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First ever St. Landry Parish Student Arts and S.T.E.A.M Festival

Posted at 5:28 PM, Mar 03, 2023
and last updated 2023-03-07 14:28:53-05

Acadiana Center for the Arts announces its latest expansion of programming with an all-new St. Landry Parish Student Arts and S.T.E.A.M festival.

The festival took place on Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., at the Courthouse Square in Downtown Opelousas.

The free festival is a celebration of student-artists in all artistic disciplines from every corner of St. Landry Parish.

The event features outdoor performances from school bands, choirs, and performance classes, art exhibitions in businesses and outdoors, hands-on art activities for families, and a student artist market where you can purchase original artwork and crafts directly from the artist.

A live spoken word competition Poetry Out Loud will take place at the Delta Grand Theatre, featuring a juried panel and competing student poets from across the state. The winner of the competition will go on to participate in the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington, DC in May.

Opelousas Police Chief, Graig LeBlanc, tells KATC, "As the violent crime goes down in Opelousas, I think more people will be comfortable to come out of their homes, to experience these type of events and to enjoy the community atmosphere that is going on
here today."