Newly established arts council hopes to grow Evangeline Parish art community

Posted at 5:42 PM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 19:20:22-04

A newly formed arts council in Evangeline Parish is aiming to attract and grow the arts in the area. "Sometimes through art you can express yourself better than what words can say," Brecky Lavigne said.

Lavigne is the president of the Arts Council and she wants to share how art can be a healthy activity. With weekly classes, programs and events, she says art helped her through some of her most difficult times. "I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and in that time when I was feeling real bad I discovered the art of mosiac," Lavigne said. "I found that art was like a healing for me."

Lavigne fell in love with mosiac using different materials like wood, glass, and tiles to create art. She says it helped her through her diagnosis and can help heal the community as well."I think it can heal the community by people working together," Lavigne said.The council will host it's first street dance bringing music, food and art to the city's downtown area. "There is a story to be told about this community and I believe through art we can tell, not just the bad that happens here, but there's so much good," Lavigne said.

The council's first street dance will be held this Saturday 5:00 p.m. in Ville Platte between Magnolia and Main Streets.The free event will have performances from Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. Click here for more details.