city or region around arts and cultural activities.” At its core, the idea is that creating an interesting place to live will help drive business. – “Arnaudville becomes Louisiana destination through NUNU Collective, experimental Creative Placemaking.”

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Behold! Arnaudville… New York Times takes Notice

An Aug. 29 article in the New York Times relates the story of New Lebanon, N.Y., and its living history marketing endeavors.

Five paragraphs into the feature, “Green Acres, the Place to Be. ‘Behold! New Lebanon’ Offers Rural Tourism,” Arnaudville is mentioned as an example of – an emerging rural renaissance – a movement that some are calling “rural by choice.”

Go Arnaudville! Check it out. newyorktimes

Artistic exchange heads to Marfa, Texas

A first glimpse of new working headling to Marfa, Texas for the Oct. 5 “Degrees of Separation” exhibition.

“Degrees of Separation” is a collaborative exhibition of Breton and Louisiana visual and literary artists sponsored by Ann Connelly Fine Art, Baton Rouge.

It is a product of the NUNU Arts and Culture Collective/Les Articulteurs (Brittany, France) artist exchange partnership, in cooperation with the Louisiana French Consulate.

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JAFS Immersion leases buildings

By request of the Jacques Arnaud French Studies Collective, you are invited to a 10 a.m., Thursday, September 11 lease signing celebration noting the establishment of offices for perpetuation of its ongoing adult Louisiana French Immersion Program.

“This is a significant step in Arnaudville becoming an educational center of Louisiana French language and culture,” said Mavis Frugé, JAFSC director. “For two years, JAFS has conducted university credited Louisiana French language and cultural studies courses in partnership with LSU, Tulane and Wisconsin (Eau Claire) universities. The only things missing have been a central location to conduct classes and a dormitory to house students, which will hopefully in the near future be located in the former St Luke Hospital. Because of St. Martin Parish School Board leadership and foresight, we are that much closer to fulfilling the dream.”

The lease is for use and re-purpose of the former St. Martin Parish Voter Precinct 9-1 and/or Savoy Nursery School.

We urge your attendance and ask that you RSVP by email [email protected] so we may plan accordingly.