News Release

CREATE Initiative Hosts Meeting with McComb-Veazey Coterie and Cultural District
Posted: 9/10/2018 11:00 AM
 Attendees Invited to the Brass Room for Blue Monday with Live Music

As part of the ongoing efforts to build and support Lafayette’s authentic culture to further diversify and strengthen the local economy, Mayor-President Joel Robideaux invites the public to the monthly stakeholder meeting of the cultural economy initiative, known as CREATE (Culture, Recreation, Entertainment, Arts, Tourism and Economy). The meeting, on Monday, Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m., is co-sponsored and located at the Brass Room (1301 Surrey St.) with the McComb-Veazey Coterie.

This month’s meeting will offer an opportunity to hear CREATE updates as well as recent successes for the McComb-Veazey Neighborhood Coterie and new Cultural District with Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux, Coterie Chairwoman Tina Shelvin Bingham and Melinda Taylor with Habitat for Humanity. Attendees are invited to stay after the meeting to experience Blue Monday at the Brass Room, a cultural institution in Lafayette.

“Through CREATE, we hope to bring attention to some of our existing cultural assets and institutions, such as the Brass Room’s long-standing Blue Monday tradition that combines food, music and community. These ongoing monthly meetings also allow us to check-in with those in Lafayette Parish who are driving, supporting or celebrating our culture and recreation, such as the new McComb-Veazey Cultural District and Neighborhood Coterie,” stated Robideaux.

The Sept. 17 gathering is part of a monthly series of public meetings designed to involve citizens in Lafayette’s cultural and recreational assets to reach community potential. In 2017, community interviews and meetings were facilitated with citizens providing input which is helping to shape CREATE, including citizen suggestions to establish monthly meetings. Those who cannot attend this meeting and would like to set up their own meeting to discuss CREATE are encouraged to email or visit​ to learn more.

Robideaux unveiled CREATE at his 2017 Annual Address to bring attention to the importance of the local cultural and recreational economy. Since then, Lafayette Parish voters approved $500,000 in annual funding for CREATE. This important initiative will celebrate, support and grow the Lafayette Parish’s creative community and enhance its potential as a lead economic driver.

Studies show that the local culture provides for the second largest economy and employer in Lafayette Parish. Through sustained focus, CREATE aims to further galvanize and diversify commerce associated with artistic, cultural and recreational opportunities in the area for more jobs and greater community economic growth.

For more information on CREATE, please visit or