The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana directly promotes and supports Acadiana's unique musical culture by providing instruments, master teachers and music scholarships to students of all ages as well as funding for community based organizations that support our rich musical community and promote our culture in southwest Louisiana. Over $55,000 have been granted to these types of organizations across Louisiana. Read more and Donate here.
$1,880 was granted to Woodvale Elementary for "French Week". Students were immersed in the French language, as well as Cajun Music and Art.
$500 was granted to "Les Etoiles de Louisane". This young Lafayette singing group will travel to New Foundland in June. They will sing with a choir from L’École des Grands-Vents, a francophone school in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Visit https://lesetoiles.exchange/
$2,000 granted Acadiana Center for the Arts in support of Project LoLA: Art + Technology Experiment. Louisiana Folk Roots and Old Fiddlers' Association will teach youth from Lafayette and Chattanooga, Tenn. a song specific to their respective region, including a Cajun or Creole song and an old-time fiddle tune. READ MORE
The Al Berard Memorial Music Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana is a proud sponsor of the 2017-2018 LA Folk Roots Kids Camp.
Proud Sponsor of the Talented Arts Booster (TAB) for the annual Talented Arts Festival and to support the Lafayette Parish Talented Arts programs. (Click Here for more).
$1,500 was granted to the Tipitina’s Foundation Inc. for the Tipitina’s Music Office Cooperative in Lafayette. Click here for more.
The new "Music Instrument Library" program received a $2,000 grant. Read more!
$5,000 grant to Le Reveil du Francais which directly supports the French Immersion program in St. Martin Parish.
$1,000 was granted to the Threadhead Cultural Foundation to promote the cultural heritage of New Orleans through grants and assistance to musicians, artists, and others involved in endeavors relating to music and other artistic expressions whose work is in the tradition of preserving, promoting and disseminating the cultural heritage of New Orleans and the surrounding area of Louisiana. Read More
We are so happy to share photos of the people in our community and Acadiana who have benefited from the the Al Berard Memorial Music Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana. The fund was able to grant money to local schools for music education, as well as The Shining Light Foundation, Tipitina's Co-Op (Lafayette), Louisiana Folk Roots Summer Kids Camp, Lafayette Parish Gifted & Talented Program Arts Booster (TAB), St. Martin Parish Schools, NuNus Arts & Culture Collective, Threadhead Cultural Foundation, and many other organizations.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to this fund online please visit our secure sight by clicking here.
For contributions by mail, please make checks payable to:
Community Foundation of Acadiana with "Al Berard Memorial Fund” in the memo and mail to 1035 Camellia Blvd., Ste. 100, Lafayette, LA 70508.