Students in Comeaux High’s Academy of Visual and Applied Arts plan to burn the artist Pablo Picasso in effigy Friday at the school, according to a brief account in The Advertiser.
The academy’s director, Bryan Lafaye, tells the daily, “We will be celebrating the life of a very creative human being, that being Mr. Picasso, in a performance art sort of way. We accept his challenge to continue the fluidity of change, of creative ‘ready-mades’ and the theater of the absurd.”
We’re not precisely sure what that means, but kudos to the administration at Comeaux for letting this exercise in flammable creativity take place, assuming the administration is aware of the stunt and hasn’t put the kibosh on it already.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.