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2018 Semaine de la Francophonie Creative Placemaking Summit
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When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
9:30 AM
Where: St. John Episcopal Church
308 Church Street
Washington, Louisiana  70589
United States
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.


Maria Rosario Jackson/Keynote speaker is Maria Rosario Jackson, senior advisor to the Arts & Culture Program at The Kresge Foundation, and an Institute Professor at Arizona State University where she holds appointments at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and also in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. In 2013, President Obama appointed Jackson to the National Council on the Arts. She serves on the advisory board of the Lambent Foundation and L.A. Commons, and on boards of directors of both the Alliance for California Traditional Arts and The Music Center in Los Angeles.

At Kresge, Jackson is an independent consultant. She began working with the Arts and Culture Program team in 2012 as it developed a Creative Placemaking strategy. She has previously served on the boards of Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Cultural Alliance for Greater Washington and Fund for Folk Culture. She also has served on research and project advisory bodies on measuring arts participation, museums in communities, arts institutions and shifting demographics, arts and health outcomes and economic and social impacts of the arts.

Jackson is the former director of the Culture, Creativity and Communities Program at the Urban Institute, where she was based for 18 years. There, she led research on arts and culture indicators, measuring cultural vitality, arts and culture in comprehensive revitalization in low-income communities, development of art spaces, and support systems for artists. Additionally, she participated in projects about public housing, public education, public safety and parks. Prior to her role at the Urban Institute she was a research fellow at the Center for the Study of Urban Poverty at UCLA.

Jackson has been adjunct faculty at Claremont Graduate University and at the University of Southern California. She was also James Irvine Fellow in Residence at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Her work appears in a wide range of professional and academic publications and she has been a speaker at numerous national and international conferences. Jackson earned a doctorate in urban planning from University of California Los Angeles and a master's degree in public administration from University of Southern California.

Wrote the framing study: 2004. "Investing in Creativity: A Study of the Support Structure for U.S. Artists." The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society, Vol. 34, No. 1: 43-57.

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