Musical Instrument Library

Musical Instrument Library

M.I.Brary: Musical Instrument Library

Project Description

Team”M.I.Brary” was funded $5,000 during the 24 Hour Citizen Project in 2017 to build a musical instrument library. According to project creator, Ryan Cazares, a”M.I.Brary” is a place where musicians or prospective musicians can check out various musical instruments, much like they can a book at a traditional library. This project speaks to the heart of musicians, and prospective musicians who want to try an instrument without the up front cost burden of purchasing it.

The MIBrary will help address a few problems with connecting musicians with instruments:

1.) Musicians will not be faced with the financial burden of renting or purchasing an instrument.
2.) Musicians who want to try an instrument will not have to commit to it should they end up not enjoying the chosen instrument.
3.) Recording artists who may want to sample a particular instrument will have easy access to several instruments while in the recording process.

It is our hope that providing musicians and prospective musicians with the ability to check out instruments will help sustain Lafayette’s musical culture and create musicians who may have never had access to musical instruments.

Project Details

Team Leader Ryan Cazares
Funded Date July 29, 2017
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Project 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...

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MIBRARY Update #3

Dear Community, The Lafayette Community M.I.Brary is set to launch on June 27, 2018 with a preview day at Clifton Chenier Center in Lafayette from 5-7PM. Check out the Facebook event here. Lafayette will soon thereafter be able to check instruments out...

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MIBRARY Update #2

Dear Community, Since our last update, Team MIBrary has made tremendous progress. We have an official location: the Downtown Lafayette Public Library! Our launch date is forthcoming, but we anticipate late spring or early summer 2018. To date, Team MIBrary...

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MIBRARY Update #1

Dear Community, As you may recall during the 24 Hour Citizen Project, our immediate push following the event was to obtain musical instruments through drives and donations. Since then, we’ve learned that a musical instrument drive is not the...

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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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Project Updates

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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Pop-up Theatre

Pop-up Theatre

Pop-Up Kids Theatre

Project Description

Team “Pop Up Theatre”was funded $2,000 during the 24 Hour Citizen Project in 2017 to create a pop-up children’s theatre for ages 6-12. The concept is modeled after the ole “Spanky and Our Gang” plays. Each performance will be completed within a 3-hour timeframe including set and costume design, rehearsal and performance. Most of the plays will include stories and nursery rhymes that the children are familiar with to encourage participation.

A group of volunteers from Disney first started this concept in Orlando, Florida. It was called The Black Swan Theatre. We created a script, made the costumes, set design, practiced and performed all in 3 hours.  We had at least 6-9 adult volunteers along with 8-10 kids that regularly participated. I am looking to bring this theatre concept to Lafayette, Louisiana. I will need a group of volunteers that will work closely with the children to bring this to life. We will perform each play at several parks around the area to reach children in their neighborhoods and make it easily accessible to the parents or guardians that provide transportation. It is mandatory that the guardian will stay for the whole 3 hours to encourage participation and create an audience for the play. This is a summer program and will run for 6 weeks starting in the month of June. A new show will be performed every Saturday starting at 9am and ending at 12pm with refreshments for the actors and viewers. It will be a free, fun and engaging summer program.

Involving children in theatre and drama at an early age builds confidence and self-esteem. I want to concentrate on 6-12 year old at-risk children but also make it open to anyone that is interested in the Lafayette and surrounding areas. This project involves the whole family from performing to being part of the audience. Not everyone has a chance to participate in the arts at this level and I want to give them this opportunity to explore and learn about the world of theatre. This program encourages fun, learning and play-acting in one free event. The time constraints of doing a play from start to finish in 3 hours increases participation every week. I understand that it is hard for some families to commit to a theatre program that lasts over several weeks or months like most of them, but this concept makes it easy and accessible all in one Saturday morning.

Project Details

Team Leader Danielle Moroux
Funded Date July 29, 2017
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Project Updates
(Final Update Pending)

Pop Up Theatre Update #3

Dear Community, Here is the update for our Pop Up Kids Theatre for June 2018. Since partnering with the New Hope Development Center, I have been able to reach the target audience and bring this new type of theater as part of their summer program. They have...

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Pop Up Theatre Update #2

Dear Community, I am pleased to present this update for Pop-Up Kids Theater, a theatrical program for at-risk children ages 6-12 in the Lafayette area. The Facebook page is created, published and now active under the name PopUp Kids Theater. After some consideration,...

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Pop Up Theatre Update #1

Dear Community, As you may recall, I am the team leader for the Pop-Up Kids Theater, a theatrical program for at-risk children ages 6-12 in the Lafayette area. Things for this project are moving along despite my teammate, Shannon Miller, who has moved out of the area....

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Safe Pass Underpass

Safe Pass Underpass

S.P.U.P: Safe Pass Under Pass

Project Description

Team ‘Safe Pass Underpass’ was funded $5,000 during the 24 Hour Citizen Project in 2016 to install lighting under an overpass that is part of an essential bike path (Mickey’s Loop). Project Leader, Mark DeClouet, will tell you that cyclist avoid the area because it’s no longer “invitable.” While lighting on the surface may seemingly lack significance, Mark will tell you that his project is about bringing the community together through accessibility to different areas of town.

In 2015, the Lafayette City Parish Council adopted a resolution to create an 8-mile continuous bike path running through the heart of the city of Lafayette known as Mickey’s Loop, connecting existing and planned paths that were completed in 2016. Mickey’s Loop was created to honor the memory of Mickey Shunick, an avid cyclist who lost her life tragically in 2012. Mickey’s Loop provides unprecedented neighborhood connectivity across Lafayette neighborhoods including the UL Lafayette, Saint Streets, Greenbriar/Brentwood, Lafayette Central Park, Girard Park, Oil Center and the Downtown area. One portion of this loop connects pedestrian and bike traffic between the Oil Center/Girard Park area and West Bayou/Lafayette Central Park neighborhoods at the intersection of South College and West Bayou Parkway. This connection is made via an underpass on South College, next to Coulee Mine, a major tributary to Bayou Vermilion. Currently, the Coulee Mine underpass is not well lit, does not project an element of safety and is generally not well known as a connection point in the community. Our project proposes to enhance this connectivity, increase community and individual safety along the loop, and increase awareness of the environment and natural resources related to our community and the Bayou Vermilion.

How will we do this? We are proposing to:

  1. Implement environmentally friendly lighting that enhances the safety of this critical connection point on Mickey’s Loop for both pedestrians and bicyclists.
  2. Improve the functionality of the underpass for bicyclists and pedestrians with redesigned handrail and bike channel features to make it easier for cyclists to bring their bikes up the stairs, while providing safety elements for pedestrians.
  3. Add concave mirrors on both entrance points at the underpass to create visibility for cross traffic and for users to see what else may lie ahead.
  4. Add a number of beautification elements to the underpass, including a Project Front Yard inspired art project/sculpture on the underside of the Coulee Mine underpass. This would be analogous to the Freemont troll, a public sculpture in the Freemont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington which turned an underpass into a tourist destination. Additional aesthetic elements would be added that make the area more welcoming to tourists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

 

Project Details

Team Leader Mark Declouet
Funded Date July 23, 2016
Location: Lafayette, LA

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Project Updates

SPUP Update #5

Dear Community, A lot has happened since we last spoke. You may recall that we had been communicating with local government and DOTD for permission to access/improve the roadway, LAND architecture for vegetative enhancement and LUS for lighting. We can proudly say...

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SPUP Update #4

Dear community, The Safe-Pass-Under-Pass (SPUP) now has a estimated completion date of June 1, 2018, and now that we understand (and are completing) the processes for changing up roadway that is managed by the state. We're working with LAND Architecture on...

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SPUP Update #3

Dear Community, To those supporters (and backers) who have been patiently been awaiting movement on SPUP (the new acronym for Safe Pass Under Pass), thank you for your patience. Our goal to bring the best design possible while maximizing the funds provided is paying...

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SPUP Update #2

It’s hard to believe that nearly a year has gone by since the first 24 Hour Citizen Project! We picked Safe Pass Underpass as a way to continue to improve Mickey’s Loop as one of Lafayette’s first cohesive bicycle paths. Mickey’s Loop is an 8-mile long trail...

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Hydrate Lafayette

Hydrate Lafayette

Hydrate Lafayette

Project Description

We are nothing more than citizens of our community. We’re not an organization, support group or committee. Rather, we’re just a couple of guys who thought of an idea, and came up with a plan for execution. We love running. We love the outdoors. And we believe that Lafayette is a special place to live and play.

We couldn’t have gotten here without a little help along the way. Huge thanks to these folks who have worked and are continuing to work behind the scenes:

  • Videographer: Katie Napoli
  • Water Fountain Designers: UL Industrial Design Students and Hector LaSala
  • Plumber and Fountain Installer: Brandon Touchet
  • Brick Layer: John Francis
  • The Helping Hands: Drew Edmiston, James LeBlanc, Butch Roussel, David Wyble, Edie Riedel, Kevin Castille, Erin Edmiston, Elizabeth Greenman, Active Acadiana, and Zydeco Marathon. 

The Quick Facts.

  • Purpose: To install drinking water fountains in various neighborhoods throughout Lafayette. The fountains will serve as a “hydration station” for runners, walkers, bikers, children playing, and of course, our pets.
  • Funding Goal: $14,500.00. This is an ‘All or Nothing Campaign.’ If the project isn’t fully funded, your credit card is not charged.
  • Days to reach goal: ~60 days.
  • Fountain Target Areas: Saint Streets, White Subdivision, Upper Lafayette, Broadmoor, UL Campus, Freetown, and East Bayou Parkway (we’re still working on finalizing locations, and will provide in an update soon).
  • Fountain Designs: There will be eight (8) fountains total. Four (4) will be designed by UL’s industrial design students in a competition through a school project called “Project No Waste.” Other fountains installed will be square/brick.
  • Fountain installation and use: The project creators have sought feedback from people in the community to determine the most desired locations. Property owners have agreed to “adopt a fountain,” which means after installation, the property owner will maintain the fountain including paying for water utilities on a monthly basis.
  • #hydratelafayette

What We Want?

Simply put, we want to install eight (8) filtered drinking water fountains in neighborhoods where people are most active. Lafayette is ever increasingly becoming a more active community. An active community is a healthy community and we would like to make physical activity here in Lafayette a little easier. The water fountains will serve as a ‘hydration station’ for runners, walkers, bikers, children playing in neighborhoods, pets, etc. The project goal is to install drinking water fountains for a funding goal of $14,500. Areas that have been targeted as possible locations include Saint Streets, White Oak Subdivision, Upper Lafayette area, Broadmoor, UL Campus area, Freetown, and East Bayou Parkway area. The intent is to target areas that are high in foot traffic. The water fountains will be designed by UL’s Industrial Design Department through a school project called ‘Project No Waste.’ Fountain designs will be chosen through collaborations with civicside.com, the Project Creator, the property owner, UL Industrial Design Professors, and/or voting through social media outlets.

We plan to accomplish this by seeking the help of the active community to help and crowdfund this project. A small donation today could materialize into multiple drinking fountains being installed throughout Lafayette.

Location Location Location.

Consulting the public was the only way to determine the ideal locations. In a perfect world, we would be able to install drinking water fountains in every nook and crevice that needed one. We sought feedback from thousands of runners during the Zydeco Marathon, who told us where they run and play. We created a map, and decided knocking on neighbors doors to see if they would be interested in “adopting a fountain.” At least 90% of our effort has been reaching out to folks in the community who live or work in high demand areas. Some property owners said no. Some said maybe. And others said, yes! We’re still working out some of the final locations, and promise to let everyone know as soon as possible where they’ll be. Here’s the target areas:

  • Saint Streets
  • White Subdivision
  • Upper Lafayette
  • Broadmoor
  • UL Campus
  • Freetown
  • East Bayou Parkway

Why We Want It?

The real question is… Do you want it? Here’s a couple of reasons that we came up with. By all means, feel free to come up with your own reasons, and share with us:

  • Runners and bikers have told us time and time again that their routes are mapped around water sources. Running the same routes every day to reach certain water sources around Lafayette can become monotonous. Additional water sources will make running easier and more convenient.
  • We all love to walk our dogs. Taking the dog for a long walk means that both you and your pup will at some point need a drink of water.
  • If knowing your neighbor has a drinking water fountain encourages you to take a jog around the neighborhood, then we’ve done our job. Enough said! 
  • Running with water strapped to your hips can be annoying, inconvenient and heavy on the legs.

The Small Print.

Water Fountain Specification: The placement of the fountain will be on private property within close proximity to property owner’s water meter, and should be easily accessible to pedestrians. Each fountain location will be discussed and agreed upon by the property owner and Project Creator prior to installation. To ensure stability of the fountains, an approximate 4x4 ft concrete slab will be poured to serve as the base for the fountain design. The distance from ground to bubbler will be approximately 42 inches, and is considered an ideal height for young children and adults. See image below for additional specifications. To access water, the plumber will install a ‘T fitting’ on the main access water line near the water meter. Between the ‘T fitting’ and water fountain will be a shutoff valve and water fountain (both housed in an accessible box underground). The shut off valve will allow the ability to shut off water from the fountain without shutting off the entire water supply from the water meter.

Water Fountain Installation: The water fountains will be installed by a licensed/insured master plumber, with the ability to purchase city permits, if necessary. During installation, the plumber has communicated risks in possibly damaging other piping during the installation of the ‘T fitting,’ particularly if the main water line is fragile galvanized piping. The Project Creator has considered this possibility and will make every attempt to pay for additional labor to remedy the problem as project funds allow.  The property owner should expect the trench to be filled back with dirt. The project or project funds will not be responsible for planting grass for re-growth.

Water Fountain Maintenance: Where the Project Creator is responsible for providing the funds for the installation of the water fountain, the property owner is responsible for the maintenance and agrees to keep the fountain in clean condition and working order. As part of this agreement, the homeowner also agrees to pay appropriate utilities for water and sewage, and recognizes that civicside.com and the Project Creator is NOT responsible for these utilities. The property owner should consider creating a safe pathway, free of obstruction, walkway to the fountain from the road so that it can be accessed freely and safely by walkers and runners. The property owner should also consider landscaping and/or solar lighting around the fountain to ensure attractive appeal in your neighborhood.

Project Liability: The property owner understands and acknowledges: (1) the water fountain creates an express invitation for individuals to lawfully enter their property; (2) the property owner may be liable for any injuries or damages sustained by individuals lawfully on their property; (3) the property owner must maintain their property in a reasonably safe condition for individuals to use the water fountain; (4) the property owner must periodically inspect the water fountain and the surrounding property for any potentially dangerous conditions; AND (5) civicside, LLC and/or the Project Creator are in no way responsible for any injuries or damages which occur on the property owner’s property.

How Can You Help?

We feel that the community stands to benefit from this project. We ask for a contribution, or just to let your friends know about the project. If successful, our goal is to begin installation of the fountains beginning July 2015. The biggest way in which you can help is to spread the word that this project is underway and seeking the help of the community to help make it a reality.

Project Details

Team Leader Butch Roussel / Mark Leblanc
Funded Date March 15, 2015 (Note: Hydrate Lafayette was funded through civicside.com, which was the prior funding mechanism before the 24HCP)
Funding Total: $14,500
Location: Lafayette, LA

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