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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!






    Friday, December 2, 2016

    Seven Weeks Left to Enter Scholarship Art Contest




    Now is a great time for Louisiana high school juniors and seniors to work on their original submissions for the 2017 Scholarship Art Contest! With only seven weeks to go before the January 20th deadline, we encourage you to spread the word and let students know about this unique scholarship opportunity.

    The theme of this year's contest is the "New Orleans Tricentennial" in partnership with the City of New Orleans. We invite submissions that explore the richness of New Orleans' 300-year history, as well as its future as an important American city.





    Pictured, 2016 Grand Prize Winner Kourtney Aultman with Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue at the Scholarship Awards Ceremony



    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    Photos from St. Francisville Aioli Dinner





    The Aioli Dinner Supper Club would like to thank our St. Francisville friends for making the November 15th Aioli Dinner such a memorable night supporting Bains Lower Elementary, one of our 18 Louisiana A+ Schools.



    Click here to view a photo album from the event.




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

    Music for the evening was performed on the Rodrigue Steinway piano, a vibrant work of art created by George Rodrigue in 2012.



    Pianist Michael McDowell plays the Rodrigue Steinway.



    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.


    Thank you to our friends and sponsors in St. Francisville who made this dinner a success!



     


    Tuesday, November 8, 2016

    Rodrigue Foundation Announces First "Lab School"


    GRFA Announces "Lab School" in Shreveport


    Last week in Shreveport, LA, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts made a special announcement. South Highlands Elementary Magnet has been selected as the first "Lab School" in the Louisiana A+ Schools network!




    Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue with students at South Highlands Elementary in Shreveport




    "An LAA+ Lab School exemplifies everything that education should be," explains Kim Graham, Deputy Director of Louisiana A+ Schools. "It's an environment where every teacher embraces arts integration and uses the arts to transform lessons into meaningful learning experiences where students can make real world connections."

    South Highlands Elementary Magnet has completed their 3-year pilot phase in the Louisiana A+ Schools program. Under the leadership of Principal Mary Harris, the school has shown a deep commitment to the A+ Essentials, arts integration, and maintaining the arts as their primary focus.



    "I love having arts integration at my school! 

    To me arts integration means adding any type 
    of art into a subject to make it easier or 
    more fun to understand."


    - 1st grade student Grace, who prepared a special speech for the announcement in Shreveport



    LAA+ Lab Schools like South Highlands Elementary Magnet exist in a continual state of refinement, and like artists are constantly questioning, growing, and bravely experimenting. Congratulations to our first LAA+ Lab School!




    #GeauxVote: Election Day is Here!



    Did you get your Blue Dog "I VOTED" sticker? Early voters took to social media to share theirs and encourage others to vote.




    Thanks to a special partnership between Secretary of State Tom Schedler and the Rodrigue family, Louisiana voters can show off a special Blue Dog "I VOTED" sticker.


    "Participating in the election process and electing good government representation is one of our most important civic duties," shares Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue. "Partnering with Secretary Schedler to inspire citizens to take part in this election cycle is something that spoke to me and I think my dad would have loved."





    Wednesday, November 2, 2016

    Latest Aioli Dinner Photos and Covington Art Market


    Photos from Broussard Aioli Dinner




    The Aioli Dinner Supper Club would like to thank our Broussard and Lafayette area friends for making the October 26th Aioli Dinner such a memorable night supporting Louisiana A+ Schools.


    Click here to view a photo album for the Broussard Aioli Dinner Supper Club event.




    It was a beautiful night at the home of Dr. Bradley and Mary Chastant with special guest Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser.

    Aioli Dinner guests enjoyed cuisine by Chef Ryan Trahan of Dark Roux Restaurant. The multi-course meals served at Aioli Dinner Supper Club events are inspired by the rustic cuisine of the historic Creole Gourmet Societies of Southern Louisiana.

    Thank you to our friends and sponsors for supporting Louisiana A+ Schools and arts in education!



    Upcoming Aioli Dinner

    St. Francisville, LA
    Benefiting Bains Lower Elementary
    November 15, 2016
    Hemingbough

    Cuisine by Heirloom Cuisine.





    Saturday: Family Fun at Covington Art Market


    The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts will be providing a FREE family art making activity at Satuday's Covington Art Market presented by the St. Tammany Art Association!

    We will be sculpting the life cycle of the oak tree, which was a special symbol for Louisiana artist George Rodrigue. Throughout his extensive career, he featured them in his paintings and even chose the oak tree as the logo for GRFA.




    Saturday, November 5, 2016
    9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Covington Trailhead
    419 N. New Hampshire Street
    Downtown Covington
    FREE Admission!


    Learn about the life cycle of the iconic oak tree by sculpting the stages with Crayola Model Magic.







    Friday, October 21, 2016

    Student Exhibition Opens in Lafayette, LA


    "Louisiana Celebrates Carnival" Opens in Lafayette



    Now through December 3, 2016, visit the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette, LA, to see the extraordinary original student art featured in "Louisiana Celebrates Carnival."




    This special traveling exhibition shares the artwork of our 16 high school finalists from GRFA's 2016 Scholarship Art Contest in partnership with the Krewe of Orpheus. These talented students from across Louisiana shared $45,250 in college scholarships!




    Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue and the sixteen student finalists at the Scholarship Awards Luncheon in New Orleans on April 16, 2016.




    Join the Aioli Dinner Supper Club in Broussard, LA




    On Wednesday evening, the Aioli Dinner Supper Club will dine at the beautiful home of Dr. Bradley and Mary Chastant in Broussard, LA. Tickets are still available but are going fast. Get your seat at the table and help keep the arts in Louisiana classrooms through Louisiana A+ Schools.


    Broussard, LA
    Hosted by Dr. Bradley and Mary Chastant
    October 26, 2016

    Special Guest:
    The Honorable Billy Nungesser
    Lt. Governor, State of Louisiana



     


    Cuisine by Chef Ryan Trahan of Dark Roux.





    Wednesday, October 12, 2016

    Rodrigue Family Unveils "I VOTED" Blue Dog Sticker


    Rodrigue Family Unveils "I VOTED" Blue Dog Sticker

    The Rodrigue family made a special announcement on Monday in partnership with Secretary of State Tom Schedler. George Rodrigue's iconic Blue Dog will be featured on special "I VOTED" stickers for the upcoming November 8th election.



    The Secretary of State's Office has printed 4 million of the stickers to encourage voter participation in the Presidential Election. Stickers will be available at each polling location on Election Day and at every early voting site in Louisiana.



    Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue, Wendy Rodrigue, and Secretary of State Tom Schedler unveil the Blue Dog sticker during a press conference at the New Orleans Museum of Art on Monday.




    The Rodrigue family joined Secretary Schedler at special press conferences in Baton Rouge and New Orleans to unveil the design for the sticker, which features George Rodrigue's 2001 painting "Stand Up Straight and Tall."

    At the unveiling Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue shared, "Participating in the election process and electing good government representation is one of our most important civic duties. Partnering with Secretary Schedler to inspire citizens to take part in this election cycle is something that spoke to me and that I think my dad would have loved."


    To learn more about voting in Louisiana, visit www.geauxvote.com




    Upcoming Aioli Dinners in Lake Charles, Broussard, and St. Francisville


    Don't miss the chance to join us at one of our upcoming Aioli Dinner Supper Club events! Tickets are still available but are going fast. Get you seat at the table and help keep the arts in Louisiana classrooms through Louisiana A+ Schools.




    Lake Charles, LA
    Hosted by Dr. John and Shannon Condos
    October 19, 2016

         

    Cuisine by Chef Andrew Green of 
    1910 Restaurant and Wine Bar.









    Broussard, LA
    Hosted by Dr. Bradley and Mary Chastant
    October 26, 2016

    Special Guest:
    The Honorable Billy Nungesser
    Lt. Governor, State of Louisiana


         


    Cuisine by Chef Ryan Trahan of Dark Roux.






    St. Francisville, LA
    Benefitting Bains Lower Elementary
    Hemingbough
    November 15, 2016


    Cuisine by Heirloom Cuisine










    Wednesday, September 28, 2016

    Call for Entries - 2017 Scholarship Art Contest




    We are happy to announce our Call for Entries to our 2017 Art Contest in partnership with City of New Orleans! Please encourage any Louisiana high school junior or senior that you know to submit an entry!


    $45,000 in Scholarship Awards





    Theme: New Orleans Tricentennial


    in partnership with:





    The theme for the 2017 Art Contest, in partnership with the City of New Orleans, is "New Orleans Tricentennial." As we approach 2018, we honor New Orleans' history and place in the world while celebrating the on-going contributions made by generations of dedicated New Orleanians. This 300th anniversary not only marks New Orleans' historical journey, but also sets the course for its continued future as an important American city.

    We invite all Louisiana high school juniors and seniors to explore the richness of New Orleans' 300-year history by submitting an original two-dimensional work of art.





    Eligibility
    All juniors and seniors in Louisiana are eligible for entry in the GRFA Art Contest. No test score, grade point average or college major requirement is necessary to enter. The contest is open to all juniors and seniors attending public and private schools, home schooled students, and GED students.


    Deadline
    Online application and photo of art submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2017. Visit our website to learn more about the Terms and Conditions.


    Grand Prize Winner

    The Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Art Contest will work with the Rodrigue Foundation and the City of New Orleans to transform their design into the official New Orleans Tricentennial Poster, to be sold at 300th Anniversary events across the city.


    Selecting Finalists

    A blind, two-part judging process focuses on three categories:

    1. Concept/design
    2. Technical skill
    3. Creativity

    GRFA requires that submissions be between 11 x 14 and 18 x 24 inches. Winners will be announced at the 8th Annual Art Contest Awards Luncheon presented by Cox on March 25, 2017, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.


    ATTENTION ART TEACHERS

    The school that submits the most entries will recieve a year's worth of art suppies through our George's Art Closet program. Art supply kits are valued at $1,000 and they can give students the tools needed in order to have a first-class art education! Please encourage all of your students to enter.


    Thank You to Our Sponsors!