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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Photos from PaintFest 2017


Thank you to everyone who attended PaintFest on Saturday! We had an amazing turn out of artists who helped us create two murals for Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women & Children. Many participants created their own original works of art to take home, and we loved seeing their creativity.




A tremendous thank you to Tulane Health System's Arts in Medicine program for partnering with GRFA for this special event. We are thrilled to share in their mission of recognizing the integral role arts play in healing the spirit and transforming the hospital experience.

Julie Connelly, coordinator of the Arts in Medicine program, said of the event, "PaintFest this year was absolutely wonderful! We had a great turn out from the community, and the patients that were able to participate had a blast."






Friday, July 14, 2017

Join us for PaintFest 2017!




Saturday, July 22
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children
Cafeteria
4700 S I-10 Service Road W, Metairie, LA 70001


In partnership with Tulane Health System's Arts in Medicine program, GRFA is pleased to present PaintFest 2017!

PaintFest is a fun, FREE event for the entire family with creative painting opportunities for all. Arts in Medicine welcomes the general public to join patients and their families for a morning of artistic fun.

  • Enjoy painting a pre-designed Blue Dog mural which will be displayed in the hospital
  • Create your own work of art on a blank canvas
  • Enter a raffle to win a set of books about artist George Rodrigue
  • And more!






Tulane Health System recognizes the integral role of arts in healing the spirit and transforming the hospital experience. Because of this, the Arts in Medicine program was started in May 2010 to provide arts-related workshops, activities and performances for patients, their caregivers, and staff.

AIM recognizes the integral role of the arts in healing the spirit and transforming the treatment experience. A creative outlet helps to reduce stress, anxiety, boredom and the perception of pain.


Did you know?


GRFA appreciates the role of arts in healing as artist George Rodrigue found his love for making art while bedridden with Polio as a young child. It was during this time that Rodrigue first picked up a paintbrush and explored his creative side. From his experience, he knew the importance art can have in a child's life and founded GRFA in 2009 on this very notion.





Friday, July 7, 2017

New Orleans Aioli Dinner Announced





The Aioli Dinner Supper Club invites you to celebrate the arts with a unique four-course wine dinner at the fabulous New Orleans home of Alexa Pulitzer & Seth Levine on October 5, 2017!

This unique culinary experience inspired by George Rodrigue's iconic "Aioli Dinner" painting supports the arts in education initiatives of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.




October 5, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 PM
at the Home of Alexa Pulitzer & Seth Levine
New Orleans, LA


Co-hosted by 
Alexa Pulitzer & Seth Levine
and
Christa & Matt Schwartz


Cuisine by
Chef Justin Devillier



Winner of James Beard Award: Best Chef South 2016
Owner of La Petite Grocery and Balise Restaurants







Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Shreveport Aioli Dinner Announced




The Aioli Dinner Supper Club is returning to the beautiful Frierson Plantation this fall in Shreveport! In 2016, this Shreveport Aioli Dinner was one of our largest with over 130 guests.

Join us for a wine-paired, four-course meal inspired by George Rodrigue's iconic "Aioli Dinner" painting. This unique culinary experience supports the arts in education initiatives of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.







October 7, 2017
Shreveport, LA
Frierson Plantation


Featuring


Special "Aioli Dinner Brew" courtesy of 

Afterparty with whiskey tasting and cigars



Purchase tickets before September 7 and get a special discounted rate!







Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Student Exhibit Opens Today in Shreveport





If you are in the Shreveport area, don't miss the opportunity to see the original artwork from the 2017 Art Contest at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery. The exhibition, New Orleans Tricentennial, features all 16 scholarship winners from across the state.


June 7 - July 10, 2017
R.W. Norton Art Gallery
4747 Creswell Avenue
Shreveport, LA 


On Tuesday, KTBS-TV sat down with Justin Kimes, a Shreveport local who won 1st place senior in the 2017 Art Contest. Click here to watch his interview about his original piece and his plans for beyond high school.







Thursday, June 1, 2017

Lake Charles Celebrates Louisiana A+ Schools




Congratulations to Lake Charles Charter Academy for completing their first year in the Louisiana A+ Schools (LAA+) program! To celebrate their success, staff and community supporters gathered last week at the Blue Dog Cafe in Lake Charles to toast to the past academic year. Thank you to the following individuals and organizations who have supported Lake Charles Charter Academy during their first year in the LAA+ Network:


Baggett McCall
Broussard & Hart
Dr. John Condos
Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson
Hoffoss Devall
Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
The Roach Law Firm
Stutes & Laverne Attorneys at Law
The Townsley Law Firm
Veron, Bice, Palermo, & Wilson



(Top right) Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue with Becky Hunter & Mayor Nic Hunter. (Bottom, left to right) Halie David, Kim Lewis, Dr. Pamela Quebodeaux, Kathie Istre, and Denise Jones of Lake Charles Charter Academy.





Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Art Supplies & Special Visit for Students Impacted by Tornado


In February, ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary in New Orleans East suffered significant structural damage from a tornado. Since then, students and teachers have been relocated to Gaudet Elementary while repairs begin on their campus.

To provide more creative opportunities to these displaced students, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts has awarded ReNEW Schaumburg a custom art supply kit through our George's Art Closet program. Teachers will use the supplies within their classrooms, as well as in after school programming.

Pre-K students at Schaumburg received a special visit from Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue, who shared George Rodrigue's children's books and a drawing activity with them.



Jacques Rodrigue reads "Why Is Blue Dog Blue?" with the students.



About George's Art Closet

Many teachers are often faced with the problem of inadequate funding for visual art supplies and struggle to provide meaningful arts experiences for their students. George's Art Closet is a program that addresses this need by awarding art supply kits to Louisiana art teachers whose funding does not otherwise allow for the expense.

Learn more and apply to George's Art Closet.




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Celebrating Louisiana A+ Schools Day at the Capitol


Celebrating Louisiana A+ Schools Day at the Capitol





Yesterday, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts joined the Louisiana A+ Schools (LAA+) team for a special day at the State Capitol to advocate for arts in education. 



GRFA staff, LAA+ staff, and Fellows share the mission of LAA+ Schools with legislators at the State Capitol.



Highlights from the day included an open house session with LAA+ Staff and Fellows, as well as an informational luncheon for legislators at the apartment of Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser.


(From left to right) GRFA Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue, LAA+ Director Bethany France, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, and Oklahoma A+ Schools Director Emeritus Jean Hendrickson at the luncheon.


GRFA was proud to share the mission and successes of LAA+ with legislators. Across Louisiana, LAA+ has 18 Member Schools, trains over 700 teachers, and impacts 10,000 students each day by infusing the arts into all subjects.



Informational posters shared how dance, drama, and visual arts can be used to teach traditional subjects in the classroom.




About Louisiana A+ Schools (LAA+)

LAA+ began in 2013 as an initiative of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA). In 2017, after several years of success, the Rodrigue family transitioned LAA+ into its own public non-profit organization to ensure the growth and long-term sustainability of the mission. LAA+ is supported by GRFA and the leadership of a diverse statewide board.




Next Week: A Special Aioli Dinner in Baton Rouge



On Thursday, April 27, join the Aioli Dinner Supper Club in Baton Rouge at the beautiful home of Gwen & Todd Graves! Seating is very limited, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets soon for this multi-course, outdoor dinner. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit our Louisiana A+ Schools program.


Aioli Dinner Supper Club
Baton Rouge, LA

Hosted by Gwen & Todd Graves
April 27, 2017
6:30 PM

Live and Silent Auctions
Music by Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys



Cuisine by:





Thursday, April 6, 2017

Saturday & Sunday: Join Us at French Quarter Fest


The weather will be beautiful this weekend for the 2017 French Quarter Festival in New Orleans! Once again, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts will be providing a hands-on art activity for families at the Chevron STEAM Zone. STEAM education brings together science, technology, engineering, art, and math.




Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue gets creative with students while making STEAM art projects at a previous French Quarter Festival.


Who
The Chevron STEAM Zone is free, and all are welcome! The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts will be joined by The Nature Conservancy, Project Lead the Way, Audubon Nature Institute, Note for Notes, the New Orleans Pelicans, Fab Lab NOLA, and New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park.

What

GRFA's creative project will be exploring the water cycle through sculpture.

Where

The Natchez Wharf in the French Quarter, where Toulouse Street meets the Mississippi River.

When

Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm




We hope to see you at the 2017
French Quarter Festival!




Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Partnering with YMCA's Special Needs Painting Class





The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is pleased to announce a new partnership with the East Jefferson YMCA for their Brushes, Buddies and Beyond class. This program is a "painting party" specifically for individuals with special needs from ages 5 to 25, and each week the classes are held in a safe and relaxing environment.

Brushes, Buddies and Beyond provides unique opportunities to explore and learn more about painting from an instructional artist. For each of the four annual sessions, GRFA will be sharing a different Blue Dog painting by George Rodrigue so that participants can create their own version of the artist's iconic image.


On March 14th, Brushes, Buddies and Beyond participants painted their own version of George Rodrigue's "Spring Adds Color to My Life" painting



Kenlie Tiggeman, who manages the program, has created a welcoming and nurturing environment. She shares, "Buddies, Brushes and Beyond is my favorite thing we do at the Y because it gives wonderful kids an opportunity to discover their talents and express their creativity in a positive way."



Their upcoming Summer Session begins on June 19th and runs through August 30th.

When:  Mondays, 6 PM or Wednesdays, 11 AM

Cost:  $75 (scholarships available)

Location:   East Jefferson YMCA, 6691 Riverside Drive, Metairie, LA 70003


If you know a young person with special needs who would like to explore their artistic side, please contact Kenlie directly at (504)888-9622 ext. 107 or kenliet@ymcaneworleans.org.





 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Art Contest Winners Share $46,500



On Saturday, March 25th, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts awarded $46,500 in college scholarships to 16 talented Louisiana students. Finalists in the 2017 Art Contest represent cities across the state including Bourg, Houma, New Orleans, Lafayette, Monroe, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Zachary, Lafitte, Gretna, Jefferson, Covington, and Marrero, Louisiana.

At the Awards Luncheon in New Orleans, these talented juniors and seniors accepted their scholarships, had their original artwork on display, and were treated to special presentations by author Wendy Rodrigue and artist Sean Hicks, winner the 2010 Art Contest.

Congratulations to our 2017 Art Contest winners!



Junior and senior scholarship winners with Jacques Rodrigue at the Art Contest Luncheon in New Orleans.



(Pictured from left to right) Scott Hutcheson, Mayor's Office of Cultural Economy; Justin Kimes, 1st Place Senior; Jacques Rodrigue, Executive Director.



Alexandra Hinkle placed first for the juniors.


Click here to see the complete list of the scholarship winners in the 2017 Art Contest.




Friday, March 24, 2017

See Photos from Monroe Aioli Dinner






The Aioli Dinner Supper Club would like to thank our Monroe, Louisiana, friends for making the March 16th Aioli Dinner such a memorable night supporting our Louisiana A+ Schools program.

We would like to especially thank our hosts for the evening, Randy and Cherry Morris, for opening their beautiful home a second time to the Aioli Dinner Supper Club.

Click here to view a photo album from the event.



Aioli Dinner guests enjoyed a four-course, wine-paired menu by Chef Eric Johnson. The meals served at Aioli Dinner Supper Club events are inspired by the rustic cuisine of the historic Creole Gourmet Societies of Southern Louisiana.

With the expansion of the Louisiana A+ Schools program to 18 schools, the Aioli Dinner Supper Club is playing a crucial role in the number of teachers and students impacted by arts integration in the classroom.


 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

TOMORROW: Uncorked Wine Event Supporting Arts Education




Forum 35 is a community of young men and women improving Baton Rouge through charitable events. They invite you to combine your love of food, wine, and passion for a good cause for their upcoming UNCORKED event. Proceeds from this special evening will benefit Louisiana A+ Schools, a program of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.


Forum 35's UNCORKED
Thursday, March 23
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Roux House
143 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA



We will be raffling off George Rodrigue's print "A Bouquet of Rosé" at the event. This SOLD OUT lithograph, printed in Paris, derives from Rodrigue's painting by the same name, which he created in 2010 as a wine label for Napa Valley winemaker Heidi Barrett's award-winning rosé, Prêt à Boire. Raffle tickets can only be purchased at the event.



"A Bouquet of Rosé" by George Rodrigue







Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Combine Your Passions for Food, Wine, and Arts in Education


UNCORKED: A Night of Food & Wine for Louisiana A+ Schools



Forum 35 is a community of young men and women improving Baton Rouge through charitable events. They invite you to combine your love of food, wine, and passion for a good cause for their upcoming UNCORKED event. Proceeds from this special evening will benefit Louisiana A+ Schools, a program of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.


Forum 35's UNCORKED
Thursday, March 23
6:00 - 9:00 PM

Roux House
143 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA








Louisiana A+ Schools and the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts will be at the event with raffle tickets for your chance to win "A Bouquet of Rose" (pictured above), a silkscreen print by George Rodrigue. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the event.






Tickets Still Available for Monroe Aioli Dinner




Tickets are still available to join the Aioli Dinner Supper Club this Thursday in Monroe, Louisiana, for a beautiful four-course dinner benefiting our Louisiana A+ Schools program. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of a special culinary tradition while supporting arts in education across the state.


Monroe Aioli Dinner
Hosted by Cherry and Randy Morris

Thursday, March 16, 2017
6:30 PM

Cuisine by Chef Eric Johnson










Friday, March 10, 2017

Celebrating the Read Across America Program with Blue Dog


Celebrating "Read Across America"

Throughout his career, artist George Rodrigue was the subject of many books that explored his artwork. But perhaps the most beloved of the publications featuring Rodrigue's art are his two children's books: "Why Is Blue Dog Blue?" and "Are You Blue Dog's Friend?"




Today, Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue shared these two cherished books with students at Bissonet Plaza Elementary in Metairie, Louisiana, in honor of Read Across America.





About Read Across America
The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA's Read Across America. Now in its 20th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnership, and reading resources.



Monroe Aioli Dinner Next Week




It's not too late to purchase your tickets and join the Aioli Dinner Supper Club in Monroe, LA, for a beautiful four-course dinner. Proceeds from the event benefit GRFA's Louisiana A+ Schoolsprogram, which trains educators to infuse the arts into every subject in every classroom.


Monroe Aioli Dinner
Hosted by Cherry and Randy Morris

Thursday, March 16, 2017
6:30 PM

Cuisine by Chef Eric Johnson










Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tickets Now Available for Baton Rouge Aioli Dinner






Join us April 27, 2017, in Baton Rouge at the beautiful home of Gwen & Todd Graves for a special Aioli Dinner Supper Club event! Seating is limited, so we encourage you to purchase your ticketssoon for this multi-course, outdoor dinner. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit our Louisiana A+ Schools program, which trains teachers to infuse the arts into every subject, in every classroom.





Aioli Dinner Supper Club
Baton Rouge, LA

Hosted by Gwen & Todd Graves
April 27, 2017
6:30 PM



Cuisine by:




Menu and wine selection coming soon!






Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Aioli Dinner Supper Club in Monroe






The Aioli Dinner Supper Club is pleased to return to Monroe, LA, once again! On March 16, 2017, join us under the oaks at the fabulous home of Randy and Cherry Morris for a multi-course, wine-paired dinner. Proceeds from this event will benefit Louisiana A+ Schools, an arts education program of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.



Photos from our previous Aioli Dinner event at the home of Randy and Cherry Morris in Monroe, LA.




Aioli Dinner Supper Club
Monroe, LA
March 16, 2017
6:30 PM

Special Guest:
Linda Day
Chief Political Coordinator, Governor John Bel Edwards

Cuisine by:
Chef Eric Johnson




Hors D'oeuvres
Crawfish poblano wraps with cumin avocado dip.
Bacon chutney stuffed new potatoes.

First Course
Louisiana crawfish & corn cake over wilted spinach with a spicy lemon thyme beurre blanc.

Second Course
Pan seared redfish, pecan rice, spaghetti vegetables.

Third Course
Rosemary crusted lamb chop, island mashed potatoes, Mayhaw demi glace.

Fourth Course
Peach & blueberry cobbler en croute, vanilla bean ice cream, caramel stroopwafel.


Each course will be paired with a wine selection.