Mavis Arnaud Frugé, Beloved Proponent of French in Louisiana, Awarded the Palmes Académiques
Mavis Frugé, founding member of the NUNU Art and Culture Collective with George Marks, was named Knight of the Order of the Palmes Académiques by the French government for her exceptional merit in promoting French in Louisiana.
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The Consul General awarded the Palmes to Mavis Frugé during an emotional and moving ceremony, in the presence of the Lieutenant Governor, Jay Dardenne, before numerous members of state representatives and honored attendees at the Louisiana Culture Awards. This year’s event was held at the State Capitol Museum.
Mavis Frugé, who hosts an extraordinary "French Table" in Arnaudville, is a proud and admirable speaker of "Louisiana French". As modest as she is energetic, she has contributed, through NUNU, its volunteers and the local authorities of St. Landry Parish, to making Arnaudville one of the most dynamic centers in the francophone renewal of Louisiana.
The Mayor of Paris has even experienced the invigoration of Lafayette and Arnaudville, and attended a spirited event at NUNU on March 30 to honor the conference of international francophone mayors (AIMF) in Louisiana.
Congratulations to Mavis, for her indefatigable work, her strength, and her faith in the francophone culture and spirit of our state!