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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Jacques Rodrigue Wins Louisiana's Arts Education Award

On April 23, 2013, Louisiana's Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne and Gerri Hobdy, Chair of the Louisiana State Arts Council, presented Jacques Rodrigue, executive director of GRFA, with the "Arts Education Award."

The Arts Education Award recognizes the efforts of individuals or organizations that have helped, through educational efforts, to broaden people's understanding of the importance and value of arts and traditions in Louisiana.

From the Louisiana Culture Awards Program held at Culture Connection Day in Baton Rouge:
Jacques Rodrigue currently serves as the executive director of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.  Armed with a law degree from Tulane, he originally planned a career in intellectual property law but changed focus when he and his father, famed Louisiana artist George Rodrigue, founded GRFA.   
Under the leadership of Jacques Rodrigue, GRFA has built a reputation as a leading provider of arts integration and arts education resources in Louisiana.  He began his work by implementing a number of programs important to Louisiana schools, including Scholarship Art Contests, George's Art Closet Grants, an Art Therapy Program and Summer Art Camps at the GRFA Education Center in New Orleans.  He is implementing the exciting new A+ Schools program in Louisiana, continuing his distinguished work in arts education.  


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  2. Arts education has to justify its existence by demonstrating transfer to academic disciplines, whereas physical education, for example, does not.

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