Jacques Arnaud French Studies Collective is part of the NuNu's Arts and Culture Collective that has brought many activities and visitors to the Arnaudville community. There is empowerment through cultural advocacy, creative thinking, partnership and project development.
It started with La Table Française d’Arnaudville on June 24, 2006, because Mavis Arnaud Frugé believed that people would come and participate. When she was pressed for a reason why folks should come, she said: “We’ll bait them.” Mavis donned her chef’s hat and fried beignets on the banks of Bayou Teche and over one hundred participants arrived and were thrilled with the event.
Offering hot coffee and pastries, Mavis continues to work at preserving her culture and her French language. On Saturday, September 27, 2008, Mavis brought jacks and marbles and questioned the group about the games of their childhood. The participation was remarkable. The brioche and the coffee was delicious!
Always the last Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon, La Table Française d’Arnaudville is located at NuNu's in the Singleton Lumber Building on Highway 93 in Arnaudville. The event is always a fun gathering of French-speaking people. Come enjoy breakfast en francais where we try to speak only French. Sometimes, La Bourre is played or songs are sung — in French, of course. Learn a French “word of the day.” There are always interesting people to meet. It’s easy to get hooked on this event!
There is much more. On Thursdays at NuNu's there is quilting en francais! On the fourth Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m., there is La Table Française Chez J. Michael Morrow Nursing Home. Navigate around Arnaudville using public signage en français. Parents and children can shop for fruit and vegetables and enjoy cross generational learning in French, of course!
Another successful program for the last 15 years is the LSU Ubaye Project where the LSU students spend 5 weeks
in French Alps, the area where Jausiers is located. Jausiers is the town twinned with Arnaudville and the birthplace of Jacques Arnaud.
The Jacques Arnaud French Studies Collective with Directors Mavis Arnaud Frugé, Loretta Bourque, Amanda LaFleur, Jill Hackney, Jane Tardo, Candide Wyble and all other directors, will continue to work to preserve the culture and the language of Arnaudville and the neighboring communities.