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2018 Semaine de la Francophonie Creative Placemaking Summit
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When: Monday, April 23, 2018
9:30 AM
Where: 129 E Main Street
New Iberia, Louisiana  70560
United States
Presenter: Malcolm White
Contact: Jacqueline Cochran
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2018 Semaine de la Francophonie Creative Placemaking Summit, April 22-26, presents five days of information, networking and workshops with leading experts in "place creation." The purpose of the summit is to provide a platform from which the processes, tools and an understanding of Creative Placemaking are presented so as to further the most effective means of community betterment.
Attend all or any of the days conducted within the host communities of Arnaudville, New Iberia, Abbeville, Washington and Lafayette. Be prepared to experience fresh exchanges that enlighten and inspire, learn of ongoing projects in neighboring communities and participate in breakout sessions with speakers and presenters that are designed to assist with the creation of new or furthering of existing projects. Lastly, join fellow attendees at special evening events that celebrate and honor the Louisiana French identity.
Arts and culture centered projects and programs are proven transformers that are taking place everywhere, and following on its heels are the notable benefits of economic development.
Semaine de la Francophonie Creative Placemaking Summit is a project of the NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, Arnaudville, and is produced in partnership with CODOFIL, and with the support of Louisiana Office of Cultural Development Division of the Arts and the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area.



Malcolm White leads the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) as Executive Director. He previously held the position from 2005 – 2012, after which he became director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division. While there, White developed and implemented plans to create economic growth and opportunities through tourism, the creative economy and promoted the state as a travel destination and film location.
“In addition to rebranding the division to Visit Mississippi, (Glenn L.) McCullough (executive director Mississippi Development Authority) credits White with doubling advertising return on investment to $12.93 for every $1 spent and implemented the Year of the Creative Economy.” – Jackson Free Press, Dec. 9, 2015
Prior to his tenure at MAC, he worked in the hospitality industry, running a popular restaurant and founding special events and festivals throughout the state.
A native of Stone County, Mississippi, White holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. Throughout his career, he has been a member of and served on the committees of numerous civic organizations. White is involved with South Arts, the Mississippi Blues and Country Music Trails, Downtown Jackson Partners and he is past chairman of the Mississippi Blues Commission. In 2015, he published Little Stories: A Collection of Mississippi Photos, a book of images he created from visits covering the state over several years.

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