The roots of a budding cultural renaissance are beginning to run deep in Arnaudville, yielding a sort of magical aura that has put the spotlight on the small predominately French-speaking town. The spotlight returned Friday, and in an announcement by the nonprofit Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation, Arnaudville has been named this year’s recipient of the Cultural Economy Hero award.
Arnaudville’s cultural renaissance is a relatively nascent development, but one with a momentum that shows no signs of slowing as a growing number of artists and musicians — a combination of out-of-town transplants and returning natives — are making a home in the small community situated just north of Lafayette.
There’s Tom’s Fiddle shop, known just as much for its porch-stomping jam sessions as it is for its instrument-lined walls; there’s Bayou Teche Breweries and its never-ending stream of newly invented brews (tasting is believing) and French-speaking tour guides; there’s the Nunu Arts and Culture Collective, an artistic HQ for the community featuring everything from art exhibitions to yoga to retreats to French language immersion classes; there’s the Little Big Cup and its unforgettable plate lunches that are cheap, classic and taste like home (if not better); and then, located next door to Little Big Cup, there’s the recently opened Bayou Warehouse offering deck-side dining and dancing with a bayou’s-eye view.
“Magic happens in Arnaudville,” says LCEF CEO Aimee Smallwood in a statement included with Friday’s press release. “It is place where multi-generational, multi-cultural creativity abounds, and authentic culture is the driving force for preservation and innovation.”
Arnaudville marks the second recipient of the Cultural Economy Hero award, which will be presented to the town during a Nov. 2 event in New Orleans.
In explaining Arnaudville’s selection, Friday’s release reads:
Arts and culture have become a catalyst for change in rural Arnaudville and citizens have been working to establish a French immersion center and cultural business incubator to revitalize their town. Arnaudville has welcomed French-speakers from all over the world and is now host to the New Orleans French Consulate’s annual French Week. At the center of this cultural movement ... is the mission to build on local culture and traditions, provide ‘global’ outreach and program development.
To post a comment, please log into your IND account. If you do not have an account, click the "register" button to create one. Facebook comments can be used as an alternative to creating an account at theIND.com.
OCT 31 The National Journal posts another story from its visit to NOLA, this one about the struggling Vietnamese shrimpers in the area. The publication has been looking at how the state is recovering from Katrina, nine years later.
OCT 31 The New York Times posts this look at Louisiana politics, and how national issues are forcing out the old-time local politicking. Of course they mention EWE, aptly described as an old-time politician known for "charming one half of the state and mortifying the other."
OCT 31 Here's an AP story on the ABC site about Louisiana's chicken little response to an international medical conference planned in NOLA this weekend. Organizers (who are actual physicians, as opposed to the hand-wringing state officials who issued the edicts) say the orders are "unfortunate" given that a main focus of the meeting was Ebola.
OCT 31 Given the things Bobby Jindal has said and done since he's been governor, it's a pretty safe bet he thinks we're a bunch of dummies. Apparently, he's sure President Obama is one, too. This story on Huff Post quotes Jindal as saying the president - a graduate of Harvard Law - should sue to get his money back. (What should a Brown biology grad who doesn't believe in evolution do?)
OCT 31 Us old folks are used to a two-party system, although most of us aren't sold on its success. But what if that system wasn't in place; what if politics reflected the true level of diversity among voters? That's what an LSU student is dreaming of in this editorial. He sees the two parties' control of our politics as limiting.
OCT 31 And you thought the Senate race was dirty. This post on the Forward Now blog tells the story of a Shreveport mayoral campaign worker who was paid to "infiltrate" and "sabotage" an opponent's campaign. Karma's a beeotch, though, because turns out the guy really liked the "enemy," and now he's supporting her. For real.
OCT 30 The National Journal offers this analysis of Bobby Jindal's willingness to stump in any Senate campaign that's not in Louisiana. Why is that? The Journal asks some GOPers and finds that the answer is one we already know: he's so unpopular here, because he's been so busy running for President, that his support might be "toxic."
OCT 30 Blogger Tom Aswell is still all over the OGB mess - and all by himself, apparently. In this post, he's revealing orders from the Jindal administration to destroy records from the state employee health insurance plan. Those orders (he's heard) have angered the Secretary of State and caused an administration lawyer to quit her job. Wow!
OCT 30 A NOLA lady has alleged she was drugged and raped at a Bywater club that had a clothing-optional policy until recently, and she's now become the victim of a smear campaign, columnist Jarvis DeBerry writes in this post. She chose to reveal her story and her name, and she's being punished for that now, he says.
Read the Flipping Paper!
Click Here for the Entire Print Version of IND Monthly