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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!

Everything Compost No.2

Back by popular demand is the “Everything Compost” workshop, 10-11 a.m., Sunday, July 9 at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective. Open to the public. Bring paper and pen to take notes.

“Everything Compost” is a project of the NUNU EcoCulture initiative, which seeks to introduce environmentally friendly practices at the collective. EcoCulture group meets 7:15 p.m., Monday, July 10 (second Monday of month). An informal, 6:30 p.m. Leave No Waste potluck dinner precedes meeting.

Presenting is LOJIQ (Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec) young professional Catherine Poitras, whose task has been to assist NUNU membership with identification of environmental sustainability issues, and implementation of an in-house program for addressing those issues. She travels to New Orleans this coming week to work with the New Orleans Jazz Museum, a partner of the collective and participant in the LOJIQ internship program.

DRA Creative Placemaking Inititive training takes place

July 17-18 at NUNU

Delta artist

The Delta Regional Authority (DRA), in partnership with leading national arts and government organizations, conducts a two-day training at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective designed to more deeply inform local elected officials, local development districts, economic development staff and leadership, and other non-arts sector decision-makers about the creative placemaking approach and DRA’s Delta Creative Placemaking Pilot Initiative.

To register visit: dra.gov/calendar/event/1075

The Delta Regional Authority works to improve regional economic opportunity by helping to create jobs, build communities, and improve the lives of the 10 million people who reside in the 252 counties and parishes of the eight-state Delta region it serves. This training also provides guidance to those municipal, county/parish, and economic development organization teams planning to submit proposals for the Delta Creative Placemaking Investment program.

DRA will contribute nearly $460,000 to stimulate economic and community development efforts through promoting the unique places, arts, culture, music, and food of its Delta communities. As indicated in the Delta Creative Placemaking Pilot Initiative NOFA (federal Notice of Funding Availability), partnerships submitting investment applications are required to have principals attend at least one of six Regional Workshops. The July 18-19 workshop at NUNU collective is one of those six.

Creative Placemaking Fosters Economic Development:

  •     Revitalizes vacant and underutilized land, buildings, and infrastructure;
  •     Supports job creation in construction, local businesses, and cultural activities;
  •     Expands entrepreneurial ranks of artists and designers;
  •     Trains the next generation of cultural workers;
  •     Attracts and retains non-arts-related businesses and skills; and
  •     Enhances the quality of place and improves the quality of life for residents.

In 2014, the arts and cultural sectors contributed more than $729 billion or 4.2% to the U.S. economy – in fact, the arts and culture produced more than some other sectors, such as construction ($619 billion) and utilities ($270 billion)
Between 1998 and 2014, the contribution of arts and culture to the nation’s gross domestic product grew by more than 35%. Spending on arts and cultural goods and services in 2014 reached $1.1 trillion. Employment increased by 3.8% to support more than 1 million jobs in core arts and cultural production industries.

Volunteers  

Kathleen Whitehurst

Kathleen Whitehurst, Deux Bayous Gallery artist, creator and director of NUNU collective partner Le Village des Arts Eco Parc, has since 2014, managed participation by 80+ tourism volunteers at the collective. She has supervised construction and repair projects benefiting facility maintenance and program expansion; and she has supervised event site preparations for numerous events including: Le Feu et l’Eau Rural Arts Celebration, Semaine Francaise d’Arnaudville and the 2016 Conscious Living Expo.

Whitehurst first came to to the collective as an exhibiting sea glass jewelry artist and member of Hidden Women of the Sea. Within the gallery space of the former Town Market, a shore scene was created with nets and sand and the remains of items salvaged from Holly Beach following Hurricane Rita’s passage.  “It was a replay of what we experienced at the beach, yet concentrated in a space with long commercial fishing nets wrapped around the edge of the floor. Sculptures representing five beings were compiled from parts washed up to shore and as far away as from islands within the Caribbean,” she recalled. The collaboration was called “The Tainos.”

In 2010 (the same year that the Town Market burned down), Whitehurst began working with two online Websites that connect visitors seeking cultural exchange with locals. Volunteers from around the globe would stay with her and help out with specific projects – examples: build a green house – help with Airbnb management at retreat, in exchange for a place to stay and food. In 2014, the collective was in need of help with construction of some exterior pavilions and a cob oven. Whitehurst offered to locate volunteers, negotiate the contract and supervise the work. Today, her work has encouraged others to tap into these resources, which along with much needed help – has created lasting and numerous friendships. Some who came and continue to come through these programs have even taken up residence in Louisiana and in Arnaudville. The circle ever widens thanks to Whitehurst’s ever inclusive and welcomed participation as a valued NUNU volunteer.

Events

All events at NUNU collective unless otherwise noted*.

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

Wednesdays – 6-7 p.m.Yoga, and on the last Wednesday of every month, Yoga en français. $13 per class or $50 for five classes.

Thursdays – Le Village Gaulois French immersion class returns in September.

Fridays– 10 a.m.-noonLes Coudre Points, needlework “en français.”

Saturdays – 8 a.m.-noonSunrise Saturdays in Sunset* farmers market.

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First Sunday – 1-3 p.m., July 2, Tom’s Fiddle & Bow*, JAMbalaya Acoustic Music Jam. Arnaudville.

Second Saturday – 10 a.m.-3 p.m., July 8, Louisiana Marketshops* in Henderson Sale and Farmers’ Market.Second Monday –

7:15 p.m., July 10, EcoCulture meeting. Work continues on in-house recycling and composting projects. 6:30 p.m., “Leave No Waste” potluck precedes meeting. Open event.Second Thursday

– 3-4 p.m.July 13Demitasse short story club.Third Sunday – 10:30 a.m.-noonJuly 16Conscious Living Circle1-3 p.m.Music Jam(folk, country, bluegrass, and Cajun music), at La Poste* in downtown Arnaudville; 3-4 p.m.Drum Circle.

Third Friday – 7 p.m.July 21Potluck social. Cost is contribution to table. Participants encouraged to practice “Leave No WasteTraditional Cajun music.Last Wednesday – 7-9 p.m.July 26, Festival of Words music and open mic at Chicory Coffee Shop* in Grand Coteau. Poetry, short story and music.

Last Saturday – 9:30-11:30 a.m., July 29, La Table Française, francophonie gathering; 2-3 p.m.La Table Creole, Parks Middle School*, off La 347 on Saint Louis Dr, Parks.

 

Last Sunday – La Table Jeunesse, youth francophonie gathering, ages 7-17, returns in September.

Corridor des Arts 

Sunrise Saturdays in Sunset offers fresh produce & artisan foods directly from local growers, farmers & backyard garden enthusiasts, 8 a.m.-noon. 832 Napoleon Avenue, Sunset.

T
om’s Fiddle and Bow hosts a monthly JAMbalaya Acoustic Music Jam, 1-3 p.m., Sunday, July 2. Bring along your instrument of choice and a favorite dish for contribution, for this event is all about sharing. 204 Fuselier St., Arnaudville. (Mark your calendar now for next month’s gathering on August 6.)
Bayou Teche Brewing, the house of LA 31 biers presents a special barbecue fundraiser 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday, July 8. Funds assist Harold Potier who recently lost his home and shop to fire. Fundraiser in conjunction with Miel Sauvage Brewery Release.

Tastings and music every Saturday from 3-6 p.m. 1106 Bushville Hwy., Arnaudville.
Join the fun: July 8, John Wilson and Zydeco House Rockers; July 15, The Rayo Brothers; July 22, Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours; July 29, Tommy Shreve & Pat Breaux.


La Poste
 gift emporium and explore-atorium hosts its monthly Music jam (folk, country, bluegrass, and Cajun music), 1-3 p.m.Sunday, July 16. 153 Fuselier St., Arnaudville. FB: La Poste.
Les Deux Mondes hosts a 4-7 p.m.Sunday, July 16, film screening of the documentary My Louisiana Love (2012) by Monique Verdin and Sharon Linezo Hong, with special guests in attendance. A short discussion on current environmental challenges in Louisiana and the role of citizens groups in the race against climate change will follow the screening.

Popcorn and homemade lemonade will be served.

Music, poetry and short story 7 p.m.July 26 at

Festival of Words open mic.
Bring along your own work, if you wish. At Chicory Coffee Shop in Grand Coteau.

Corridor des Arts is a partnership of shops and businesses (for profit and not-for-profit) that display and/or promote the arts: visual, performance and culinary. Corridor des Arts extends from Henderson through Cecilia, Arnaudville, Grand Coteau and Sunset. For more information visit: FB: Corridor des Arts

August events and facility operation

After some discussion, it is decided that August would be a good time for the collective to take a vacation.
Therefore, marketplace/gallery will be closed during August.

However, some programs will continue to meet:

Yoga, 1st-3rd Wednesdays.

Les Coudre Points, Fridays.

La Table Française, last Saturday.

Coming August newsletter provides more details.
All operations and all programing returns September.
 

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 that provides the collective with information on current programs and what YOU would like in future programs. 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 gra
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