We were so thrilled for everyone’s support for this impactful project. Elsa has secured the Acadiana Center for the Arts auditorium for the Tell Me More performance on April 3, 2019. We look forward to developing and presenting a unique piece of art to the community on that day.
A key component of Tell Me More is the regular conversations between youth and law enforcement facilitated by trained artists. Elsa has recruited some artists and we are finalizing a list of facilitators. We are also finishing up plans to recruit officers and youth. Officers will be recruited from Lafayette Police Department, and youth will be recruited from Northside High School.
One deviation from our timeline is a shortening of the number of dialogue sessions. Originally, we envisioned 26 weekly sessions over a 6 month time period. This will be shortened significantly to 10 sessions beginning in early 2019. The final stages of planning have taken longer than originally anticipated. We remain confident that we can build rapport between participants and create an artistic event in the revised timeline.
Tell Me More welcomes community participation. In anyone is interested in volunteering to assist in this project, please contact us.
Holly Howat and Elsa Dimitriadis
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.
Alex ‘Poetic Soul’ Johnson
(Eyes of the Sun Team)
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