St. Landry

Sep 3, 2013 6:25 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Town of Arnaudville to receive 2013 Cultural Economy Hero Award

On Saturday, November 2, 2013, Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation (LCEF) will honor the Town of Arnaudville with the 2013 Cultural Economy Hero award. LCEF established an annual awards program in 2012 to recognize those who have had significant impact on the cultural economy of Louisiana. This year, the Foundation will recognize a Cultural Economy Hero and four Cultural Entrepreneurs that will be hand-picked by the event Committee for their achievements. The Cultural Entrepreneur awards are as follows: Cultural Economy Innovation Award, Cultural Impact Award, Entrepreneurial Spirit Award and Economic Impact Award.

All awards will be given at the Foundation's and Barrios, Kingsdorf and Casteix's fourth annual LA Fête Louisiane, a fundraising event that celebrates Louisiana culture. LA Fete will take place at 725 Magazine Street in the Warehouse District. In keeping with a Louisiana seafood theme, LCEF will transform this raw space into an elegant festival atmosphere called "La Perle." A Patron Reception featuring a champagne and oyster bar will begin at 7pm and the Main Event goes from 8 - 11 pm. The event is a cultural showcase of Louisiana talent, featuring live music, visual, performance and culinary arts, film and video.

CULTURAL ECONOMY HERO: Arnaudville rests on the border of St. Landry and St. Martin parishes, near the intersection of interstates 10 and 49, and just north of Lafayette-which is to say- in the belly of Acadiana. Arnaudville is one of the oldest towns in Louisiana and nearly four in ten people there speak Cajun French at home. Since 2005, attracted by its quaint setting and unique culture, the town has become a haven for artists and musicians from around the world. On the musical front, the Cajun fiddle is associated with Arnaudville. It's not unusual to hear four-string masters sawing away in spontaneous jam sessions. Arnaudville also supports a thriving arts community, centered in the old part of town. Art and culture have become a catalyst for change in rural Arnaudville and citizens have been working to establish a French immersion center and cultural business incubator to revitalize their town. Arnaudville has welcomed French-speakers from all over the world and is now host to the New Orleans French Consulate's annual French Week. At the center of this cultural movement in Arnaudville, is the mission to build on local culture and traditions, provide ‘global' outreach and program development. Arnaudville has received national recognition for their efforts to preserve authentic Louisiana culture while boosting the economy of their town. "Magic happens in Arnaudville," relates LCEF CEO Aimee Smallwood. "..It is a place where multi-generational, multi-cultural creativity abounds, and authentic culture is the driving force for preservation and innovation."

Arnauldville City Government, Civic and Cultural Associations, Local Businesses and Artists:
Town Government: Mayor Kathy Richard, Parish Government: Bill Fontenot, Guy Cormier & Cheryl Castille, Support Staff: Jacqui Cochran & Tammy Marks, Fund Development and Tech support: Jill Hackney, Tourism: Dona Degatur Richard & Celeste Gomez, Le Coudre Pointes Collective: Loretta Bourque, Festif: Karla King, Epicureaux: Rita Marks, Arnaudville Potluck: Byron Boudreaux, Deux Bayous Gallery: Karen Willingham, Cadre': Larry Bourque, Artists as One Voice: Al Guilliot, Music of Acadiana: Clent Marks, Jacques, Arnaud French Studies Collective: Mavis Fruge, Semaine Francaise: George Marks, Teche Press: Brenda Mounier & Amanda LaFleur, Cinema Francais: Darrell Bourque, Corridor des Arts: Jennifer Casanova & Charles James, Festival of Words: Patrice Melnick, Village des Artistes et Eco-Site: Kathleen Whitehurst, Tom's Fiddle and Bow: Tom Pierce, Russell's Food Center: Melanie Robin Oliver, Little Big Cup: Kevin Robin & Sanjay Marahaj, Volunteers: Betty Roy, Sue & Terri Laviolette, Erilda & George Arnaud, Girley & Boy Olivier, Nellie & Laurence, Tammy & Elridge Marks, William Lewis, Debbie LaGrange, Pem Broussard.

LA Fête is LCEF's annual fundraising event that celebrates Louisiana's diverse cultural industries and the people who keep our culture alive - chefs, musicians, filmmakers, craft artists, visual artists, preservationists and other cultural producers who give Louisiana its unique identity. Event sponsors include C'est Magnifique Title Sponsor: Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, Vieux Amis Corporate Sponsor: Chevron and Lagniappe Corporate Friend: Jones Walker. The 2013 committee members are Marvin Andrade, Christie Andras-Royster, Ashley Aubrey, Millie Baudier, Sayde Finkel, Matt Gallimore, Sean Jeffries, Chris Johnson, Leo Marsh, Sherri McConnell, Kristin McLaren, Rod Miller, Big Chief Brian Nelson, Norma Jane Sabiston, Laura Tennyson, Ardyn Thriffley, Rob Wollfarth and Zachary Wool.

2012 Award Winners
Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu was honored with a one-time Lifetime Cultural Economy Leadership Award at Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation's LA Fête Louisiane 2012. Jennifer Eplett Reilly was honored with the 2012 Cultural Economy Hero Award. Other honorees were four Economic Opportunity Fund grantees that proved outstanding achievement as a result of their funded opportunity. 2012 Cultural Innovation Award winner: Sarah Dunn,Visual Arts/Mixed Media, Orleans Parish; 2012 Economic Impact Award winner: Chef Reese Williams, Culinary Arts, ;East Feliciana Parish; 2012 Cultural Impact Award winner: Cherice Harrison-Nelson, Traditional Culture Bearer/Mardi Gras Indian, Orleans Parish; 2012 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award winner: Shreveport Regional Arts Council, Multi-Disciplinary Non-Profit Organization, Caddo Parish.

For ticket or sponsorship information please contact, Dorian Rush, 504-895-2800.

About Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation
Established as a 501 (c)3 organization in 2005, LCEF promotes a healthy, vibrant culture in Louisiana by supporting its cultural economy workers and their ability to earn a respectable living and maintain a good quality of life. Its two major programs provide access to capital and to healthcare to keep Louisiana's cultural heritage strong. Its outreach includes those working in music, film, culinary arts, performing arts, visual arts and crafts, design, literary arts, historic preservation and others who contribute to Louisiana's unique culture. Its first two years of service were dedicated to disaster relief and recovery of the cultural economy workforce. LCEF is supported by the following donors: AT&T, Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, Capital One, Chevron, Entergy, Foundation for Louisiana, GNOF IMPACT 2012 Program, JP Morgan Chase, Keller Family Foundation, Louisiana Division of the Arts (Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Louisiana State Arts Council, and the Louisiana Division of Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism), Louisiana Public Health Institute (Tobacco Free Living), and New Orleans City Council/Harrah's New Orleans Casino Community Support Grants, Shell and Zachary Wool.

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