Leadership EXCEL class studies art, culture, history

CROWLEY – The first session for the 2008-09 class began on Wednesday October 15 at City Hall.

Allison Clarke, Board Member, welcomed participants, outlining the agenda for the day and reviewing the goal for the session: to understand the role and economic impact of art, culture, and history in Acadiana. Other Board Members coordinating the day’s activities were: Jill Habetz, Board Chairperson,

Cynthia Hoffpauir, Jeff Davis Business Alliance President, and Peggy Sandidge, EXCEL coordinator

Participants viewed a video on the J.D. Miller Recording Studio and enjoyed a brief tour of the other museums.

Leaving City Hall, the group was given a presentation on the history of the Opera House, along with a tour, by the Executive Director Kim Gattle. The next stop was at The Gallery where Shirley Griffin told about how local artists and crafts people work together to promote art in the community.

Arriving at Crystal Rice Plantation, the class members enjoyed touring the museums located there: the Antique Car Museum and Blue Rose Museum. During lunch, Diane Hoffpauer showed a film on the economic endeavors in progress.

The group traveled to Jennings to visit the Tupper Museum, after which they went to the Zigler Museum. After viewing the impressive art work, Burt Tetje, Executive Director for SPARC gave a power point presentation on plans to build an Energy Museum and provide a new location for the Zigler Museum at the Oil & Gas Park in Jennings.

Leadership EXCEL is sponsored by the Crowley Chamber of Commerce and the Jeff Davis Business Alliance.

The next session will be Education/Economic Development on November 19.

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