Folk music project to enhance the musical experience of schoolchildren

VERMILION PARISH – To enhance the culturally rich experiences in 2022, the children of Vermilion Parish now have a folk roots music project, or “LET GO OF THE MUSIC IN VERMILION”,
supervised by the Supervisor of Fine Arts and French Immersion, Madeline DeHart.

According to Abbeville Meridional and Develop Vermilion, this project will be the only of its kind in the state and will be funded by a $ 7,500 grant recently awarded to the Vermilion Arts Council of the Louisiana Division of the Arts through Acadiana. Center for the Arts. With matching funds provided by the Kaplan Arts Council, the Vermilion Arts Council and the Al Berard Memorial Fund, the program will have $ 12,500 available to revitalize musical culture among the youth of the parish.

Dehart says, “Initially it all started as an after-school violin club at LeBlanc Elementary School, but due to the growing interest in French immersion programs throughout the parish, the popularity of “Let go” is also spreading. Nearly 80 students from five of our parish schools will receive Louisiana folk music and Louisiana French instruction each week.

The five parish schools and instructors participating in this culturally enriching experience are:

  • Jason Harrington and Lauren Schexnayder – fiddler at LeBlanc Elementary School
  • Christ Vincent and Madeline DeHart – Guitar to Rene Rost Middle and Gueydan High
  • Kylie Griffin – Erath Middle Fiddlers and Zydeco Band
  • Justin Simon and Ryan Abshire – JH Williams Guitar in Abbeville

Folk roots music and the teaching of French will help preserve the rich heritage that Southern Louisians celebrate as a culture.

As the pandemic has cut off some of their opportunities to teach the next generation about our rich culture, this project, “Keep Music in Vermilion” will go a long way in expanding the cultural livelihoods formed through language, dance and music. music.

Upcoming events to plan:

In the spring of 2022, Vermilion Parish Schools will reintroduce a revival of the parish-wide dance jamboree with a new name and direction. ‘Fais do do’ parish will invite all grade 3 students from Vermilion parish

Schools engage in a Cajun waltz, a two-step Zydeco line dance from Louisiana, among others.

Stay informed by joining the Vermilion French Immersion group page on Facebook.

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