Eyes of the Sun Update #1

Eyes of the Sun Update #1

Dear Community,

The closer we get to the first round of the Eyes of the Sun mural workshops, the more excited the Eyes of the Sun team gets. The build up to meeting with our community to help celebrate Lafayette Parish Juvenile Detention Incarcerated Youth’s accomplishment is driving our team crazy!

We have been meeting 1-2xs monthly planning our workshops and preparing our marketing materials. We have connected with Blaine Peltier – Meche’s Donut King and Royal Hill – LCG Parks & Recreation Director to solidify dates for mural workshops. We decided that Saturdays 1pm-3pm would be the most efficient times for our community members to attend Eyes of the Sun Workshops.

Our Facebook page, Eyes of the Mural Project, has been updated with workshop dates and times. We will be purchasing workshop supplies after Thanksgiving. Our first workshop is scheduled for December 2nd at Meches on Willow St. Alex will also workshop with youth currently incarcerated in Lafayette Parish Juvenile Detention Home to incorporate their vision of the Eyes of the Sun Mural.

We are excited to create with our community and prove to our youth, that when we focus on our education and being positive, we can and will be successful.

Blessings,
Alex ‘Poetic Soul’ Johnson
(Eyes of the Sun Team)

Longest Table Update #1

Longest Table Update #1

Dear Community,

Team Longest table hit the ground running after being awarded our funding at the 24-hour Citizen Project. We’ve been meeting weekly to develop our plan of work for 2019. We’re excited to share our timeline with you!

October 29-November 19: Applications to host a Catalyst Dinner are open! Community members that are interested in hosting or co-hosting a dinner can fill out this short application by November 19, 2018.
November 26: Hosts and co-hosts are notified
January-February 2019: Conversation Starters will equip hosts with the necessary tools and resources to navigate difficult conversations through a short training and simulation process.
March 10-16, 2019: Hosts from many facets of the community will host 25 Catalyst Dinners with ten to twelve guests each and engage in meaningful dialogue aimed at helping people overcome the challenge of having their first cross-racial conversation.
March 24: All of the participants from the dinners will gather along The Longest Table to share a meal and engage in meaningful dialogue, sharing their perspectives, meeting new friends, and listening to others’ lived experiences.

We are very excited about the upcoming year, and it will take all of us to “move people along the continuum from uninformed to informed, from informed to concerned, and from concerned to active.” From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for your continued interest and support.

-Ashley Mudd and Skyra Rideaux
Team Longest Table

BARE Walls Update #1

BARE Walls Update #1

Dear Community,

As of November 1st, The BARE Walls program has officially LAUNCHED! Our website is now live, and we are pushing to get as many artists and businesses involved as possible. We already have over 20 artists as part of our roster and pushing for many more to apply. As for the businesses, we will be presenting our portfolio of artwork to the 3 commitments and put the artwork on their BARE walls within the next few weeks. Our launch coincided with the Innovation Conference which was held at the Opportunity Machine within the LITE Center. The BARE Walls team installed 13 pieces of artwork throughout the facility which was very well received by both those working and visiting the space.

Basin Arts Director, Clare Cook, participated in several panel discussions about the CREATE Initiative representing BARE Walls and Basin Arts and we are receiving very positive feedback about the program’s ability to support artists financially and also fill a need in the business community. And to top off the week, we had our first artwork to SELL in the program shortly after the launch! Our next steps include continuing to increase our artist roster and to begin to meet with potential businesses about signing up for the program. We are aiming to have our first set of businesses up and running by January.

Sincerely, Dirk Guidry BARE Walls Program Manager

MIBRARY Final Update

MIBRARY Final Update

Dear Community,

We did it! Lafayette Community M.I.Brary launched on Monday, July 2, 2018. 19 musical instruments are housed at the Clifton Chenier Center branch of the Lafayette Public Library. Within days of the launch, nearly all instruments were checked out!

We are already looking at adding more instruments to the collection, and we’ve managed to collect more donations since launch, including a keyboard, a guitar amp, a mandolin, and money. 

Words can’t express how thankful I am for 24 Hour Citizen Project. Without the event, I may never have come up with this idea. Now, I’m hoping that together with the Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Public Library, we’ll produce future Grammy winners!

#musicforeveryone,

Dr. Ryan Cazares

Bus Stop Update #4

Bus Stop Update #4

Dear Community,

Great news! We have found an existing vendor who can make some minor modifications to provide a shelter on a single pole stop! We are working with this vendor on developing the prototype and pricing for this as a solution for some of our missing bus shelters. We have tried so many avenues to get this project just right for our community and we feel the best about this effort by far. We look forward to celebrating the installation of the first one with all of you!

Thank you,

Kate Durio (Team Leader)