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2018 Semaine de la Francophonie Creative Placemaking Summit
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When: Thursday, April 26, 2018
9:30 AM
Where: Acadiana Center for the Arts
101 West Vermilion Street
Lafayette, Louisiana  70501
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.


Anne Gadwa Nicodemus/Keynote speaker is Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, a choreographer/arts administrator turned urban planner. Gadwa Nicodemus leads Metris’ work. Recent Metris projects range from a Zimbabwean-focused case study of how creative spaces foster activism in repressive regimes (for Hivos, 2015) to an arts and culture plan for the small city of Grand Rapids, MN (GRMN Creates, 2015). As a researcher, writer, speaker, and advocate, Nicodemus tells stories through narratives and numbers. For instance, Metris’ How Art Spaces Matter reports (for Artspace Projects, 2010 and 2011) reveal the benefits of art spaces to artists’ careers and communities, including anchoring arts districts, expanding arts access, and boosts to safety, livability, tax rolls and property values.

Nicodemus is a leading voice in the intersection of arts and community development. She co-authored Creative Placemaking, the report for the Mayors’ Institute of City Design (2010) that defined the field. Her journal articles “Fuzzy Vibrancy” (Cultural Trends, 2013) and “Creative Placemaking: How to Do it Well” (Community Development Investment Review) look more deeply at creative placemaking as cultural policy and its ethics and practical challenges. Nicodemus gives frequent talks at universities and professional conferences nationwide, and as far-flung as Macau, the Czech Republic, and Ontario. She is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s 50 most influential people in the nonprofit arts (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). Nicodemus and Ann Markusen’s “Arts and Culture in Urban and Regional Planning: A Review and Research Agenda” (Journal of Planning and Education Research, 2010) was the most downloaded of that journal’s articles in 2009 and 2010. They contributed a chapter to Creative Communities: Art Works in Economic Development (Brookings Institution Press, 2013) and for the Aspen Review Central Europe, “Creative City Industry Strategies: Unique American Cases.” Nicodemus’ short writings have also appeared in publications including Grantmakers in the Arts: Reader, and Minnesota Public Radio News.

Nicodemus holds a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a B.A. in dance and biology from Oberlin College. Nicodemus is fascinated by all kinds of places—their form, their people, their change. She grew up in suburban Connecticut; went to college surrounded by the cornfields of Ohio; and lived, danced, and worked in New York City and Minneapolis for years. Her family hails from central Long Island’s north shore, where she grew up spending summers on one of its last remaining farms. Recently, she’s laid down roots in Easton, PA where she lives with her wife Julia. Email: Download CV. LinkedIn profile.

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