Cultural Districts

The Louisiana Cultural Districts Program was created by Act 298 of the 2007 Regular Session of the legislature. The primary goal of this initiative is to spark community revitalization based on cultural activity though tax incentives. The arts play a leading role in community revitalization and cultural districts are a way to build vibrant communities that lead to social and economic development 

The State of Louisiana has designated six communities in St. Landry Parish as Cultural Districts. Each designated area markets original, locally produced artwork tax free to the public. Local businesses post the official State of Louisiana Cultural Districts sign so that shoppers are able to see where tax free local art may be purchased.  Each of our five districts boasts their own unique flavor which is exhibited throughout the community and the participating businesses.

                                                                         

ARNAUDVILLE DEUX BAYOUS CULTURAL DISTRICT
In Arnaudville, a town of 1,400 residents located at the junction of Bayous Teche and Fuselier, “cultural economy” is not just a buzz phrase. In recent years, Arnaudville has become a haven for musicians, artists, dancers, writers, culinary experts and champions of the French language.  Louisiana French is spoken regularly by many residents of this town that was one of fourteen featured in the National Endowment for the Arts White Paper on Creative Placemaking.

Participating Businesses:
NUNU Arts & Culture Collective                                              
1510 Courtableau Rd. (LA 93)                 
Arnaudville, LA 70512                                              
337.453.3307                                           
www.nunucollective.org                              

The Belonging Studio
204 Fuselier Rd.
Arnaudville, LA 70512
337.754.5528
www.lorihenderson.com

The Little Big Cup
149 Fuselier Rd.
Arnaudville, LA 70512
337.754.7147

Vincent Darby's Art Studio
400 Canal St.
Arnaudville, LA 70512
337.754.7753
www.vincentdarby.com

William Lewis Studio
1013 Wilkins St.
Arnaudville, LA 70512
337.277.3184

Arnaudville Deux Bayous Cultural District Map (pdf)

EUNICE PRAIRIE CAJUN CULTURAL DISTRICT
Eunice is a lively city that actively celebrates its history and French culture, calling itself the Prairie Cajun Capital. Lying amid rice fields and crawfish ponds glistening in the sun and decorated with the colorful wildflowers of the prairie, the city of Eunice offers visitors the opportunity to learn the story of the area's extensive Cajun culture.
Eunice Prairie Cajun Cultural District Map (pdf)

GRAND COTEAU CULTURAL DISTRICT
The historic town of Grand Coteau is noted for its magnificent trees that form alleys, groves, and gardens. Within the district there are more than 70 structures designated as architecturally significant. Local gift and antique shops and restaurants are housed in these historic buildings. The town is also home to the Academy of the Sacred Heart and St. Charles College, which was founded in 1837 as a Jesuit boarding school, now serving as a seminary and spirituality center.

Participating businesses:
The Kitchen Shop & Tea Room
296 Martin Luther King Drive
Grand Coteau, LA 70541
337.662.3500

Grand Coteau Cultural District Map (pdf)

OPELOUSAS CULTURAL DISTRICT
Visitors to this lovely old city will be delighted by the architecture, the shaded streets, the wonderful cuisine and, of course, the music. Named the Home of Zydeco Music, Opelousas is also the birthplace of the King of Zydeco, Clifton Chenier.

Participating Buisnesses:
Back in Time
123 W. Landry
Opelousas, LA 70570
337.942.2413

Colors of Culture Studio - Jerome Ford
2334 W. Landry St.
Opelousas, LA 70570
337.212.2298 

Delta Grand Theatre
120 S. Market
Opelousas, LA 70570
337.407.1806
www.deltagrandtheatre.com

Farfallina 
129 W. Landry St.
Opelousas, LA 70570

337.308.1073

Java Square
103 W Landry St.
Opelousas, LA 70570

337.678.1055

Larry Primeaux Photography
Bella Noel Photography
209 S. Court St.
Opelouas,
 LA 70570
337.945.8102 

Sebastien Dupré Fine Jewelry
822 S Main St.
Opelousas, LA 70570

337.948.4367

Opelousas Cultural District Map (pdf)

SUNSET CULTURAL DISTRICT
The town has flourished in the past few years with small, entreprenurial business owners setting up antique markets, thrift shops, antique stores, fused glass art galleries and studios. Sunset participates in the Corridor des Arts tour that also runs through Arnaudville and Grand Coteau. Visitors can stop in to see artists at work in their studios and purchase tax free art pieces. By Louisiana Senate Resolution, Sunset was recently named the Zydeco Rubboard Capital of the World.

Participating Businesses:
Bayou Some Stuff
789 Napolean Ave.
Sunset, LA 70584
337.331.5577

Café Josephine
818 Napoleon Ave.
Sunset, LA 70584
337.662.0008

Handmade Metal Design and Secret Cypress
7588 Napoleon Ave.
Sunset, LA 70584
318.582.9014

Jerilyn's Fused Glass Studio
819 Napoleon Ave.
Sunset, LA 70584
337.662.5409

La Caboose
145 S. Budd St.
Sunset, LA 70584
337.662.5401

Sunset Antique Market & Auction House
151 Leo Richard Ln.
Sunset, LA 70584
337.212.2091

Sunset Rail Stop Flea Market
312 Anna St.
Sunset, LA 70584
337.662.1118

The Funky Flea
829-A Napoleon Ave.
Sunset, LA 70584
337.662.6222

The Glass Porch Studio
297 Pershing Hwy
Sunset, LA 70584
337.322.7906

Sunset Cultural District Map (pdf)

WASHINGTON CULTURAL DISTRICT

 Located on Bayou Courtableau, this once thriving steamboat town served as the largest port between New Orkeans and St. Louis. More than 80 percent of the structures are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Shoppers come from all over the gulf coast region to visit this town featuring antique shops in the historic downtown as well as a converted old school house