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This month's featured image is a 26" x 26" oil on canvas painting, by Francis X. Pavy, entitled "City Culture." It was created for our LA Fête Lafayette fundraiser being held on October 13 this year and is the official image for our poster. You can visit Francis' website at www.pavy.com

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Funding: Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowships
Job Opening: LPO Director of Development
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Cultural Exchange Fund Awards
Tournées Festival Program Grants
Jay Weigel, Chair
Cynthia Simien, Secretary
Demetric M. Mercadel, Treasurer
C. J. Blache
Mignon Faget
Rob Guidry
Bill Hess
Margaret Shehee
Tommy Usrey
Pam Breaux, Ex-Officio
Aimee Smallwood, CEO
Lisa Picone, Economic Opportunity Fund Grant Program Director
Jackie Richard, Development Director
Kathy Richard, Healthcare Initiative Director
Julie Olivier, Healthcare Initiative Assistant
Dorian Rush Reardon, Economic Opportunitiy Grant Fund Program Administrator
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Hello LCEF E-News Subscribers!

We have so many exciting things going on at LCEF! First, we would like to welcome our new CEO, Aimee Smallwood, to our small but mighty staff here at Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation! Aimee is featured in our “Connecting With” article below.

We are getting close to LA Fête Lafayette, October 13, 2011 at Trynd Restaurant in downtown Lafayette! LA Fête will feature the amazing talent of Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers and Lafayette singer-songwriter Rex Moroux. Purchase tickets now before it sells out! You can also purchase our official LA Fête Lafayette poster designed by grant recipient Francis X. Pavy. Our hotel sponsor, Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette/Cajundome is offering a special LA Fête rate if you book by October 5th!

We also have an exclusive contest for our Facebook fans! The grand prize is two tickets to LA Fête Lafayette and a one night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Lafayette Cajundome! If you are already a friend, don’t worry, you will automatically be entered into the drawing. Help us reach as many people as possible. Click “Share” tab on the bottom of the left column on your screen to invite friends to “like” us. Let them know about the contest in your personal message to them. Help us spread the word that our cultural workers are Louisiana’s most valuable asset. 3rd place prize: LA Fête poster collection. 2nd place prize: 2010 Katrina 5th Year Anniversary Amulet.

See you on Facebook and see you at LA Fête Lafayette 2011!


Lisa Picone
Grant Program Director

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LCEF’s New CEO Aimee Smallwood


What unique perspective do you bring to LCEF?

I guess if you combine the work I’ve performed for the past 20+ years as a fundraiser and administrator, then add my last four years in the healthcare industry, you would find a unique blend of experience. I’ve worked with large and small nonprofits, as a consultant, and have worked in partnership with many organizations at the private, corporate and public levels. I have watched LCEF grow through the years. Back in 2005, when Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu created the organization, I was so drawn to the concept of pulling together the sector to look at its economic impact. I firmly believe that our cultural economy is THE driver for a strong future and look forward to building partnerships that include culture at the table for strategic planning.

Tell us what some of your first duties as LCEF CEO will be.

LCEF is an organization with a lot going on! After a brief orientation period, I look forward to traveling to diverse parts of the state to explore potential partnerships to encourage best uses for LCEF funds, and to seek relationships with potential funders. At the same time, we’re going to be looking for a larger office space so that our outstanding staff will all have space to work. And how lucky is it that I’m starting right before La Fete? This fundraising event is very important to our work and I’ll be promoting it wherever I go. Of course, I’m also excited to work with our consultants, Board and staff to complete LCEF’s Strategic Plan. This is going to be a visionary guide to our future and an excellent tool to illustrate our plans for local, regional and national foundations. read more

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LCEF-EOF Grant Deadline Extended to October 7th

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2011 LCEF-EOF grant round. If you plan to apply for a LCEF-EOF grant, we recommend familiarizing yourself with our guidelines to understand the purpose of the grant and to get tips on writing a successful grant application. The Frequently Asked Questions is also very helpful. If you still have questions after you’ve read through everything, feel free to give us a call at 504-895-2800.

The deadline for all submissions is October 7, 2011 5pm CST.

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Behavioral Health Services Now Available

health care

The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Healthcare Initiative is now offering behavioral health services. These new services are made possible through a generous grant from Foundation for the Mid South. If you feel you could benefit from these services, please contact Healthcare Initiative Director, Kathy Richard, or Julie Olivier at their new phone number: 337-366-8970.


September is Leukemia Awareness Month

orange cancer ribbon

Leukemia is cancer of the blood cells that causes the bone marrow to produce a large number of abnormal white blood cells which don’t function properly. Leukemia symptoms are often vague and not specific to the disease. Symptoms are often overlooked because they may resemble those of the flu and other common illnesses. read more


Behavioral Health Tip of the Month

behavioral health

Bipolar disorder is often misdiagnosed as depression or anxiety. Along with depressive states, a person with bipolarism will also have manic episodes. A correct diagnosis is vital for proper treatment.

To help you figure out if you are depressed or bipolar, take this test.

For more information visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.


LCEF-HI Offers Free Lung Cancer Screenings for Acadiana Musicians

Benefit the Boogie logo

LCEF-HI is offering free lung cancer screenings for Acadiana musicians with funding provided by Benefit the Boogie.

Benefit the Boogie is an annual fundraiser that offers information about lung cancer and raises money to provide lung cancer screenings for Acadiana area musicians. The mission of Benefit the Boogie is to provide funds that will eliminate financial barriers between members of the local musical community and access to lung cancer information and screening tests, and also to create greater awareness of the risks musicians face to their health through workplace exposure to second hand smoke, with an emphasis on lung cancer risk factors, education, and early detection.

The screenings are ongoing and require an appointment. If you are a musician in the Acadiana area and you would like to schedule an appointment or get more information, contact LCEF-HI at 337-366-8970 and ask for Kathy or Julie, or email assist@culturaleconomy.org.


Greater New Orleans Foundation
We are proud to acknowledge and thank our generous sponsors.
You can help keep Louisiana’s culture alive by supporting LCEF.
Click here or call 504-895-2800.
Thank you to our generous LA Fête Lafayette Sponsors:
image Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation
5500 Prytania Street
Suite #403
New Orleans, LA 70115
Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation Healthcare Initiative
101 Jefferson St., Suite 100
Lafayette, LA 70501