ACA hopes to create a new Louisiana Music Museum in Lafayette


The Acadiana Arts Center is considering creating a new museum in Lafayette that would pay homage to the state’s rich musical culture and history.

The center is currently under contract to purchase the historic Lafayette hardware store at 121 W. Vermilion Street, just off the ACA. It would serve as a “new permanent home for the diverse histories of Louisiana music, told from a distinctly” Acadiana “point of view.

“The Old Hardware Store is one of the most classic and beautiful buildings in Lafayette, and we are excited to take the first steps towards its development as a new national destination for Louisiana music and culture lovers. Said AcA Executive Director Samuel Oliver.

Oliver said the ACA has secured funding to purchase the property from the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority and has started approaching partners to help make the total building renovation a reality. The total estimated cost of the project is estimated at $ 3.5 million, including property acquisition, design and engineering, construction and exhibition design.

ACA envisions the 10,000 square foot building, which is listed on the National Historic Register, serving both as a museum with daily visitors and as a functional Cajun / Creole dance hall, where visitors and locals can come together to celebrate the heritage of Louisiana’s musical heritage.

“While the establishment of such a museum, with Cajun and Creole music at its heart, has long been a dream come true for many in Acadiana’s cultural sector, we are confident that AcA’s current plan represents the best and most appropriate way to make it a reality, ”says Joshua Caffery, director of the UL Center for Louisiana Studies.

The ACA Board of Trustees has formed a committee to represent a diverse group of stakeholders and guide the development of the museum’s exhibits and programs once it opens. If you would like to serve on the committee, send an email to [email protected], where the committee will accept members as the project progresses.

Learn more about the plans here.

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