Semaine de la Francophonie
April 20 - April 25
Learn more about how you can improve your community and encourage the use of the French language at Semaine de la Francophonie Creative Placemaking Summit. Formerly known as La Semaine Francaise or French Week, this traveling summit takes place in Arnaudville and other communities in the Acadiana region with a series of mini-conferences. Presentations include a range of subjects including tourism, environmental sustainability, economic and social development, government, education, and folklife traditions. The summit brings together the expertise of respected scholars, artists, scientists, cultural citizens, and organizations, and each day takes place in a different community. 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. Semaine de la Francophonie also includes an educational component geared toward high school students.
Last year’s keynote speakers included Ann Markusen, Director of the Arts Economy Initiative; Malcolm White, Executive Director of the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC); Carol Bebelle, co-founder and executive director of Ashe’ Cultural Arts Center (Ashé CAC); Maria Rosario Jackson, senior advisor to the Arts & Culture Program at The Kresge Foundation; Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, Principal & CEO of Metris Arts Consulting. Stay tuned for more information about the 2019 speakers.