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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!

So what would you like
to see offered at NUNU?

Members, artists and others interested in teaching or taking a workshop or class, please share your wishes via email with education director Cricket Nelson at [email protected].
The Spring NUNU yoU semester (February-April) is currently in the planning. Artists interested in teaching should also send your suggestions via email to Cricket.
Join CMA representatives and area planners for a 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13 potluck social at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective.
Bring a dish and your favorite beverage and learn more about the 2019 Congrès Mondial Acadien.
Planning to attend? Please reply on Facebook events posting. facebook.com/events

Couler … an exhibit emphasizing the flow of process in paint and pottery by artists Karen Willingham and Suzi Santillo, Sept. 7- Oct. 29.

Platter by Suzi Santillo

A special 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15 “Artists’ Reception” featuring paintings and pottery by artists Karen Willingham and Suzi Santillo is the center event of a daylong experience Arnaudville calendar that includes a benefit Garden Brunch at Seven Oaks and afternoon jam at Bayou Teche Brewery.
The Couler exhibit emphasizes the flow of processes required in the creation of these new works. Willingham, who is an award winning gourd artist, takes her experimental work in alcohol ink on yupo paper to a new level, producing paintings shaped by mood and movement reminiscent of celestial dance.
Santillo, an accomplished potter of 28 years experience, reveals her newest collection of vases, flasks and other utilitarian and non-utilitarian forms, wheel-thrown to serve as sculptural works of art and wood fired in a North Carolina anagama kiln. Some of the pieces are organic in shape and color, misshaped, earth and mineral flecked. Others are traditional and brilliantly colored. A few even display a glass-like blue.
Both collections are not to be missed.
Other events taking place at the collective are the 10:30 a.m., Spiritual Living Circle discussion gathering, and 3 p.m., drumming circle. Interested public are invited to participate in any or all.

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Sunday, Oct. 15, a special Garden Brunch Party takes place at 196 Fuselier Road, Arnaudville, benefiting
Atelier de la Nature, a forthcoming Cecilia area nature reserve and education center, aimed at inspiring stewardship of nature within our own backyards.
The brunch takes place 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. and features traditional breakfast dishes, French and South Mediterranean cuisine, traditional Sunday lunch favorites, and various flavored mimosas. A cash bar is also offered.
There is a $30 donation request per person. To make a reservation visit brunch.
Atelier de la Nature is an out-of-house program of the NUNU Arts and Culture Collective. Once fully operational, it will offer dual language (French-English) and family-friendly cooking workshops, guided nature walks, ecology workshops, art and science educational programming, and more. Within the nature reserve, restorations are planned and have begun to bring back native prairie, hardwood and wetland habitats.Atelier de la Nature is a project of artist/biologist Brandon Ballengée  and sustainable food educator Aurore Ballengée, and their children, Victor and Lily.
The Ballengées chose Louisiana, and particular Cecilia, for location of their atelier because, as they are fond of stating: “We all know that the food and culture of South Louisiana is special but aside from those assets, it possesses one of the most biologically rich areas in the United States.”
Aurore Ballengée is a native of Reims, France. She is a curator, exhibition translator and producer of educational workshops for children addressing sustainable food production and consumption. Brandon Ballengée, a 2017 Smithsonian Art Fellow, is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Biological Sciences Department at Louisiana State University, studying the impact on fish from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. To learn more visit: brandonballengee.com/bio/

Events

Wednesdays– 6-7 p.m.Yoga, and on the last Wednesday of

All events at NUNU collective unless otherwise noted*.
Participants under the age of 18 should be accompanied by an adult.
Second Monday – 7:15-8:15 p.m., Oct. 9, EcoCulture group meets. 6:30 p.m., “Leave No Waste” potluck precedes meeting. (Leave No Waste encourages the reduction of paper product use by asking people to bring their own non-disposable dish, glass, and/or flatware, and take home to wash after use.)
 
Second Thursday – 3-4 p.m., Oct. 12, Demitasse short story club. Group reads from “The Short Story in Louisiana, 1880-1990.) October reading, “A Summer Tragedy,” by Arna Bontemps.
 
Second Friday – 6 p.m., Oct. 13, Congrès Mondial Acadien Potluck social provides an opportunity to learn more about the 2019 Congrès. Bring a dish and your favorite beverage.
Third Sunday – 10:30 a.m.-noon, Oct. 15, Conscious Living Circle1-3 p.m., Oct. 15, reception Couler exhibit featuring paintings by Karen Willingham and pottery by Suzi Santillo; 3-4 p.m., Oct. 15, Drum Circle.
Third Friday – 7 p.m., Oct. 20Potluck social. Cost is contribution of a dish to share. Traditional Cajun music. Participants encouraged to practice “Leave No Waste.” (Leave No Waste encourages the reduction of paper product use by asking people to bring their own non-disposable dish, glass, and/or flatware, and take home to wash after use.)
Last Saturday – 9:30-11:30 a.m.Oct. 28, La Table Française, francophone gathering. Here all French is good French. All levels of fluency and ages are welcomed.
La Table Jeunesse, youth francophone gathering, ages 7-17, relocates this month to Atelier de la Nature for participation in Halloween Art and Nature Fest. See event info below.

Halloween Art and Nature Fest

The Halloween Art and  Nature Festival is a free family-friendly event inviting all children and families to celebrate Halloween and Louisiana’s special natural surroundings, through art, music, food and science.
This free event will include all sorts of “spooktacular” fun Halloween activities such as: DIY costume workshop using recycled/up-cycled materials and contest, creation of ghoulish artworks and bug portraits, spooky soap making, pumpkin decorating, native seed giveaway, a haunted hayride, zombie gardening, DIY bat boxes and hummingbird feeders, “scare-rumptious” Halloween food workshop, spine-tingling storytelling, semi-living live music, local artists, and much more.
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Le Festival d’Art & Nature d’Halloween est un événement familial invitant tous les enfants et leurs parents à célébrer Halloween et le milieu naturel particulier de Louisiane, à travers l’art, la musique, la cuisine et la science.
Cet événement gratuit comprendra toutes sortes d’activités “spooktaculaires” d’Halloween telles que: atelier et concours de costumes crées avec des matériaux recyclés, création d’œuvres d’art macabres et de portraits d’insectes, fabrication de savon effrayants, décoration de citrouilles, don de graines de plantes natives, zombi-jardinage, fabrication de nichoirs pour chauves-souris et de mangeoires pour colibris, atelier cuisine d’Halloween épouvantable, lecture d’histoires d’Halloween qui font frissonner, musique live semi-vivante, artistes locaux et bien plus encore.
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1-5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, 1050 Andrew Gautreaux Rd, Arnaudville. Between Arnaudville and Cecilia, off of Coteau Rodaire Highway.

Volunteers

Rebecca Lanclos first appeared at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective in the spring of 2016. She stopped by to learn of the collective’s activities having heard that it fosters a Francophone friendly environment. She arrived just prior to the start of the 2016
Semaine Française d’Arnaudville creative placemaking summit. Lanclos attended that year’s Youth Day program to see for herself how French immersion students at Cecilia schools might be included in future activities at the collective.
Lanclos is president of Le Reveil du Français, the Cecilia French Immersion Parent Teacher Organization; Vice President of the CODOFIL led Louisiana Parents for French Immersion State Board of Directors; and
Vice President of Teche Elementary Parent Teacher Organization.

“My initial approach to NUNU was with the intent to involve French speaking children in any possible programing. I became a volunteer because I wanted myself and my children to become more active within the NUNU collective, and because I saw an environment that would not only welcome the kids with open arms, but would help to further the vision held by local parents, of wanting younger generations to know of their Cajun and Creole heritage,” she said.

“My family and I continue to return because NUNU is filled with creativity and vision focused on community. It is also filled with volunteers that speak all dialects of French: Cajun, Creole, Parisian … Those can all be heard during a single visit to this establishment,” Lanclos added. “As one of the many who volunteer, and one of the many supporters, of all ages, the francophone community thrives. And NUNU is an anchor point.”

Lanclos serves as director of the monthly La Table Jeunesse, a youth French language immersion gathering that is open to all area young people ages 7-17. It takes place at NUNU collective during the school year and on the last Sunday of the month, 3-5 p.m. (Always follows La Table Française.)

Acadiana Native Plant Project 

Acadiana Native Plant Project is seeking funds to assist with the installation of its 1,500-square-foot June Walker Memorial Greenhouse & Educational Center at the Teche Farm Eco-campus, 1046 Main Hwy. (La. 31), Arnaudville.

Greenhouse prior to disassembly. Photo by Janice Eaton Akers.

The ANPP received this professional greenhouse from the estate of the late friend and supporter June Walker. It was initially located in Sunset, but now, in partnership with the NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, will serve as a location for education and propagation of Acadiana native plants on the Teche Farm Eco-campus.
The Teche Farm Eco-campus is a project of NUNU Arts and Culture Collective with the participation of the Jacques Arnaud French Studies Immersion Program. Once completed, organizers anticipate providing programming in English and French regarding pollinator gardens, bee keeping, hy-YOU-ponic gardening, herbs and product development including: encaustic wax, pine needle and bark ink; paper making, growing and using gourds, composting practices and more.
Buildings located on the property were previously used as: the St. Martin Parish Voter Precinct 9-1; the Savoy Nursery School; the Arnaudville Community Action Inc. Tiny Tot Day Care Center; and Arnaudville Elementary School.
To support the installation of the ANPP greenhouse visit: GreauxNative.org.
If you wish to volunteer and be part of the developing Teche Farm Eco-campus, email contact information to: [email protected].

One Acadiana – 

Building the Region Conference concludes at NUNU

The One Acadiana – Building the Region Conference, concludes its day of touring on Nov. 9, at the NUNU Arts and Culture Collective with dinner, music and demonstrations by area artists and artisans.  Tickets for the dinner event, along with lunch and full day conference tickets are available for purchase at: oneacadiana.
The intent of the conference is to discover how each parish is shaping the regional economy, as well as provide opportunity to interact with change-makers, and network with businesses across Acadiana. Join fellow business community leaders for this jaunt into and throughout St. Landry and Evangeline parishes.
  • Full-Day Conference Pass, $70.00. Includes lunch and “We are Louisiana French” event.
  • Lunch Conference Pass, $25.00. Lunch in Evangeline Parish.
  • Dinner Conference Pass, $35.00. “We are Louisiana French’ event at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective.
Full agenda available Oct. 9.
 

Event listings connecting Sunset to Henderson via La. 93 and La 347

Festival of Words Open Mic Nite, last Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., Sept. 27. Music, poetry and short story. Bring along your own work and share. At Chicory’s Coffee & Café, 219 E Martin Luther King Drive, Grand Coteau.

Bayou Teche Brewing, the house of LA 31 biers presents Live @ Bayou Teche3-6 p.m., Saturdays; and Live Cajun Jams and Bourré2-5 p.m., Sundays, 1106 Bushville Hwy., Arnaudville. On Oct. 28, Live @ Bayou Teche celebrates 2nd annual Halloween Party. Visit bayoutechebrewing.com/events/ for more information.

Sunrise Saturdays Farmers Market8 a.m.-noon, featuring produce and artisan foods directly from local growers, farmers and backyard garden enthusiasts. 832 Napoleon Avenue, Sunset.

Louisiana Marketshops at the 115, Second Saturday Outdoor Market9 a.m.- 3 p.m., Oct. 14, Henderson/Cecilia I-10 exit. Monthly artisan and farmers market promoting Louisiana made and Louisiana grown products. Just west of Landry’s Seafood House. To learn more visit: facebook.com/casanovamarketshops/

Sunset Jam in downtown Sunset, Second Saturday local musicians’ gathering, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Oct. 14.

La Poste gift emporium and exploratorium hosts its monthly Music Jam (folk, country, bluegrass, and Cajun music), 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15. Bring an instrument and join in. 153 Fuselier St., Arnaudville. For more information visit: facebook.com/laposte153/

Festival of Words Music and Open Mic Nite, last Wednesday, 7-9 p.m.Oct. 25. Music, poetry and short story. Bring along your own work and share. At Chicory’s Coffee & Café, 219 E Martin Luther King Drive, Grand Coteau.
Annual Grand Coteau Sweet Dough Pie Fest takes place 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.Saturday, Oct. 28, on the grounds of at St. Charles Catholic Church. Includes sweet dough pie contest, arts and crafts vendors and music.
The long awaited Tee Tiny Houses of Arnaudville Grand Opening takes place 9 a.m- 1 p.m.Saturday, Oct. 28. The public is invited to see and walk through the first in a series of available models, each boasting ability for custom design modifications. To learn more visit: facebook.com/TeeTinyHouses/
Atelier de la Nature welcomes families and friends to its first Halloween Art and Nature Fest1-5 p.m.Saturday, Oct. 28, at Coteau Rodaire Hwy and Andrew Gautreaux Street in the Cecilia community. The fest features costume making from recycled materials, art and science related activities for children and a hayride. Meet the mad Victor-scientist, Franken-Brandon and the Franken-Brandon-Bride Aurore. for more information visit: facebook.com/events

Festival of Words 6:30 p.m.Thursday, Nov. 2, opening Artist Showcase and Potluck takes place at partner organization, NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, Arnaudville. Contribute a dish to the table and enjoy an evening of spoken word with

Bruce Coen, Alex “PoeticSoul” Johnson, and percussionist Frank “Authello” Andrus. FOW celebrates the start of the 10th FOW, Nov. 3-4 in Grand Coteau. Featured artists are: poets Darrell Bourque, Allison Joseph and Patricia Smith. For more information visit: festivalofwords.org

Tom’s Fiddle and Bow, 204 Fuselier St., Arnaudville, hosts its monthly

JAMbalaya Acoustic Music Jam and potluck, 1-3 p.m.Sunday, Nov. 5. Bring along your own instrument of choice and a favorite dish for sharing.
 

Tell us what you like, what you think …

NUNU Arts and Culture Collective is dedicated to establishing and maintaining itself as a primary advocate, voice, and resource for artistic, cultural and sustainable development.
Below is a link to an online evaluation form that provides the collective with information on current programing and what YOU would like in programing. Please help us with completion of this short form for any and each event you attended in the prior month. The more input the better.
This evaluation is supported by the Acadiana Center for the Arts Decentralized Arts Funding grant.


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