eBonjour, l’Histoire is a pedagogical documentary on Cajun history produced in French and English by Mrs. Brenda Mounier and her 4th grade students in the French as a Second Language program at Woodvale Elementary in Lafayette in 1998-1999. Her students first studied Acadian/Cajun history, afterwards choosing which “chapter” they wanted to represent artistically. The project was done with a grant from the Acadiana Arts Council and Jill Tauzin Broussard, the artist who guided the project. Both the students and the art project toured different venues in the area, presenting their “history quilt” as well as an oral history lesson complete with songs and music. This lead to the making of a documentary film to supplement French and Social Studies programs throughout the state. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9
Born and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana, artist George Rodrigue (1944 – 2013) is best known for his Blue Dog paintings , which catapulted him to worldwide fame in the early 1990s.
Rodrigue is the subject of twelve books, published nationally and internationally, on his art, as well as numerous museum exhibitions, including forty-year career retrospectives at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens Museum in Memphis, Tennessee (2007) and the New Orleans Museum of Art (2008), both of which broke museum records at those locations for living artists or contemporary shows. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9
More information: https://georgerodrigue.com/bio/
Photo:George Rodrigue outside of his Carmel, California, studio in June 2013.
Credit photo: https://georgerodrigue.com/mardi-gras-2015-released/
From Grand Pointe, Southeastern Louisiana, Beverly Matherne wrote six collections of bilingual poems; Bayou des Acadiens / Blind River is the last one. Beverly has participated to 300 lectures in the United States, Canada and France and she received seven first prices for her poetry. She is professor emeritus in literary creation from the English Faculty of the University of Northern Michigan. Cajundome Convention Center, October 9