Check out the Gulf Coast Marketplace theme song written by Barry Chauvin, CEO, Options for Independence and produced by Pershing Wells. Waylon Thibodeaux plays the fiddle and Matthew Chauvin is on vocals.
Gulf Coast Marketplace Theme Song
Gulf Coast Marketplace founder and Options for Independence CEO, Barry Chauvin, featured in upcoming BP community recovery videoPosted: April 27, 2012 | |
BP recently began developing a video featuring the outstanding community recovery work led by Options for Independence and their CEO, Barry Chauvin. Options for Independence is a not-for-profit social services agency based in Houma, Louisiana. Options provides crisis counseling, workforce development and other solutions designed to assist individuals and families impacted by disaster and experiencing barriers to success in Louisiana.
Options has helped individuals and families impacted by hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Gustov. Most recently they have been very involved with community recovery projects throughout Louisiana as a result of the Gulf Coast oil spill disaster.
In September 2011, Options for Independence launched the Gulf Coast Marketplace, an e-commerce solution for community recovery. The Gulf Coast Markeplace is a web platform designed to help Louisiana artists, craftsmen and micro-enterprises deliver their products to a global market.
Leadership from Louisiana businesses and economic development serve on the advisory panel for the Gulf Coast Marketplace and BP contributes as a major sponsor for the community recovery project. In addition, a team of graduate students from the University of New Orleans College of Business is also assisting Options for Independence by providing business development strategy for the project.
The BP video will feature some of the artists that have benefitted from the Gulf Coast Marketplace. Learn more about the many artists, craftsmen and micro-enterprises featured in the project on BayouResilience.com.
The Gulf Coast Marketplace is now accepting vendor applications for its first live festival. The Gulf Coast Marketplace Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th, 2012 at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center (see flyer below). The festival will celebrate Louisiana’s unique culture and heritage, featuring handcrafted items by artists and craftsmen.
The indoor festival will also feature food, live music and a song-writers contest (look for details in the near future).
Each 10′ x 10′ vendor booth can be leased for $170. Gulf Coast Marketplace vendors recieve a $20 discount. Limited space is available. Vendors will be allowed to share booths.
For more information about the Gulf Coast Marketplace Festival contact Brandi LeCompte, 985-438-1231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out this video post from Gulf Coast Marketplace artist, Joycelyn, Boudreaux, Copperhead Studios, Inc.
Follow the Gulf Coast Marketplace on Twitter @gulfcoastmarket
Meet the artists featured on BayouResilience.com and on the Gulf Coast Marketplace
In June 2012, the Gulf Coast Marketplace, an e-commerce solution for community recovery, will host its first live festival featuring the talents of Louisiana artists, craftsmen, authors, musicians and other micro-enterprises. The indoor festival will feature art, crafts, live music and food and will take place on June 23rd and June 24th at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center.
The Gulf Coast Marketplace, @gulfcoastmarket, is being developed as a virtual festival to help celebrate and deliver the talents of Louisiana artists, craftsmen and micro-enterprises to a global market. In addition to introducing a unique culture and heritage to the world, the Gulf Coast Marketplace is one important element of a 3-tiered community recovery program led by Options for Independence to bring income into households that have experienced economic challenge.
The mission of the Gulf Coast Marketplace is to contribute to community recovery by providing opportunities for economic growth and financial independence to individuals and families, especially those impacted by disaster.
Gulf Coast Marketplace artists will receive a discount to participate in the festival. Anyone interested in joining the Gulf Coast Marketplace as a vendor should contact Brandi LeCompte at email@example.com.
“From California to Cocodrie” is a “chock-a-block full” cook-book compiled by Marion Haines Duplantis of Houma, Louisiana. Marion’s collection consists of 750 tried-and-true recipes.
Marion grew up in Southern California near the San Bernardino Mountains, where she first learned to cook at the age of twelve. Marion moved to South Louisiana with her family when she was eighteen. That’s where she discovered Cajun cooking. This book is a compilation of Marion’s favorite recipes that she has collected from coast-to-coast.
The mission of The Gulf Coast Marketplace is to contribute to community recovery by providing opportunities for economic growth and financial independence to individuals and families, especially those impacted by disaster.
The Gulf Coast Marketplace is being developed as a virtual festival to help celebrate and deliver the talents of Louisiana artists, craftsmen and micro-enterprises to a global market.
In addition to turning Louisiana’s fallen trees into one-of-a-kind bowls and vases, John Barrios crafts pens from deer antler and brass shell casing. Sportsman appreciate the craftsmanship of these unique conversation pieces.
John is one of many Louisiana artists, craftsmen, authors, musicians and micro-enterprises now featured on the Gulf Coast Marketplace – e-commerce solution for community recovery.
John’s handcrafted keepsakes are available on the Gulf Coast Marketplace.
Artist Christy Works-Bouttee created an original painting commemorating West Jefferson Medical Center’s 50th anniversary of service to the community. The painting raised $2,600 for the West Jefferson Hospital Foundation at the medical center’s 50th Anniversary Gala and is now available in limited edition, signed and numbered prints on the Gulf Coast Marketplace.
As a charitable support organization for West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, Louisiana, the West Jefferson Hospital Foundation is dedicated to raising private funds to enhance patient care. Proceeds from the sale of the print help to support the mission of the foundation.
Here’s information about the artist from her website, www.artbychristy.com:
It is often said that greatness is forged through adversity, and the rise of the talented young artist, Christy Works-Boutte exemplifies this philosophy. A childhood illness led to Christy’s loss of hearing at the age of one. Subsequently, many observers and critics of her work attribute her rapid artistic maturity to this loss of hearing and the many obstacles she has had to overcome. Christy’s determination as a young girl and unwavering belief in herself has continued throughout her career, and led to many successes as an artist.
Christy’s first exposure to school and art classes began at the age of three when she attended Chinchuba Institute for the Deaf in New Orleans. However, her desire to attend a normal hearing school led Christy to St. Cletus in Gretna, and later to graduate from Archbishop Blenk High School where she continued to develop as an artist. Her love of and passion for art grew while attending the world-renowned Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida. There she developed a strong artistic style, and in 2000, became the school’s first deaf student to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Christy’s love of vibrant colors and the ability to create harmony using thick oil paints has become a trademark of her paintings. Being chosen by her hometown, Gretna, Louisiana, as the artist for the Gretna Heritage Festival is one of the highlights of her career. She has enjoyed creating the posters for the festival every year since 2003. Since then, she has gone on to create posters for the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience, The International Grand Isle Tarpon Rodeo, The Jean Lafitte Seafood Festival, and other including the Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival which was named the “Best Festival Poster” of 2008 by the Louisiana Association of Fair and Festivals. Her distinctive style can be seen throughout her work including her “Love That…”series, many festival posters, variations on the Fleur de Lis and other New Orleans and Louisiana inspired pieces. All of Christy’s paintings continue to be works from the heart where she states they are “from my heart to yours.”
Visit Christy’s website at www.artbychristy.com.
The West Jefferson Hospital Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity which provides financial support to West Jefferson Medical Center. It is a legally separate entity from West Jefferson Medical Center and serves as a charitable support organization operated exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes within the meaning of 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, or the corresponding provision of any future United States tax code.
In addition to celebrating Louisiana’s unique artists, culture and micro-enterprises, the Gulf Coast Marketplace is available to assist not-for-profit organizations to achieve their missions, like that of the West Jefferson Hospital Foundation. Scroll through BayouResilience.com for background on my of the artists now featured on the Gulf Coast Marketplace.
“While the BP spill might have been the catalyst to get the Gulf Coast Marketplace started, I think it’s an idea we’re going to see a lot more of in the coming years. As the world continues to become more globally focused, I believe that consumers are becoming increasingly ‘village conscious’, trying to make decisions that will benefit the areas closest to where they live. The Gulf Coast Marketplace allows consumers to make specific, locally-beneficial decisions that will in-turn help them to preserve much of what they love about the region in which they live. Additionally, the Gulf Coast Marketplace gives local artisans the opportunity to do something that big, mega corporations can’t do. They can give their products a face. And the face is their own. When you buy a product from the Gulf Coast Marketplace, you know you are making a one-to-one deal that directly benefits the person from whom you are buying it,” — Fred Peer, CEO, N.O. Brew