"Events include an artist sense of place workshop, collecting stories workshops in Lafourche Parish, gumbo making at the Chauvin Folk Art Festival, carving classes, Mardi Gras costume making, and more.”

Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser today announced a series of workshops in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes through the Bayou Culture Collaborative, an initiative of the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program in collaboration with the Louisiana Folklore Society and other organizations.

"The goal is to help sustain the vital traditional knowledge of coastal communities affected by land loss,” said Lieutenant Governor Nungesser. "These events will occur at a variety of locations throughout the area and will include workshops, classes, and presentations about local traditions and how to sustain them. The input we receive from local community members will be vital to this work."

A meeting of the Louisiana Folklore Society in Houma on March 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Duhé Center features presentations about traditional cultures throughout Louisiana in the morning session. The afternoon session features a presentation on efforts to support traditional cultures in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes. The Duhé Center is located at 235 Civic Center Blvd. in Houma.

On March 30, a four-part workshop titled Moving Traditions Forward: Documenting Bayou Culture Workshop Series begins at the North Branch of the Terrebonne Parish Library, located at 4230 West Park Avenue in Gray, Louisiana. The workshops will focus on documenting traditions, conducting oral interviews, and then sharing findings with your community. Each workshop runs from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., and are as follows:

---March 30: Exploring Local Folklife and Choosing What to Document

---April 13: Getting Ready for Interviewing: Techniques for Documenting Local Stories and Knowledge

---April 27: Catch and Release: Documentary Photography and Videography for your Community

---May 11: Presenting, Archiving, and Funding your Project

 "This workshop series is only part of what the collaboration is offering,” said Maida Owens, director of the Folklife Program. "Events include an artist sense of place workshop, collecting stories workshops in Lafourche Parish, gumbo making at the Chauvin Folk Art Festival, carving classes, Mardi Gras costume making, and more.”

 For a full calendar of events, more details on each workshop, and registration information, visit www.louisianafolklife.org/bayouculture.

 This project is a collaboration between Louisiana Folklore Society, the Louisiana Division of the Arts Folklife Program, the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center, Nicholls State University Center for Bayou Studies, Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Center for Louisiana Studies, and Bayou Regional Arts Council. The Bayou Culture Collaborative is funded with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

Contributed by the La. Office of Cultural Development