During his inaugural address in March, Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux unveiled CREATE, a new initiative to capitalize on the region's rich culture to further diversify and strengthen the local economy. An acronym for Culture, Recreation, Entertainment, Arts, Tourism, Economy, CREATE will be a parish-wide, interagency, multi-year project to expand and grow our cultural economy.
Robideaux said the initiative will include the rebranding of Lafayette as a cultural destination. "By focusing on one of our greatest and most innate qualities, our culture, CREATE can enhance how our creative assets work for us as a strong economic driver. The initiative will also be important to retaining and attracting workforce and business to the region."
In the first round of community interviews, Robideaux invites citizen input to help shape the initiative by sharing ideas about what culture means to them. "It is my intent that CREATE will be an inclusive process and will incorporate thoughts from across many spectrums as we identify the next steps in rebranding our community."
The first opportunity for citizen feedback will be during ArtWalk this Saturday, June 10 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Parc de Lafayette. Attendees are asked to share their thoughts on what they would like to see included in the CREATE initiative. Participants can also take part in a hands-on activity by designing a postcard for visitors which captures the cultural essence of the community. Musical entertainment will be provided by Lynn August. Parc De Lafayette is located at 539 Jefferson St., next to the Wurst Biergarten.
People can also provide their input and design a post card at an open house-style event on Thursday, June 15 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, located at 101 W. Vermilion St.
For more information on the CREATE community interviews, please visit https://www.facebook.com/createlft/.