Big Towns

  • April 23 - 24, 2024
  • AcA Galleries

    101 W. Vermilion St.
    Lafayette, Louisiana 70501
Ticket Price $200.00 Register Now

Historically, American towns are places of tightly knit connections and distinct cultural identities. At their best, they are hubs of innovation and opportunity. In an increasingly globalized economy, however, many of our country’s “big towns” have lost their footing, and find themselves largely downstream from national trends, not setting them.

This conference seeks to identify and celebrate our best efforts in our big towns – initiatives and solutions that help uniquely American communities maintain their local identities and economies. It will leverage the identity of one of the “big towns” with the most unique identity in the country – Creole/Cajun culture – to challenge how we grow a local economic and information landscape in small to midsize cities across the United States.

Leveraging partners with a national or regional presence, this conference will annually bring together partners to share winning strategies for more vibrant and resilient “big towns” in America.

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Date & Time

Apr 23, 2024 6:00 PM - Apr 24, 2024 5:30 PM

Venue Details

AcA Galleries

101 W. Vermilion St.
Lafayette, Louisiana 70501 AcA Galleries
Acadiana Center for the Arts

Our mission is fostering art and culture in Acadiana.

Founded in 1975, Acadiana Center for the Arts (“AcA”) is a community-supported nonprofit organization that fosters art and culture in Acadiana. Since its founding, AcA has developed as a major force, shaping the future of public education and community development in South Louisiana.

AcA supports the creation of new works of art, exhibits, festivals, performances, and public art across an eight-parish region that includes Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes.  

AcA aims to bring equitable access to the arts and supports fair compensation of artists. On average, AcA serves over 300,000 people annually and provides fair compensation to 2,700 artists.  

In 2013, the AcA merged with the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (“PASA”), whose mission was to educate, inspire, entertain, and culturally enrich the people of south Louisiana by providing local access to a diverse range of the performing arts. This merger supported the vision of both organizations and provided much-needed support to PASA’s programs. Founded in 1989, PASA served as a leading voice in the performing arts in South Louisiana for close to three decades.

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