Enhancing The Delta Region

The Delta Regional Authority and Creative Placemaking are working together to grow communities through art and culture

Creative Placemaking is the idea of strengthening and growing communities by bringing together artists, organizations, and community leaders to integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work.

The Delta Regional Authority, an organization that works to improve regional economic opportunity, is hosting a Creative Placemaking Initiative Workshop at NUNU Arts and Culture Collective in Arnaudville, Louisiana, on July 17 and 18 as part of their efforts to stimulate growth in the eight state Delta region.

According to NUNU’s director, George Marks, projects at the collective can only succeed when many outside parties are willing to cooperate to achieve the desired results.  

“As a not for profit initiative, we work with civil society, government and businesses to solve a problem,” says Marks. “Because of that, everyone needs to be nice and understand that NUNU is neutral ground where economic values represent cultural, social and environmental concerns, on both the local and global levels, basically it’s capitalism with a conscience.”

Marks cites the Creative Placemaking efforts in Arnaudville as the reason for the significant growth and change that have happened in the area over the past several years.

“It has prompted revitalization in the community, slowed down and nearly stopped the population exodus and various projects have connected multi-communities and governmental groups,” says Marks. “It has improved the sense of community, primarily in French speaking groups, and led to a continual increase of cultural activities, product development and new businesses.”


The collective hosts various events, including yoga classes, film screenings, French language groups and community potlucks, to name a few.

The impact being made by the collective is apparent to those outside of Arnaudville and is one of the many reasons it was chosen as the site for the Creative Placemaking regional workshop.

“Arnaudville has a distinctive arts and cultural background and highlights how effective public-private partnerships are to economic growth, job creation and tourist attraction,” says DRA Chairman Chris Masingill. “The area has capitalized on its Cajun, French, German, Spanish and Native Americana heritage to draw attention to the city and region, and we want to support their efforts to help continue their momentum.”

Session topics throughout the two days will range from brainstorming and planning sessions, to resources for local artists, to Q & A’s with seasoned Creative Placemakers.  

Participants who come in with ideas will have the opportunity to capitalize up to $30,000 in seed investments and 50 hours in targeted technical assistance provided by the DRA to encourage

Marks sees the workshops as an opportunity for residents to capitalize on free resources to help push their communities forward.

“There are many small communities and parts of larger cities that have been forgotten or are experiencing a downward turn because of challenges like lack of leadership, funding, community will, loss of identity, pride and population,” says Marks. “This is a beautiful form of outreach for these communities.”


To Marks, bringing in outside groups is just one way Arnaudville and the surrounding communities will continue pushing forward.

“I believe the Creative Placemaking concept, has become part of Arnaudville and neighboring communities, and that it will allow the town to continue moving towards becoming a more authentic, creative place,” says Marks. “Once you add in groups that understand the concept to the equation, then progress becomes unstoppable.” 


To register for the workshops visit the DRA website or for more information about NUNU Collective, visit www.nunucollective.org or call 337-453-3307.


Upcoming Events

The Acadiana Repertory Theatre will present the developmental production of Kat Ramsburg’s Wendy Unwritten, the second show of their 2017 season. 
Wendy Darling gave her heart away many, many years ago. Now, recently widowed with her three grown kids, she’s ready to live the life she believes she was meant to live. But with only the directions, “second star to the right, and straight on till morning,” will she ever find herself again? This moving play was specifically commissioned by Acadiana Rep from the playwright of last season’s production of Anatomy Of A Hug.

Wendy Unwritten will take place at Cite Des Arts(109 Vine St.).

Performances are July 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd at 7:30pm and on July 16th at 2:00pm Tickets are $15. Students and Senior tickets are $12.00 with valid I.D.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting acadianarep.org or citedesarts.org, by calling 337-291-1122 or they can be purchased at the box office, starting an hour before the performance.


Help Festival International celebrate our Francophone heritage with a Bastille Day Picnic! Bring the family and relax on the lawn of Warehouse 535 for an outdoor screening of animated film, Ratatouille. The first 25 people can enjoy an additional tasting of sparkling wine! Artisan cheeses courtesy of Champagne's Supermarket. 
Additional food, drinks, and popcorn will be available for purchase. Children 12 and under get in free. Doors open at 7:00 pm, screening starts at dusk. C'est la fête!
Guests 21 and over can enjoy a tasting of select French wines and specialty cheeses with a donation of $5 at the door. 
*While supplies last


Adapted from Harper Lee's timeless novel. To Kill A Mockingbird tells the story of Scout and Jem Finch, two children growing up during the Great Depression in the American South. When their father Atticus defends the falsely accused Tom Robinson, the Finch family learns much about prejudice, courage, and the redemptive nature of human compassion."
Audition Dates:
17 and under: Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
18+: Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Donations: United Way of Acadiana
Event Date: July 16th, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
Event Location: Cité des Arts 109 Vine St, Lafayette, LA 70501
The Lauren-Reilly Eliot Company is proud to present the LRE Acting Class Showcase Summer 2017. The class, comprised of 12 students, will perform six scenes. Students of the class are hard at work, preparing their scenes for this benefit event. All proceeds will go to The United Way of Acadiana. 
Minimum $5 donation at the door. Cash or checks only for this event.
For questions concerning the event, contact www.LREtheatre.com or laurenreillyeliotcompany@gmail.com.



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