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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Arts Education Outreach Coming to Houston!

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts will be heading to Houston in approximately April - July 2015 to coincide with Rodrigue: Houston, a new exhibition featuring the Blue Dogs, Louisiana landscapes, and Cajun paintings of George Rodrigue. We are excited to bring a selection of our arts in education programs to Houston to engage the community with creative activities and share the artistic legacy of George Rodrigue.

Opening George's Art Closet to Houston Schools
George's Art Closest was created to address the needs of teachers who face inadequate funding for visual art supplies in the classroom. Houston educators can submit an application for a custom art supply kit worth $1,000 and are awarded kits based on need and the content of their application. During Rodrigue: Houston, GRFA will provide approximately twenty-five $1,000 kits to Houston elementary, middle, and high schools. Houston teachers, the deadline to apply is April 1, 2015!

Field Trips
What better way is there to get students excited about visual art than with a field trip to a gallery? GRFA will be sponsoring at least 20 bus trips for local schools to visit Rodrigue: Houston, so that students can see firsthand original works of art spanning George Rodrigue's 40 year career. At the exhibition, students will receive an educational tour tailored to their grade level, as well as in-gallery activities that encourage observation skills, storytelling, and the principles of visual art. To book a free field trip for your students, contact Victoria at victoria@georgerodrigue.com or (973) 668-3670.

Community Art Days
During the exhibition Rodrigue: Houston, GRFA will host Community Art Days where families can tour the gallery and participate in creative projects including mask making, sculpture, and face painting. Community Art Day is a unique way for family groups to explore art history, create works of art, and most importantly, have fun together! GRFA anticipates hosting at least 4 Community Art Days.

More information coming soon about Rodrigue: Houston and our upcoming Community Art Days!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Now on CharityBuzz: Blue Dog Print Signed by George Rodrigue and Randy Newman

We are pleased to announce that a special Blue Dog silkscreen print is now available on CharityBuzz! Signed by artist George Rodrigue and musician Randy Newman, "You Can't Drown the Blues" is a one-of-a-kind piece that features a hand-painted frame by Louisiana artist Christy Works-Boutee.

Charitybuzz is an online auction site that provides extraordinary experiences and items that benefit charities making an impact. The winning bid for "You Can't Drown the Blues" will go directly to our programs that promote the development of youth through arts in education.

You can place a bid on this remarkable work of art until March 10, 2015. Please know that your bid helps us provide programs that are directly impacting Louisiana's youth through the arts!

We are so appreciative to Randy Newman for taking the time support arts in education by playing the Rodrigue Steinway and signing the print. Click here to see photos of Randy Newman playing the Rodrigue Steinway on January 17, 2015 in New Orleans.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

George's Art Closet 2015

George's Art Closet 2015

Since 2009, George's Art Closet has been a program that addresses the needs of teachers facing inadequate funding for visual art supplies. Without a variety of supplies, it can be difficult for teachers to provide meaningful arts experiences for their students.

A sample custom art supply kit from George's Art Closet

George's Art Closet is now awarding two $1,000 custom art supply kits each month to select elementary, middle, and high schools across Louisiana. Want to learn how you can apply for a custom art supply kit for your school? Visit George's Art Closet on our website to learn more.

Menu Announced for 1st Aioli Dinner

Looking for a delicious and memorable way to support arts in education in Louisiana? Look no further than the Aioli Dinner Supper Club. Our first fundraising dinner will be March 14, 2015 on the grounds of Shadows on the Teche in New Iberia, LA. Chef Greg Doucet of Jolie's Louisiana Bistro will be preparing a special four-course dinner with wine pairings.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Art Contest DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 16th!

Art Contest Deadline Extended

The deadline to enter our 2015 Art Contest for high school juniors and seniors has been EXTENDED to February 16th! Until 5:00 PM that day, we are accepting entries of original artwork related to the theme of "Louisiana's Music."

Finalists in this year's contest in partnership with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation will share $45,000 in scholarship awards! If you know a creative high school junior or senior in Louisiana, please let them know about this opportunity.

Click here for information about the guidelines for the 2015 Art Contest. Good luck to all of the students who have submitted their art!

The Aioli Dinner Supper Club: Recreating An Iconic Work of Art

(Top) Aioli Dinner, George Rodrigue's iconic painting from 1971, (Bottom right) An historic photograph that inspired Rodrigue's painting, (Bottom left) An Aioli Dinner recreated by friends and supporters in Carmel, California.

We invite you to join us March 14, 2015, for a unique dining experience honoring the art of George Rodrigue and his legacy through the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts. This event, hosted on the grounds of Shadows on the Teche in New Iberia, will be the first in a series for the Aioli Dinner Supper Club. All proceeds will benefit our Louisiana A+ Schools program!

After New Iberia, the Aioli Dinner Supper Club will be hosting events in cities across Louisiana! Learn more: