News Release

CREATE Cultural Economy Initiative Hosting Strategy Session
Posted: 10/4/2018 5:00 PM

Public Invited to Open Office Hours or Programmed Lunch

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 a CREATE Strategy Session during the international Music Cities Convention in Lafayette next week. The event will be held Friday, October 12 at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, located at 101 W. Vermilion Street.

At the Strategy Session, stakeholders of the cultural economy initiative known as CREATE (Culture, Recreation, Entertainment, Arts, Tourism and Economy) have three options to participate:

  • Open Office Hours (9 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. – 4 p.m.)
    • One-on-one or small group discussion about CREATE strategies to provide input and share experiences relevant to the mission of CREATE. The public can also make an appointment during this time by emailing
  • Lunch Presentation (12 p.m. – 1 p.m.)
    • Lunchtime presentation for general interest about CREATE for those with limited knowledge of CREATE or who do not wish to provide input.
      RSVP is required at (seats are limited)
  • Online Participation (Starting October 15 at
    • An online version of the Open Office Hours and an opportunity to provide feedback.

The CREATE Strategy Session will share the vision, mission and key strategies of CREATE based on local citizen input regarding the culture and recreation needs and assets in Lafayette Parish. This work is a culmination of previous public outreach and input provided through the comprehensive plan, PlanLafayette, Parks and Recreation Strategic Planning, Cultural Economic Impact Studies, more than 400 stakeholder meetings, monthly CREATE meetings, online surveys and many other efforts before and since the CREATE initiative was announced.
According to Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux, who launched CREATE in 2017, the broad mission of CREATE is to strengthen and support the local cultural economy. Through the course of the last few months, CREATE stakeholders have been compiling the goals and efforts of a multitude of community cultural organizations while also identifying cultural gaps that can be filled by CREATE and the culture and recreation partners in Lafayette Parish. “The mission, vision and key strategies of the CREATE initiative are a big step in creating the community to-do list we need. With this, we can begin prioritizing and implementing a thoughtful investment strategy driven by return on investment and growing our economy in new and meaningful ways,” stated Robideaux.

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 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 economic prosperity.

For more information on CREATE, please visit or ​