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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.









Friday, February 10, 2017

2017 Art Contest Finalists Announced!



Thank you to all of the students who entered the Scholarship Art Contest this year! We received over 500 entries from across the state for the theme of "New Orleans Tricentennial."

Sixteen (16) finalists have been selected by our first round of judges. These high school juniors and seniors will share $46,000 in college scholarships, and one will be featured as the official poster for the New Orleans Tricentennial celebrations.

Scholarships will be given out at our Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.









Friday, February 3, 2017

Limited Edition Poster Now Available





"On the Waves of a Dream"
18 x 24 inches
Signed & Numbered Edition of 250
By Kourtney Aultman
$40 plus shipping



George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts and the Krewe of Orpheus are pleased to release On the Waves of a Dream, a new limited edition poster by Kourtney Aultman, winner of the 2016 Scholarship Art Contest. As our partner for last year's contest, Orpheus commissioned Aultman to create an original design to become their official 2017 poster. The resulting piece combines Aultman's distinctive style with the parade's iconic imagery.



Artist Kourtney Aultman with her original painting at the Krewe of Orpheus' 13th Night Celebration on January 7, 2017.




Friday, January 27, 2017

2017 Art Contest Deadline is Tomorrow





The deadline to enter the 2017 Scholarship Art Contest is tomorrow, January 28, at 5:00 PM. We are so impressed by the creative Louisiana students who have already submitted their artwork for the theme "New Orleans Tricentennial."

Finalists will be announced by newsletter and on our website on Saturday, February 11. Best of luck to everyone who has entered!





Partners for the 2017 Art Contest:



   





Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Art Contest DEADLINE EXTENDED to January 28!





Attention Louisiana teachers and students!  The deadline for the 2017 Scholarship Art Contest has been extended to January 28 at 5:00 PM.

We invite Louisiana high school juniors and seniors to submit an original work of art for the theme "New Orleans Tricentennial." $45,000 in scholarships will be awarded to 15 finalists!








Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Watch LPB's In-Depth Look at Louisiana A+ Schools


Louisiana Public Broadcasting Features Louisiana A+ Schools




We are pleased to share an in-depth profile of Louisiana A+ Schools by Louisiana Public Broadcasting's Art Rocks! program. The 12-minute piece highlights the creative, joyful classrooms of Bains Lower Elementary School in St. Francisville, where dynamic educators infuse the arts into every subject.





Photos from the Opening of "Imaginary Worlds"



Click here to learn more and see photos from the event. 



Thank you to everyone who joined us for the opening reception of "Imaginary Worlds: Concept Art by Sean Hicks". 

This special exhibition will be on view through February 10, 2017, at the George Rodrigue Foundation in New Orleans.





Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Louisiana A+ Schools Now Accepting Applications for 2017


Application Period Open to Join Louisiana A+ Schools





Louisiana A+ Schools ( LAA+) is the first whole-school, arts-integrated reform initiative of its kind in the state. Currently, there are 18 LAA+ Schools throughout Louisiana. LAA+ provides all teachers with the professional development and training to think more creatively about how students can apply learning to the real world, and how they can present curricula to meet the needs of every learner.

We invite interested schools to learn more about the LAA+ application process and to submit a Letter of Interest by February 6, 2017.




Tomorrow: Join Us for the Opening Reception of "Imaginary Worlds"




This special solo exhibition features the first winner of our Annual Scholarship Art Contest in 2010. As a visual development artist, Sean Hicks explores the art of storytelling in his digital works by bringing together tone, character, and environment. Hicks' colorful pieces include themes of fairytale, fantasy, and the hero's adventure.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017
5:00 - 7:00 PM

Free and Open to the Public
Wine & Refreshments






Do you know a creative Louisiana high school student? 


The deadline for the 2017 Scholarship Art Contest is January 20th! Finalists will share $45,000 in college scholarships.

Learn more and enter the contest.




Thursday, January 5, 2017

Join Us for the Opening of a New Exhibition!






George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts presents

Imaginary Worlds: 
Concept Art by Sean Hicks


This special solo exhibition features the first winner of our Annual Scholarship Art Contest in 2010. As a visual development artist, Sean Hicks explores the art of storytelling in his digital works by bringing together tone, character, and environment. Hicks' colorful pieces include themes of fairytale, fantasy, and the hero's adventure.


Opening Reception:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Free and Open to the Public
Wine & Refreshments



    Sean Hicks accepts his scholarship from George Rodrigue at the Art Contest Awards Luncheon in 2010. 







    Do you know a creative Louisiana high school student? 

    The deadline for the 2017 Scholarship Art Contest is January 20th! Finalists will share $45,000 in college scholarships. 






    Thursday, December 8, 2016

    2016 was a Great Year for GRFA and Arts Education!




    GRFA is pleased to celebrate a year of successful arts in education programs that have impacted thousands of students across Louisiana. In 2016, we continued the legacy of artist George Rodrigue as we:

    • Welcomed 2 new schools to our Louisiana A+ Schools program, an arts-integrated teacher training network.  LAA+ now impacts 10,000 students and 700 teachers each day. 
    • Donated $25,000 in art supply kits to Louisiana classrooms through the George's Art Closet program.
    • Helped 206 other non-profit organizations raise funds for their missions through GRFA's Print Donation Program.





    As we look forward to 2017 and the expansion of our statewide programs, we need your support more than ever.

    Help us continue the mission of youth development through the arts in education by donating to the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. 

    Thank you for your support!