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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!






    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.