Introducing Jo Vidrine
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Introducing Jo Vidrine

I call myself the Freelance Cajun, Seemed like a good ear-catching name that serves as an umbrella title for some of the things that I do. My passions lie in music, photography, and sharing food from southwest Louisiana. I have a deep connection and sense of place in south Louisiana through its music, culture, and...

Introducing Natalie Kojis
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Introducing Natalie Kojis

I’ve always loved to move. Being a kinesthetic learner, I’ve always relied on movement to help me improve both mentally and physically. I definitely did the ballet-tap-jazz thing when I was younger but it wasn’t really until high school that I learned how to channel my emotions through dance. This made dancing almost hypnotic for...

Introducing Emily Spikes
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Introducing Emily Spikes

Emily Spikes is a painter born, raised, and working in Lafayette, Louisiana. Her work is influenced primarily by the sights, sounds, and traditions of Louisiana culture. Her biggest goal with her work is to remind the viewer that even the most simple elements of our culture are filled with beauty and intrigue. She spends most days creating...

Introducing Nicole Curtis
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Introducing Nicole Curtis

I fell in love with dance at the young age of three years old. What started off as rolling around on the floor and making up dances for my friends and family turned into a lifelong passion. I studied dance extensively through my adolescence and high school. After a short hiatus from dance a few months...

Introducing Michael Eble
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Introducing Michael Eble

Michael Eble was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received a BFA degree in painting from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and a MFA degree in painting and drawing from the University of Mississippi, in Oxford, Mississippi. He is currently Curator of Exhibitions, Events, and Engagement for the College of the Arts at the...

Introducing Sarah Lass
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Introducing Sarah Lass

I am a dancer, choreographer, writer, and educator, currently splitting my time between Louisiana and Massachusetts. My work centers dance improvisation and compositional practice in conversation with a wide range of fields including ecology, neurophysiology, and philosophy to explore intersections between embodiment, perception, and design. The mode of my creative output encompasses choreography, performance, creative...

Introducing Rachel Adams
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Introducing Rachel Adams

Rachel Adams is the Marketing Manager at the Acadiana Center for the Arts and co-owner of the new aerial gym in town, Sky Craft. Rachel finds herself captivated by Acadiana’s rich cultural ecosystem that includes art, local music, food, and the special places that create community. She was drawn to her position at the AcA...

Introducing Grace Hamilton-Mayfield
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Introducing Grace Hamilton-Mayfield

Grace Hamilton-Mayfield a 1982 graduate of University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has advanced studies at Alvin Ailey School, Dance Education Teacher Certification at Western Kentucky University, and advanced studies at Texas Women’s University. In 1981 she Founded Hamilton Academy of the Arts (HAA) located in North Lafayette. In 1988 she expanded to Opelousas her...

Introducing Monique Morton  Derouselle
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Introducing Monique Morton Derouselle

Monique Morton Derouselle is a filmmaker, actress, and educator originally from Shreveport, Louisiana. She is a graduate of Southern University Baton Rouge and California State University Los Angeles where she received her MFA in writing for TV, Film, and Theatre. She also studied improvisation at The Second City Hollywood Training Center. You may have seen her...

Introducing Chase Julien
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Introducing Chase Julien

Chase Julien is a fine artist focused on figurative painting based in Lafayette, La. Raised in the small rural village of Loreauville, he enrolled in the talent art program from early elementary through high school. Otherwise, he is a self-taught artist, inspired and influenced by the scenery of his rural hometown, his peers, and early...