This is an excerpt from Megan Wyatt’s article “Acadiana Center for the Arts to collect stories of impact with ‘Raise Your Voice'” for The Advocate.
Lafayette businessman Corey Jack’s Raise Your Voice Moment happened last year.
The Mamou native had limited experiences with the arts growing up, and he didn’t have a good understanding of what “the arts” even meant until he participated in Leadership Lafayette.
Jack learned that the arts can include everything from paintings and poetry to music and dance. He realized the artists who spoke with the Leadership Lafayette class that day had the same entrepreneurial spirit he has.
“I realized they pour their heart into their art and craft and product just like I care deeply about my services and what I provide to clients,” Jack said. “I saw the similarities, and I began to appreciate it. What really drove it home for me was seeing how art could help kids from low-income areas and show them talent they might not even know they have. I began seeing art as something that could teach kids or be a side hustle or a hobby or a career.”
Participate in Raise Your Voice, make a donation or learn more at acadianacenterforthearts.org/support/raiseyourvoice.