Downtown Lafayette will have a new mural adding some vibrant color and special meaning to Jefferson Street. Local artist Hannah Gumbo is the talent behind the mural. She was inspired by her love and the special memories she carries for Lafayette and our unique culture. The mural will feature a local musician, symbols of downtown festivals, and even some of Acadiana’s favorite snacks.

Hannah’s love and passion for Lafayette go deep. Hannah shared with KATC that when she was growing up she and visiting downtown they would go to the library every single week. She said they would grab some food from Dwyer’s and walk around. She added that becoming an artist added even more memories as she would go to Art Walk and Festival International every year.

Hannah Gumbo's biography on her Facebook reads: "I was raised on cornbread & milk, Paw Paws & Maw Maws with a Cajun tongue, & a large family of colorful characters that fought as hard as they loved. These Acadian roots stretch deep & wide in my heart, influencing all the work that I put my hands to."

The mural was commissioned on the side of the building where Pop’s Poboys is located thanks to the Downtown Development Authority and the property owner. Anita Begnaud, CEO of the Downtown Development Authority told KATC that they wanted to support a local artist during these hard times. Begnaud says they wanted to be able to financially support someone that is adored and someone they want to make sure thrives in our community. At the same time, providing something beautiful and vibrant for our community to enjoy.

It’s very inspiring and nice to be able to bring my artwork to them. Normally I would be able to set up for Art Walk or things like that that have been canceled so just having that connection point where people can enjoy the work but also see the process and it kind of integrates in their day to day and their weekly routine is kind of cool. - Hannah

The mural is expected to be complete next week.