Semaine de la Francophonie (Francophonie Week)
Formerly known as
La Semaine Francaise or French Week , this creative placemaking summit is returning to Arnaudville with a series of mini-conferences with subjects such as tourism, environmental sustainability, economic and social development, government, education, and folklife traditions. The summit brings together the expertise of internationally respected scholars, artists, scientists, cultural citizens, and organizations. Attendees represent Louisiana and the Brittany region of France for the purpose of critical discourse on creativity imperatives and processes. Each day brings a new experience, and with each, a deeper understanding of purpose, benefits, and methods for job creation within a cultural economy. LSF also includes an educational component geared toward high school students. The last two days of the conference are reserved for a party, the 13th Annual Le Feu et L'Eau (Fire and Water) Rural Art Celebration, featuring a multitude of artists, performers, and cultural workers in a variety of disciplines and genres. Participate in cooking demos, and watch feature films. Hear live music, listen to poetry and shop local art vendors. It is a truly unique French Louisiana celebration.
Monday, April 17 - Tourism Day - "Sustaining Authenticity in Tourism" Presenters: St. Landry and St. Martin Parishes Tourist Commissions Moderators: Dona Richard, SMPTC Director, and Celeste Gomez, SLPTC Director Morning Panel: 9:30am-12pm Panelists: Kyle Edmiston, Assistant Secretary of Tourism, Louisiana Office of Tourism | Dori Janise, Coordinator of the Sunset Rubboards Public Art Project | Tee Don Landry, Owner, Key of Z Rubboards | Sr. Lucie Nordmann, Director of Institutional Advancement, Academy of the Sacred Heart | Sr. Barbara Moreau, Director of Tourism, Academy of the Sacred Heart | Dane Thibodeaux, Volunteer, T.E.C.H.E Project | Brandon Ballengee, Artist/Biologist, National Academy of Sciences, 2017 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow | Maureen Little, Owner/Executive Chef, Virtual Bistro Catering Lunch: 12pm-1pm Afternoon Roundtable: 1:30pm-3:30pm
Tuesday, April 18 - Saint Luc French Immersion Campus Day - "Visioning for Saint Luc French Immersion and Cultural Campus" Presenter: Louisiana Culture Economy Foundation Moderator: Aimee Smallwood, CEO Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Morning Panel: 9:30am-11am Panelists: Bill Fontenot, St. Landry Parish President | Robert and Joanie Hodes, Culture-Up incubator, owners of New TourLeans | Hali Dardar, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities PRIME TIME Program Assistant | Camille Lenain and Lilly Keber, filmmakers, "Apres Nous" | Jourdan, Subject of "Apres Nous" Film Screening: 11:15am-12pm Lunch: 12pm-1pm Afternoon Panel: 1pm-2pm with Universities Speak Afternoon Roundtable: 2pm-3:30pm Panelists: Visioning | Report on Visioning
Wednesday, April 19 - CODOFIL Day - "The Future of the Language Creole in Louisiana" Presenter: CODOFIL Moderator: Herbert Wiltz, retired educator, member of CREOLE, INC. Morning Panel: 10am-12pm "L'identité Créole" en français Panelists: Alton "Billy" Francis, Creole cowboy | Paul Cluse, retired educator, member of CREOLE, INC and CODOFIL | Dustin Fuqua, Cultural Resource Specialist, Cane River Creole National Historical Park | Aaron Flegeance, retired educator, STMP School Board member, Captain of La Table Creole | Nathan Wendt, Creole linguist, Tulane University | Raymond Vavasseur, Creole from Parks | Velma Johnson, St. Martin Parish Sheriff Department | Ms. Lewis, member CREOLE, INC Lunch: 12pm-1:15pm Afternoon Panel: 1:30pm-3:30pm "L'avenir du Créole" en français and English Panelists: Sandra Billeaudeau, retired educator, founding member of the Creole Heritage Center | Oliver Mayeux, Creole researcher/linguist, Cambridge University, UK (via Skype - TBD) | Charles Larroque, Executive director, CODOFIL | Nathan Wendt, Creole linguist, Tulane University | Tim Rosamond, Principal North Lewis Elementary, New Iberia | Aaron Flegeance, retired educator, STMP School Board member, Captain of La Table Creole | Herbert Wiltz, retired educator, member of CREOLE, INC Thursday, April 20 - Economic Development - "Drivers of Economic Development" Presenters: St. Martin and St. Landry Parishes Economic Development Districts Moderators: Beth Guidry, SMPED Director, and Bill Rodier, SLED Director Morning Panel: 10am-12pm Panelists: The Future's Fund - Beth Guidry | Tiny Houses - Beth Guidry | Creative Placemaking Taskforce/Initiative - Bill Rodier Lunch: 12pm-1pm Afternoon panel: 1pm-2pm featuring Bill Rodier, Creative Placemaking Concept Afternoon Round Table: 2pm-3:30pm featuring the Placemaking Task Force hosted by St. Landry Parish Economic Development discusses purpose, ongoing projects, barriers, and progress. Task Force was created in 2016 and is represented by business and governmental representation from Sunset, Grand Coteau, and Arnaudville. Friday, April 21 -Environmental Sustainability. - "Adapting to a Changing Climate" Presenter: Bayou Vermilion District Moderator: David Cheramie, CEO Bayou Vermilion District Geo-Tent: 10am Presentation: Climate Change Exhibit from Poitiers, France Panel: 10:20am-12pm Panelists: Emile Ancelet, Bayou Vermilion District Bayou Operations Specialist, La. Sept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Marine Biologist | Greg Guidroz, Bayou Vermilion District Recreation and Education Coordinator, Watershed Exhibit Manager, Naturalist | Catherine S. Comeaux, No Waste Louisiana | Brandon Ballengée, Artist, Biologist, National Academy of Sciences, 2017 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow | Lilli Voorhies, Native Plants Lunch: noon - 1:15pm Afternoon Roundtable: 1:30pm-3:30pm Presenters and Attendees: Recycling and Litter Solutions for Our Community | Poitier's Climate Change Exhibit Opening and Reception at 5:30pm | Philippe Gustin, Lafayette International Center Director Potluck social: 7pm - Opening of Le Feu et l'Eau Rural Arts Celebration
NUNU Arts & Culture Collective | Admission to the conference is $10 a day which includes breakfast and lunch
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