MARCH 8, 2008 - Grant Street Dancehall

Grinder: Creative Arts Expo is Saturday March 8th 2008 at Grant Street Dancehall (website | map). Doors open at 8pm.

Table registration for exhibitors is also open, please download and print this PDF form and mail it in.

What is Grinder? It's a highly unique visual arts experience designed to promote and expand the local arts community. It features an expo style marketplace and a live art show on the main stage.

1. COOL STUFF: The Grinder marketplace features a large variety of creative stuff including comics, jewelry, paintings, fashion, films, poetry, zines, fiction, prints, t-shirts, posters, music, photography, drawings, sculpture, illustration, design, and more!

: Grinder is one of the most unique arts events in Lafayette. Watch our team of artists paint and draw live on stage and take home an original piece of art from the show for a great price. The live art is fueled by incredible grooves from DJ Rus and two live drummers. You will be inspired.

3. NETWORKING: Meet like-minded creative types and expand your network of friends and colleagues. Pick up a few new tricks or share a few of your own. Grinder is all about coming together to grow and promote the creative community.

4. LIFE IS SHORT: You don't enjoy it as often as you should. Grinder is only 3 times a year and it starts early (8pm). So clear your schedule and call a few friends. Head out to Art Walk at 6pm and walk down to Grant Street when Art Walk ends. You'll be glad you did.

EXHIBIT: Reserve a table and exhibit your creative work. Table registration information is available on the website.

STAPLE AND TAPE: We'll soon have posters and flyers available for download. Feel free to print as many as you'd like and distribute them accordingly.

VOLUNTEER: Grinder is a huge event with a very long list of things that need to get done. If you'd like to help, please contact us by email:

GOSSIP: Getting the word out on such an unusual event is hard work. If you'd like to help, please consider telling as many people as you can. Our goal is to get bigger and better with every single event, and we'll need your help to get there.

REMEMBER: We do encourage you to spread the word to friends and family by email, MySpace, etc. But please be respectful and avoid bulk spamming and annoying people with this information. Everyone hates spam.

Grinder is held every 4 months at Grant Street Dancehall (info, map) in Downtown Lafayette. Doors open at 8pm, immediately after the second Saturday Art Walk. The next Grinder is March 8th, 2008. Future shows are set for July 12th and November 8th of 2008. Mark your calendars NOW!

Since our event is hosted by Grant Street Dancehall, you must be 18 years or older to attend. Admission is $5 at the door. This is an expensive event to organize, the $5 allows us to hire musicians, buy art supplies and rent tables and other equipment we need for the night. Please don't hate.

For more information, updates and changes, visit the official Grinder website every couple of weeks at or you can sign up for our newsletter by sending an email to with the word NEWSLETTER in the subject line.

Grinder is the result of a coffee shop brainstorm session with Kody Chamberlain and Rob Guillory. Contributors and collaborators include Andrew Thibodeaux, Burt Durand, Robyn Patterson, Bryan Jock, Ryan LeFleur, Catherine Fontenot, Mary Hymel, Dave Maraist, Chris Broussard, and Collin Galyean. A sincere thanks to Grant Street Dancehall for hosting the event. They're good people.

Inspirations include the Antigravity Media Expo in New Orleans hosted by Leo McGovern (thanks Leo), live art shows hosted by Dave Crosland and Jim Mahfood, and everyone that's shared ideas and input from the last few Grinder shows.