Maybe it’s Virgo season, or the habit of feeling more productive as the weather gets a little cooler, but all the events this week center on productivity. Acadiana will be bustling this weekend with active, creative, educational and cultural events. However varied, each event reinforces community-building in some way, so you can make an impact, learn and/or network in whichever way you see fit. Try your hand at drawing, walk in the park with fellow dog lovers, tap into some new cultural districts – and more.
9/19: Cultural District Workshop: This Thursday at 5:30 p.m., Louisiana Cultural Districts Director Kelsea McCrary and Louisiana Tax Incentives Director Alison Saunders will hold court for a workshop at the Rosa Parks Transportation Center. The workshop will introduce three new Louisiana Cultural Districts: Freetown-Port Rico, the Oil Center and University Gateway. Topics of discussion will include community revitalization through programs, historic tax credits, state and local government collaboration and more. For more information on cultural districts, visit lafayettela.gov/pages/cultural-districts
9/19: Drawing Tips and Tricks with Britany Pelloquin: Spend Thursday afternoon sharpening your drawing skills in this beginner-friendly drawing techniques workshop at Basin Arts! Starting at noon, this two-hour session will help starting artists overcome blank page anxiety to focus on putting ideas to paper in an effective way. You’ll learn to embrace imperfections with step-by-step exercises that apply fundamental skills. Register here.
9/21: Free workshop – A Sense of Place and Loss: This Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The Acadiana Center for the Arts will conduct a workshop for artists and scientists. Founding Director of Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education Paddy Bowman and Louisiana State University artist and biologist Brandon Ballengée will discuss what artists and scientists can learn from each other, and how both communities can collaborate to have a broad impact. This workshop is free! No need to register.
9/21: Girard Park Pack Walk with Camp Bow Wow: Bring your pup and meet fellow dog lovers this Saturday for an hour-long walk in the park! Camp Bow Wow hosts this kid-friendly event from 9-10 a.m. at Girard Park. Attendees will meet under the pavilion between the playground and basketball courts. This is a great opportunity for you and your pet to socialize, will while getting in some light exercise and free training tips from Camp Bow Wow’s certified trainers.
9/21: Paperback Jam Sessions – September Edition: Alexander Books and Catin Collective will introduce their first-ever collaborative event this Saturday! The inaugural monthly music event kicks off with New Orleans acts Never Ever, Bruisey Peets and LeTrainiump. Vendors include Pop Culture Potter, Sarah Piper Prints and Ashley Berard. Food from Jammin’ Java will be available. Doors open at 7 p.m., and music starts at 8. Cover is $7.