LAFAYETTE – Newly hired ACA Executive Director Sam Oliver is excited to begin working back in Acadiana.
The South Louisiana native, currently working in a similar role at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, has plenty of goals in mind, starting with meeting and re-meeting culturally minded people throughout Acadiana.
“I want to meet artists from all eight parishes that we serve,” remarks Oliver, “I want to meet the audiences in all eight parishes. And I want to build the relationships that the ACA really depends on.”
Oliver also believes that school should be more than how good one’s test scores are, which means building more on the work ACA has done to encourage art and music programs in Acadiana.
Explains Oliver, “The ACA has done a great job of bringing that to Lafayette Parish School Systems and I would love to see that deepen and expand and impact other parish school systems as well, as well as charters and any other private schools.”
Utilizing innovative technology, such as Project Lola (the low latency streaming system that allows musicians to play together across the world without a delay), is just one of the ways that Oliver says the ACA is using to educate and spread the rich culture of this area.
Adds Oliver, “It’s amazing technology and it’s amazing that that technology is at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, of all places; not just in the United States but in Louisiana.”
All in all, Sam Oliver wants the ACA to be a place for people of all backgrounds and interests to come and be positively impacted.
“I would love to see the ACA really begin to describe it’s place in the community as really touching every person in some way,” says Oliver.
He officially begins as ACA Executive Director on October 29th.