Local News: Running Home

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Next week is my last big flight of the year for AHU. Another trip down to Louisiana, this time to my own hometown, to spread the word about Relay of Voices, build connections, and hopefully rally some (financial!) support for this huge endeavor.

On November 8th, I’m hosting an “evening”—And you are asking, as did Theresa Schmidt San Miguel of local NBC affiliate KPLC-TV, what does THAT mean? An evening? Well, perhaps, in classic Southwest Louisiana style, the evening of Thursday, November 8th will be a mix of things, including cocktail party (why not?), presentation with slides, dance performance, reunion. In my head, I don’t see why all those things cannot coexist!? And yet, I do think I did a poor job of explaining it in my interview with Theresa that just aired two nights ago on KPLC-TV.

Regardless, I’m really appreciative to Theresa for taking the time to ask the questions and share the project and our goals with the Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana communities. It was also great to see those old photos from the work I did ten years ago in Lake Charles on a project called Poor Pony—near and dear to my heart! Together with Lauren Moore and Jody Taylor, we invented Halloween Pub Crawls and Arts and Music Festivals for our hometown…

And from what I can see, Lake Charles doesn’t need Poor Pony anymore—things are growing and rockin’ and there’s so much creative energy. I only hope I can share this new work I am pursuing with the people who helped shape and launch me into this arts career, and perhaps we can bring some of these ideas about connecting through the river and the water to Southwest Louisiana—for as the river flows, so too the waters of Louisiana, all are connected.

Victoria Bradford