Structure:

    The Gonzales Committee on Cultural Affairs (GCCA) is supported by the infrastructure of the City of Gonzales.

    Purpose:

    GCCA promotes the City of Gonzales internationally and works as a liaison between various cultural entities, including but not limited to, festivals, schools, churches, art associations, businesses, restaurants, tourist attractions, and other institutions which comprise the culture of the city. Its purpose is to enhance the lives and environment of the citizens of Gonzales and the surrounding communities.

    Organization:

    The Committee is composed of a group of private citizens, and annually elects a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and other chairmen responsible for certain events and responsibilities such as publicity, trips, etc. The group meets every month and keeps accurate financial records and minutes of meetings.

    Mechanism:

    In even-numbered years, the City of Gonzales hosts a delegation from its twin city, Meylan, France. Gonzales citizens welcome old and new friends from Meylan to stay in their homes for an intimate experience of life in Gonzales, Louisiana. GCCA organizes a week of stimulating activities to immerse visitors into the fascinating local culture. In odd-numbered years, Meylan, beautifully surrounded by the magnificent French Alps, likewise hosts a delegation from Gonzales.

    Logo:

    Meylan is located in what was the royal, Dauphine province of France. GCCA’s logo is a combination of a symbol of the Meylan region (the dolphin) and a symbol of Gonzales (the jambalaya pot).

    Result:

    The societies of Gonzales and Meylan are mutually benefitted and enriched through hosting. During annual exchanges, incredible places are discovered, new ideas are formed, and lifelong friendships are made.