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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Bringing Arts Education to Carmel, CA

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts will be heading to Carmel, California, this October to provide exciting arts education opportunities for local students and community members. Since 1991, the Rodrigue Studio has been part of the Carmel-by-the-Sea arts scene, introducing the West Coast to the artistic legacy of George Rodrigue. (Visit Musings of an Artist’s Wife to read about the history of the Rodrigue Studio in Carmel.)

Rodrigue Studio in Carmel, CA

While in Carmel in late October, GRFA will be visiting Mary Chapa Literacy and Technology Academy for a morning of creativity. Located in Greenfield, CA, Mary Chapa is part of the Turnaround Arts network of schools. This program, which GRFA administers in Louisiana, is an initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. We are delighted to visit Mary Chapa to bring art into fifth grade classrooms and introduce students to the work of George Rodrigue.

Introducing students to the arts is a fundamental part of our mission.  With this in mind, we will be providing buses to students from Mary Chapa Literacy and Technology Academy and Carmel River School to visit the Rodrigue Studio for special tours the George Rodrigue Memorial Retrospective Exhibition.  Students will have the opportunity to explore examples from the entirety of George’s career, from oak trees and Cajuns to the Blue Dog.  Additionally, both Mary Chapa and Carmel River School will be receiving art supply kits from George’s Art Closet.

On October 25, 2014, we invite you to join us for “Blue Dog” in the Park! (See flyer above).  From 1:00 – 3:00 PM, we will be in Piccadilly Courtyard next to Rodrigue Studio for a community art-making event.  This free, public event is full of activities for the whole family including face painting and hands-on projects that explore nature, science, and the creative process. Enjoy light refreshments and visit the Rodrigue Studio to view the memorial retrospective exhibition before it closes in January 2015.

We look forward to welcoming you to “Blue Dog” in the Park on Saturday, October 25th, and advocating for arts in education in the Carmel community!

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