BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Louisiana and a province in Canada signed an agreement that will combine both places’ shared cultural ties in a new initiative.

A cultural memorandum of understanding between the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL) and the Province of New Brunswick, Canada was signed at Capitol Park Museum in downtown Baton Rouge Thursday. The agreement establishes the Louisiana-New Brunswick Cultural Initiative, according to the office of the lieutenant governor.

“In 2019, I visited New Brunswick for the Acadian World Congress. After experiencing a culture and art scene much like ours in Louisiana, it was easy to recognize the value that artists, cultural businesses, and the uniqueness of communities have on the economic growth in both our state and New Brunswick. By strengthening our cultural connections we can create opportunities for further economic growth between our two regions,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser.

In the collaboration, Louisiana and New Brunswick aims to expand cultural markets and increase opportunities for artists and businesses, according to Nungesser. Both places showcase their culture through galleries, museums, historic places and performance venues.

“We have shared many historical, cultural, and economic ties for a very long time,” said Province of New Brunswick Tourism, Heritage, and Culture Minister Tammy Scott-Wallace. “This agreement will strengthen our relationship while benefiting the many talented artists and craftspeople in our communities.”

The lieutenant governor’s office said under the agreement both places will make an inventory of cultural links, identify differences and similarities of economic activities, and work to foster partnerships between both places’ heritage sites and museums.

There will be two phases in the initiative, according to Nungesser’s office — one to identify common principles to guide efforts in determining priorities and opportunities and another to detail the status of identified priorities and opportunities and develop a timeline.

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