The 2017 Semaine de la Francophonie is a week-long Creative Placemaking summit that works to build partnerships between Louisiana French & Louisiana Creole culture and the Francophone world.

It does this by bringing together internationally-respected scholars, artists, scientists, cultural citizens and organizations for the purpose of creative thinking and problem solving. Semaine provides the environment for the presentation of ongoing and developing projects and a platform for exchanges and connections which stimulate discussions of new, unique project ideas and partnerships. Each day celebrates a specific area of development.

Morning presentations are followed by roundtable discussions moderated by presenters. Summit participants join various presenters and sharing ideas. Together they identify potential partners and they create action steps.

Areas of development to be discussed this year are:

  • Monday – Tourism Day “Sustaining Authenticity in Tourism”
  • Tuesday – Saint Luc French Immersion Campus Day”
  • Thursday – Economic Development
  • Friday – Environmental Sustainability

“In Creative Placemaking, partners from public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a neighborhood, town, tribe, city, or region around arts and cultural activities.” – NEA’s Mayors’ Institute on City Design, Ann Markusen and Anne Gadwa Nicodemus.

The NUNU Collective is a non-profit that works to encourage the development of artistic talents, skills, knowledge and business savvy by connecting artists with other artists, businesses, organizations and programs. It serves as a clearing house for information and as a promoter of products. In addition, it acts as an incubator providing affordable space for meetings, workshops, lectures and/or special events.