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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Now Available: Special Sponsorship Editions of The Pot & The Palette Cookbook

GRFA's The Pot & The Palette Cookbook, voted Best Illustrated Cookbook in America by Gourmand Magazine, is now available in a special sponsorship edition!  Originally published in 2013 in partnership with the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation (LRAEA), this one-of-a-kind publication is entering its 3rd printing with over 6,000 copies already sold.

Sponsoring a custom edition is a great opportunity to support arts in education while also giving your business a collection of customized books to use as corporate gifts.  The Cookbook features 192 pages of delicious Louisiana recipes and the exceptional artwork of high school students from across the state.

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Your customized edition of The Pot & The Palette Cookbook makes an excellent holiday gift for clients, colleagues, and other constituents!  Sponsorships include a personalized introduction page for you to include a special message to your employees and customers.  See the sample sponsorship insert below:

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The deadline for sponsorships is August 1st.  Please contact the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts at 504-324-9614 or info@georgerodriguefoundation.org to learn more about this exciting opportunity for your business!  

A Video About The Pot & The Palette Cookbook

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Student Exhibition at Shaw Center for the Arts

From June 16th - July 16th, be sure to stop by the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge to see GRFA's 2014 Art Contest Exhibition.  In partnership with Audubon Nature Institute and sponsored by Chevron, this show features the exceptional artwork of high schools students for the theme of "Louisiana's Natural Beauty."

The exhibition is located in the lobby of the Shaw Center.

The show features the artwork of 21 finalists -- all Louisiana high school students.

Also on view across from the exhibition is George Rodrigue's LSU Blue Dog Cow.

The artwork is a celebration of creativity, as well as the iconic landscapes, flora, and fauna of Louisiana.  Over 700 students submitted pieces for the contest, and after two rounds of judging, 21 finalists were selected and awarded $50,000 in scholarships at a special luncheon held in April in New Orleans.

Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue with finalists at scholarship luncheon in New Orleans.

Each year, the 1st place artwork is turned into poster with sales benefitting GRFA and a partnering organization.  This year's poster in partnership with Audubon Nature Institute features the art of Audrey Marsh, a senior at St. Joseph's Academy in Baton Rouge.  It comes in pink, blue, and yellow and can be purchased for $19.99 at the LSU Museum of Art Gift Shop in the Shaw Center or online at Audubon Nature Institute's Marketplace.

This year's poster features the artwork of Audrey Marsh.

We invite you to join us for a closing reception on Tuesday, July 15th, from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Shaw Center for the Arts.  The exhibition will also be traveling to other venues across Louisiana, including the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in August and the Alexandria Museum of Art in October.  Be on the lookout for more information coming soon!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Fundraising Event Coming to Lafayette on July 17!

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph and Gail Savoie of Lafayette, LA, are kindly hosting a special fundraising event at their home on July 17, 2014.   The event, which is generously sponsored by Chevron, will benefit GRFA's Louisiana A+ Schools (LAA+) Program.

$125 per person.  Attendance is limited.

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GRFA and LAA+ are among the leaders in arts in education nationwide and we were just selected as one of six organizations in the country to work with the White House and the President's Committee on Arts and Humanities to turnaround failing schools through the arts.

LAA+ is a research-based program that transforms schools by infusing arts integration across all curriculum.  A critical component of LAA+ is professional development for all faculty at participating schools.

Each year, teachers gather for the LAA+ Summer Institute, an intensive workshop where they learn the eight A+ Essentials and receive training in how to nurture creativity in the classroom and in every student.  From July 20-25, the LAA+ Summer Institute will be held on the campus of University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Over 300 teachers representing our 9 schools (click photo to enlarge) will be in Lafayette and your participation at this fundraiser will help make it all possible.

We invite you to join us for a festive evening of delicious food catered by Blue Dog Cafe, music by Sean Trcalek, and an exciting auction of silkscreen prints by George Rodrigue:

"Drew Brees" print signed by George Rodrigue and Drew Brees

"Mardi Gras 2014," estate proof print, sold out and only available through charity auctions

"Cajun Man" print signed by George Rodrigue and Mark Hudspeth, Head Coach of the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns

In addition to the funds raised through this party, we also have sponsorships available to support various aspects of the LAA+ Summer Institute.

To learn how you can become a supporter of GRFA's Louisiana A+ Schools program or to purchase tickets or RSVP to the Lafayette fundraiser, please call (337) 654-6300.  Tickets will also be available at the door.  

We hope to see you there on July 17!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Our White House Visit Recap

On Tuesday, May 20th, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts visited the White House for a special announcement by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. The PCAH, which is chaired by First Lady Michelle Obama, named GRFA as the official program partner for Turnaround Arts: Louisiana, an education initiative designed to turn around low-performing schools through arts-integration, as well as boost academic achievement, motivate student learning, and improve school culture. This year, six new Turnaround Arts districts have been named across the United States.

President and First Lady Obama spoke to the attendees, congratulating the students and educators on the past successful year and welcoming new partners like GRFA to the initiative.

First Lady Michelle Obama addresses attendees at the Turnaround Arts announcement at the White House.

Using the principles of its successful Louisiana A+ Schools Program, GRFA will serve three schools as part of Turnaround Arts: Louisiana including Homer Elementary School in Homer, St. Helena Arts and Technology Academy in Greensburg, and Homer A. Plessy Community School in New Orleans. The principals from each school joined us at the White House to celebrate their school's participation in Turnaround Arts.

Kim Leavitt (Deputy Director, Louisiana A+ Schools), Jane Brown and Janice Williams (Homer Elementary), Joan Riley (Homer Plessy Charter), Bethany France (Director, Louisiana A+ Schools), Kelli Williams (St. Helena Arts & Technology Academy), Jacques Rodrigue (Executive Director, George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts) 

Presidentially-appointed Turnaround Artists will adopt each school for the length of the program, working with the schools and communities to highlight their successes. We are delighted to announce that actress Alfre Woodard and musician Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews have been selected to support our schools in Louisiana. Many other Turnaround Artists were there to celebrate the Turnaround Arts initiative.

Louisiana A+ Schools Director Bethany France with Turnaround Artist Alfre Woodard

Bethany France (Director, Louisiana A+ Schools), Jane Brown and Janice Williams (Homer Elementary), Turnaround Artist Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews, Kim Leavitt (Deputy Director, Louisiana A+ Schools), and Jacques Rodrigue (Executive Director, George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts)

Jacques Rodrigue with Turnaround Artist Chuck Close

GRFA and Louisiana A+ Schools are honored to inspire and engage students as part of the PCAH's Turnaround Arts program. Throughout the year, we look forward to sharing exciting news and successes of our three Turnaround Arts A+ Schools!

For more information and a complete list of Turnaround Arts schools in the U.S., please visit http://turnaroundarts.pcah.gov/

About the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities
Created in 1982 under President Reagan, the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues. The PCAH works directly with the three primary cultural agencies-National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services-as well as other federal partners and the private sector, to address policy questions in the arts and humanities, to initiate and support key programs in those disciplines and to recognize excellence in the field. Its core areas of focus are education, cultural exchange, and creative economy. Under the leadership of the First Lady and Honorary Chairman, and through the efforts of its federal and private members, the President's Committee has compiled an impressive legacy over its tenure, conducting major research and policy analysis, and catalyzing important federal cultural programs, both domestic and international. For more information, please visit http://www.pcah.gov/