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Pop-up Theatre

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. Location: Lafayette, LA

 

Pop Up Theatre

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.

Pop Up Theatre

November 2017 Update:

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. The good news though is that he is continuing to help with promoting the program within the theater community in the Lafayette through social media outlets.

I have created a Facebook page for Pop-up Kids theater and acquired the domain name for a website. It is in the early stages of development. The website will legitimize our program when we begin community outreach. In an effort to secure a location, I have contacted Girard Park and am working with Melissa Dalcour and Ronnie Chaisson. We are working on getting several options to lower the cost of an indoor space at either Girard Park, Domingue Recreation Center or the George Dupuis Centers. Our projected completion date remains February 1, 2018. 

I also attended the Create Summit that was held in August 2017, and shared the idea with attendees in hopes to recruit volunteers. I made contacts with the following people, who are interested in volunteering and promoting the program:

Daniel Ladmirault from Cite des Art
Sarah Mikayla Brown, founder of Silverbacks Improv
Bree Sargent, Education Director of ACA
Cece Cole, artist and educator
Dennis and Kerrie Skerrett, local teachers
Dayna Haynie, artist and art therapist
Blaze Petersen (volunteer)
Rona Landry and daughter Cainwyn Landry (volunteer)
Julia D. Moroux (volunteer)
Trudy Heflin (volunteer)

And lastly, I have partnered with AOC and their field reporters will be taping the program for all 6 events and promoting the show on AOC’s Community message board. It will be broadcasted thru AOC TV channels. We’ve already begun collecting boxes, containers, paints and other items for costume and set design, and we’re about to begin writing the first script in mid-November 2017. Thanks for following my project, and huge thanks (again!) to all the backers that have supported us along the way. I have much more work to be done, and will keep the community updates as we make progress. 

Thanks,

Danielle Moroux (Team Leader)

Krewe des Canailles

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.” Location: Lafayette, LA

Krewe des Canailles

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.

Krewe des Canailles

November 2017 Update

Dear Lafayette,

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 Durand has designed our logo, which allowed us to create our first official doubloons. These will be a signature throw of every parade, keeping in line with our mission of sustainability. We’re now incredibly close to launching our official website, which will allow the community to begin the signup process in preparation for the big day.

We took part in PARK(ing) Day Lafayette where we announced our inaugural theme – Local Legends! Red Lerille? Wayne Toups? The Cotton Candy Guy from the Cajundome? Pick your favorite Acadiana icon (or icons), and start planning your krewes, costumes, dance routines, and creations! This got us featured in a KATC story featuring a hilarious misspelling of board member Julie Bordelon’s name. Check it out here – https://www.facebook.com/LFTwalkingparade/videos/130458764259865/

We’re also keeping with our mission of inclusivity by reaching out to specific individuals, groups and bands to join the movement. We’re currently in the process of securing the required permits, which involves soliciting signatures from each business located along Jefferson St. It’s an arduous process but a necessary one. Once secured, we’ll reach out to the Lafayette police to schedule our escorts.

Lastly, we are utilizing the service of Casselman Beyt Law Firm to become recognized as a 501(c)7 so we can act as a non-profit organization and our own fiscal agents. This will free up the funding from the 24 Hour Citizen Project donors so that we can really get kicking.

Submit your email at krewedecanailles.com to keep updated on our progress. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @LFTwalkingparade and @krewedecanailles, respectively.

Our biggest lesson learned is that it is best to secure an attorney with the proper experience as early as possible. I did the preliminary research so we could begin collecting funds as early as possible but I ended up pushing back further than it needed to be. Paige Casselman Beyt has been instrumental in righting my wrongs and getting us back on track.

Best,
Rodney Hess (Team Leader)

Acadian Rain Gardens

Team”Acadian Rain Gardens” was funded $2,500 during the 24 Hour Citizen Project in 2017 to create rain gardens within Lafayette in locations that are frequently flooded.  The gardens will be planted with native Acadiana wetland plants, including vibrant wildflowers such as red Hibiscus, purple Pontedaria and blue Iris. These gardens would benefit the community in a myriad of ways: they would beautify our city, assist water in soaking into the soil, save money, increase the natural space in the city, and help educate citizens and visitors about the natural heritage of our region.Location: Lafayette, LA

Acadian Rain Gardens

What if Lafayette could reduce maintenance costs of regularly flooded areas, better manage rain water and run-off, and improve the environmental quality of water flooding into our Vermilion River all while creating scenic spots that serve both aesthetic and educational purposes? We can, by creating Acadian Rain Gardens. We propose creating rain gardens within Lafayette in locations that are frequently flooded.  The gardens will be planted with native Acadiana wetland plants, including vibrant wildflowers such as red Hibiscus, purple Pontedaria and blue Iris. These gardens will be inviting to the public and outfitted with signage to educate passersby on the importance of wetland habitats, water management issues, and the substantial natural heritage of Acadiana.

These gardens would benefit the community in a myriad of ways: they would beautify our city by turning damp, degraded grass areas into flowering wetland communities full of life; they would assist water in soaking into the soil, thereby lessening the water that burdens ditches and coulees during rain events; they would save money by turning managed lawn into native plantings that don’t need to be mowed, sprayed, or watered; they would increase the natural space in the city using our own Acadiana plants, creating a more welcoming feel for visitors and citizens alike; and they would help educate citizens and visitors about the natural heritage of our region, and why wetlands are important habitats for the community.

Acadian Rain Gardens

November 2017 Update:

Dear Community,

Since receiving funding from the 24CP, the Acadiana Rain Garden team has initiated the following tasks:
1. Successful receipt of funding from donors to the UL Lafayette 501 c3 fund.
2. Initiated conversations with LCG Environmental Quality diviison
3. Initiated conversations with Project Front Yard regarding their goals to create 10,000 rain gardens
4. Confirmed locations for installation with Girard Park (Parks and Rec) and the fountain at City Hall (LCG)
5. Completed an 811 survey of the Girard park site for underground cables (i.e. call before you dig)
6. Obtained blue prints of drainage for fountain site at City Hall
7. Met with Engels & Volkers who expressed interest in us creating educational materials for home owners on rain gardens and water management.

Our next steps and new goals include a charette with several landscape architects for mid-November. At this work session we will design the layout of the rain gardens. After the charette, we will price and purchase plants, and any additional materials necessary for successful implementation of the two proposed rain gardens.

We are still on track to our original timeline and plan to install the rain gardens in Spring 2018.

As far as ‘lessons learned’, our project depends on the same 3 pillars of real estate: ‘LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION’.  We are lucky to have found two sites that meet our project goals: 1. they are subject to high saturation and water runoff and 2. they are in public spaces with high traffic.

Thanks,

Taylor Sloey

M.I.Brary: Musical Instrument Library

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. Location: Lafayette, LA

M.I.Brary: Musical Instrument Library

The M.I.Brary, or Musical Instrument Library, is a place where musicians or prospective musicians can check out various musical instruments, much like they can check out a book at a traditional library. 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.

The Umbrella Project: Bus Stop Shelters

Team ‘Umbrella Project’ was funded $5,000 during the 24 Hour Citizen Project in 2016 to build a bus stop shelter prototype  – with the potential of being replicated throughout the city. Lafayette has over 500 bus stops, and just 35 of those have shelter. Project creators, Brittany Broussard and Kate Durio, will tell you that this project – more than anything – is about restoring dignity to bus riders. A worthy cause indeed. Location: Lafayette, LA

The Umbrella Project: Bus Stop Shelters

Our bus stops have two options. There is a sign on a pole or a complete shelter but no option in the middle, with the majority of riders left standing out in the rain and sun with no protection, no place to sit and no map and routing information. We can do better. The Umbrella Project aims to provide a modular system to provide shelter, map and routing information, seating and lighting at every bus stop. The current bus shelters are great where they work and where we can afford them.  Each costs about $10,000-$15,000 to install and navigating right of way can be an additional challenge. By identifying this option in the middle and developing it in a way that is agile and can work in a variety of contexts, budgets and right of way, we can provide amenities at any stop.

This project would seek to:

  • Provide shelter, seating, map routing information, trash cans and lighting wherever possible.
  • Continue to work comprehensively with LTS and all community members trying to improve the bus stops in Lafayette as a team so that we are addressing the rider experience holistically
  • Maintain a certain level of aesthetic standard so that all stops are replicable, affordable, sustainable, low-maintenance and recognizable as a bus stop to improve the rider experience first and second to incorporate works of art. This approach ensures that every bus stop is immediately identified as a bus stop thus improving the functionality of the rider experience.

The Umbrella Project: Bus Stop Shelters

November 2017 Update:

Dear Community,

Since our last update in March 2017, we’ve expanded our team and vision. The project now has benefitted from the addition of Lafayette artist, CeCe Cole, architect Joel Breaux, structural engineer Alison Lognion and Lafayette Transit System Engineer Warren Abadie. Since then, the visual direction has moved away from the umbrella concept, and has taken a more creative, interactive and culturally significant design. The current design is modeled after something you would find in nature (i.e., a tree that is a natural shelter provider).  The inclusion of local artists in this process has become a living laboratory for the city of Lafayette to experiment with including more creatives in community investments and improvements for better, more innovative solutions.

Our project has stayed true to its mission, and has maintained the $1,500-$3,000 target budget per stop and maintained the same goal of providing shelter, seating, lighting, route information and trash cans to each stop. We’re currently sourcing with different vendors in town to build the components that make up the bus stop. These materials include a combination of aluminum (branches and trunk), polycarbonate (shelter with leaf pattern), and recycled plastic (seating to mimic stumps at varying heights, planters and trash cans).

We continue to learn as the project team has grown and design has changed. When approaching an improved rider experience, it is important to keep in mind: maintenance, replication, sustainability, replacement, cost, predictability and putting the rider needs first. We’ve kept this in mind throughout the entire process.

While, the offer from the Mayor to utilize a staff structural engineer has reduced the cost for research and development, it has added additional time to the process as well. As for our new timeline, we anticipate completed structural engineer drawings soon, and will have a completed prototype by December 2018. We realize that the timeline and vision for the project has changed since its inception, and we’ve had to sacrifice our timelines for the sake of ensuring rider experience and a quality design. We’re still very confident in the direction, pace, and bus shelter design.

Thanks,
Kate Durio (Team Bus Stop Shelter)

Safe Pass Underpass

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. Location: Lafayette, LA

Safe Pass Underpass

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.

Safe Pass Underpass

July 2017 Update:

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 consisting of bike lanes, sharrows, and sidewalks that tracks through the core of the city.

One of the most difficult spots on the pathway is a short leg on South College Road. There is an underpass for bikes there that is in need of better maintenance, and so we pitched that we would clean it up to continue to improve the Loop.

Our project has been slow in starting because we applied for a Transportation Alternatives Grant to enhance our original plans. We found out in late April that we didn’t receive it, so we have been refining our work and scope since then. Since that time, local firm Land Architecture has agreed to design the site improvements and apply for the DOTD permit (because we are required to have a licensed landscape architect apply for the permit). And to keep up momentum, we have conducted regular cleanups at the site, including a major cleanup following the August 2016 flood where we removed debris from the site. Most recently, a group of us participated in an annual bike ride to commemorate the establishment of Mickey’s Loop, an event that drew out about 75 riders, including Mickey’s parents.

-Mark Declouet

Recovery Garden

The birth of the ‘Recovery Garden’ comes from Project Leader, Adrian Perron, who believed that growing a garden was in itself, a form of therapy for his clients suffering from addiction. The project was funded $2,000 during the 24 Hour Citizen Project in 2016.  Crops produced from the garden benefit St. Joseph’s Diner, whose focus is to feed the hungry. Location: Lafayette, LA

Recovery Garden

The St. Joseph Diner Garden Project is a collaborative project between Catholic Services of Acadiana and Acadiana Recovery Center.  This project has a goal of taking the garden that is at Catholic Services of Acadiana and redeveloping it into a sustainable garden that provides produce that can be used to feed the homeless population of Lafayette, Louisiana. Currently, the garden is in a state of disrepair and needs the aid of the community. The St. Joseph Diner Garden was built in 2012. There are approximately sixteen planter boxes, as well as, fruit trees planted along the perimeter. St. Joseph Diner serves over 100,000 meals a year to the homeless living on the streets and to those living in the shelter. The St. Joseph Diner is open 364 days a year.

The project is on track to begin planting this spring. We have reached out to the LSU Ag Center for assistance. There have been challenges along the way. Acadiana Recovery Center is in the process of having new management, which has challenged the staff. We continue to refocus and look forward to reap the positive results this project will bring.

As of Spring 2017, this project is completed. The garden is maintained by the Acadiana Recovery Center, and all crops are donated to St. Josephs’s Diner to feed the poor.

The Art Wall

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. Location: Lafayette, LA

The Art Wall

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!

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 work, you can contact the project team via their facebook page or the artist submission form.

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