Local media will get an opportunity to meet homegrown talent following a panel discussion this evening at the Acadiana Center for the Arts.

Dubbed a “media petting zoo” by organizer and Lafayette arts facilitator Jackie Lyle, the event will “let emerging artists, writers, stagecrafters, musicians and others” meet local reporters and editors and, hopefully, lead to more exposure for the local creative community.

That portion of the event begins at about 6:15 following a panel discussion featuring musician Dickie Landry, sculptor Russell Whiting, dancer/choreagrapher Millicent Johnnie and painter Tony Bertrand. The group will, according to Lyle, “tell their stories, providing insight into the kind of determination it takes to make their markets. Each of these artists has been nearly as creative in finding, or even creating, markets for their work as they have in creating the work itself.”

The panel discussion begins at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Artists in all disciplines in Acadiana are invited to attend.

For more, check out the event’s Facebook page here.

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