What does New Orleans have in common with Paris? Aside from language, food, and genealogy, the New World French city is now joining the Old World culture capital in transforming utilitarian public structures into art. The latest form and function fusion taking place along Canal Street is the erection of adorned streetcar shelters. Think Paris’s Beaux Arts metro entrances. Then think again. The Canal Street shelters are canvases for 14 contemporary Louisiana artists, including Lafayette’s Shawne Major, whose work was chosen from 127 submissions. Major’s streetcar shelter is titled Sub Rosa Subduction, click here to see the original work. The first one, Floral Lake Lanterns by New Orleans artist Morgana King is already up, near the Aquarium of the Americas. The city will put them up one by one, until they are all in place by November 1, in conjunction with the Crescent City's Prospect.1 international art exhibition.
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.