Eyes Of The Sun

Eyes Of The Sun

Eyes Of The Sun

Project Description

Team”Eyes of The Sun” was funded $3,000 during the 24 Hour Citizen Project in 2018 to create two public murals.

 Eyes of the Sun mural project consists of installation of murals of the poem, “Eyes of the Sun”, written by incarcerated youth in the Lafayette Parish Detention Home.  Local visual artist Justin Robinson will lead in designing/installing the mural to celebrate the juvenile students proving that when we focusing on our education and being positive we can and will be successful. The Eyes of the Sun poem will be written out and signed “Written & Directed by LPDH Incarcerated Youth. The mural would serve as proof to youth in our community, that when you focus on your education and being positive you can and will be successful. Giving credit to the youth that authored the poem while incarcerated shows youth in your community that that if the students that wrote Eyes of the Sun can be successful, so can they. In 2015, I worked with youth incarcerated in the Lafayette Parish Juvenile Detention Home to create spoken word poem, Eyes of the Sun. The poem is written and directed by youth in the facility. Our goal for the project was to prove that when we focus on our education and being positive, we can and will be successful. Majority of the students were from groups in Lafayette neighborhoods that often do not get along. Lafayette youth have faced a number of traumatic incidents including an increase in gun related violence, bullying, as well as the stressful climate caused by numerous school shootings. Our youth are in need of support, reassurance that they are not alone and exposure to healthy forms of self-expression.

The mural would expose Lafayette youth to creative expression authored by students incarcerated in the local juvenile home. It would serve as proof that Lafayette Incarcerated youth were able to unite despite their differences to work together and that the perception of Lafayette incarcerated youth should not always be one of hopelessness and lost causes, but one where everyone can have a chance if given an opportunity. The Lafayette Parish Juvenile Detention Home student’s testimony through poetry would be shared with the Lafayette community and all others that visit.

Project Details

Team Leader Alex Johnson
Funded Date August 11, 2018
Location: Lafayette, LA

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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...

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Tell Me More

Tell Me More

Tell Me More

Project Description

Team”Tell Me More” was funded $4,000 during the 24 Hour Citizen Project in 2118. The Tell Me More Project is an opportunity for law enforcement officers and at risk students to partner with local performance artist facilitators (theatre, music, dance (movement), writers, poets) to engage in productive dialogue about their lived experiences with youth-police relations, cultural conflict, and personal/professional struggles, and forge mutual understanding through the creation of an original performance piece.  The project also provides an opportunity for a public forum at the culmination of the project as the community will be invited to watch and respond to the themes addressed in the performance piece.

Project Details

Team Leader Elsa Dimitriadis
Funded Date August 11, 2018
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Krewe de Canailles

Krewe de Canailles

Krewe De Canailles

Project Description

Team”Krewe des Canailles ” was funded $5,000 during the 24 Hour Citizen Project in 2017 to create a yearly Mardi Gras walking parade that is open to the public. The parade is completely man-powered, focusing on the creativity of each of the krewe’s members. Project creator, Rodney Hess, says “We want to Make Mardi Gras Great Again.”

We want to Make Mardi Gras Great Again. We’re a group of Carnival Crusaders leading the revolution against the out-of-touch ruling class. It’s time to overthrow the kings and queens of old and put Mardi Gras back into the hands of the people. Krewe des Canailles is a walking parade composed of individual krewes. Any group of people can pull together to create a krewe. The only rules are your floats have to be man-powered and your throws handmade and eco-friendly. No plastic beads at this parade.

We want to move away from the tired, poorly-constructed Spiderman floats and create a real community of creative Carnival-lovers.

Project Details

Team Leader Rodney Hess
Funded Date July 29, 2017
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Krewe De Canailles Final Update

Dear Community, Well, we did it. Mission accomplished. The first Krewe de Canailles parade went off (mostly) without a hitch! It was a great time for both the krewes and the crowds. We received a ton of positive feedback including from downtown businesses, one of...

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Krewe De Canailles Update #2

Dear Community, Mardi Gras is almost upon us, which means Krewe de Canailles is about to pop off. We've made a ton of new headway since the last update. We still haven't received our 501(c)7 status approval so we've reach out to TRAIL to act as our fiscal agents....

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Krewe De Canailles Update #1

Dear Community, We’re completely on track to occupy the space left from the cancellation of kickoff parade this past year. Krewe de Canailles will now serve as THE Mardi Gras kickoff parade in Lafayette – and we’re bringing it back to downtown! The very talented Burt...

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The Art Wall

The Art Wall

The Art Wall

Project Description

The Art Wall project stole the hearts of many who attended the 24 Hour Citizen Project in 2016, when Project Leader, Asher Corbell (a 16 year old from Shreveport, LA) was funded $1,000 to pursue his vision for the arts. What Asher really wanted was a designated wall where graffiti artists could perform their art legally. Since that time, the concept has grown into a wall where artists can pursue grafitti, street art, urban art and muralism. Asher paired up with local artist, Susan David, who feels Asher’s love for the arts needs to be cultivated. The duo hopes to mimic what other cities have done to promote public art participation.

Project Purpose: The Art Wall is a wall designated to artists from the community to pursue graffiti, street art, urban art, and muralism. The idea is to give young and/or aspiring artists a place to come express themselves outdoors in a unique, fun, and legal way.

Project Rationale:   The project stemmed from several successful examples of “Graffiti Walls” around the country that have been installed in an effort to convert  tagging and vandalism (see section titled “Paint Wall Examples”) into graffiti that is contained and manageable through a designated space, rules, and borders.

Proposed Location: The ideal location is a flat wall (i.e., side of building) that is visible to the public and well lit. Locations are dependent on appropriate permissions from building owners  (for private property) and local government agencies (for government owned properties). The idea is to create a vibrant area using artistic paint colors that was once a blighted wall/area.

Proposed Name:  The original name of the project was called the “Graffiti Wall.” After careful consideration and further research, the project team decided that the name should be more inclusive to other artists and painting styles. The new proposed name is “The Art Wall” followed by the wall location (i.e., The Art Wall @ 2nd Street). The name is clarifies the purpose of the site and provides a location.

Paint Wall Examples: Many cities have already implemented these types of campaigns to promote public art and participation. The Art Wall Project in Lafayette is replicated from many successful examples from over the years. The most notable are mentioned below:

  • http://globalstreetart.com – Organized over 1,250 legal street art murals in London since 2012.
  • https://legal-walls.net – An aggregator for street art, providing 1,478 legal locations for artists to work.
  • http://hopecampaign.org/hopeprojects/hope-outdoor-gallery/- A community paint park located in downtown Austin, TX. It is the only paint park of its kind in the USA. It was developed to provide muralists, street artists, arts education classes and community groups the opportunity to display large scale art pieces driven by inspirational, positive & educational messaging.

Access to Art Wall: The artist must be granted permission to use the space via an Art Wall Card, which is obtained following completion of an online form. The Art Wall Card is picked up at participating local businesses (i.e., Levee Skatespace (Logan Clothier), Rukus Skateshop (Dan Russel) Freetown Studios (Susan David)).The online form will contain the following:

  • Name
  • Contact phone number
  • Contact email address
  • Dates of wall’s use
  • Brief description of design (if available)
  • Size of the spot
  • Photo or access to Facebook profile
  • Agree to the Art Wall Terms and Conditions

Rules and Restrictions: The artist will agree to abide by the rules and restrictions of using the wall. The following rules will be communicated to the artists before use, and will also be displayed near the wall for easy viewing:

  • Keep it clean – Keep the wall and surrounding areas clean. Leave no waste behind including cans or other refuse.
  • Only apply paint to your designated area. Never apply paint on the ground or on other objects surrounding the wall.
  • Keep your colors beautiful – No insulting remarks or anything offensive expressed in your art. No violence. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Always buff your intended area. No buffing = no painting!
  • Obey the art – Respect the other artist! Keep the murals above clean. Graffiti codex applies.
  • You work may get buffed over… That’s ok. It may be time to start a new piece!
  • Work starts at daylight, and ends at 10PM. No Exceptions!

Project Details

Team Leader Asher Corbell
Funded Date July 23, 2016
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Art Wall Update #4

Dear Community, We’re assuming you’ve read about our background and getting The Art Wall Project off the ground. We’re also assuming you’ve read our February 2018 update. We feel like were a solid 92% done and will complete by August 31, 2018. I promise to encourage...

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Art Wall Update #3

Dear Community, We've found ourselves a little backed up given the weather situation over the last couple of months. Who would have thought we’d experience rain for the basically all of December? Follow that up with two hard freezes, a cracked pipe, and...

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Art Wall Update #2

Dear Community, A little background… My name is Susan, I’m the Executive Director of Freetown Studios (www.freetownstudios.org). I am also the Curator/Project Manager for The Art Wall Project (previously known as the Grafitti Wall). In 2016, I was...

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Art Wall Update #1

We’re excited to announce that the “Graffiti Wall Project” has a home, a new name (The Art Wall), and a call to action for all willing artists wanting to pursue their art. If you live in the Lafayette area, and interested in designating a space for your...

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