It's an amazing time for Basin Arts in Lafayette. Today Governor John Bel Edwards was on hand to help cut the ribbon for the new home of the Lafayette non-profit organization.

Ravi Daggula, Clare Cook & Governor John Bel Edwards
Photo courtesy of Paul Kieu
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A local property developer, Ravi Daggula, along with his investment groups is really making an investment in the Northside of Lafayette by buying the property of a church to be the new home of Basin Arts.

Ribbon Cutting at Basin Arts
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What Is Basin Arts?

Basin Arts is a space for creative people to come together in one space to collaborate. It's a way to bring our creative culture to everyone in the community through affordable classes and events. The new space for Basin Arts will be the former House of Faith Gospel Church on Jefferson Street.

Governor John Bel Edwards, Ravi Daggula, & Clare Cook 2
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This new location will offer even more space for the various programs and collaborations that are already available through Basin Arts.

Who Started Basin Arts?

Basin Arts was founded by choreographer Clare Cook.

Ribbon Cutting at Basin Arts 2
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What Are the Plan for the New Facility?

The plans for the new facility include a performance space in the church. There will also be additional areas that will be utilized for art and dance in the building adjacent to the church.

Governor John Bel Edwards, Ravi Daggula, & Clare Cook
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One of the board members of Basin Arts, photographer Paul Kieu, had the following to say about this amazing project,

On behalf of the board, I can definitely say we're excited to have this project to look forward to. It's been in the works for a few months, and with the governor's visit today, it felt more real than ever that the project is finally taking off.

Governor John Bel Edwards & Clare Cook
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The goal of Basin Arts is to bring all the different kinds of creativity from the many generations in our community together to collaborate.

State Senator Gerald Boudreaux
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Kieu says Governor Edwards, State Senator Gerald Boudreaux, and Monique Bouet of the Acadiana Planning Commission all spoke on the "importance of projects like this in bringing creative energy and movement into the neighborhoods on the Northside of Lafayette.

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