The 2017 Semaine Française d’Arnaudville is a seven-day cultural economy summit that takes place April 17-21. This rural summit, developed with the assistance of the French Consulate in New Orleans, targets further local job creation through partnerships and exchanges founded in cultural exploration and use of the arts. This year’s event highlights environmental sustainability and ways to incorporate the arts into partnerships that promote and further those goals.
Semaine Française d’Arnaudville was begun in 2013 with the approval of the French Consulate in New Orleans, as a partnership event between NUNU Arts and Culture Collective and Les Articulteurs of Bretagne, France. A five-day rural Creative Placemaking summit resulted that successfully attracted approximately 450 unique and first-time visitors, including: 23 high school students from Lycée Beaumont in Redon, France; 23 high school students from Lycée Français de New York, New York; five representatives of the French government (consulate, attaché, etc.); and 92 educators, professionals and musicians.
Direct results of the 2013 summit were the collaboration on a new brew between Bayou Teche Brewing, Arnaudville, and La Bombal Brewing of Redon, France in the Brittany region, and invitation for participation of Louisiana musicians and artists at the 2013 La Bogue d’Or, Redon, France. In addition, representation at La Bogue d’Or, a 38-year festival celebrating Breton identity and attracting 50,000 attendees, resulted in an invitation for Louisiana participation in the 2014 La Gacilly International Photo Exhibition.
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.
NUNU Arts and Culture Collective ask that you attach your logo to our listing of sponsors and by doing so assist in the furthering of Louisiana’s “new economic strategy.” (John Davies, President and CEO Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Daily World, April 23, 2013.)