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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Aioli Dinner Photo Album

Aioli Dinner Photo Album

A new photo album is up on our website from our first Aioli Dinner Supper Club event in New Iberia! Click here to view images of this unique culinary tradition made famous by George Rodrigue's Aioli Dinner painting.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The next Aioli Dinner Supper Club event will be May 14, 2015, in Monroe, LA. More details to come soon at www.aiolidinner.com.

Scholarship Awards Luncheon

Last week, we announced the finalists for our 2015 High School Art Contest. On April 18th, we will be hosting a special awards luncheon in New Orleans for our 15 finalists, who will share $45,000 in college scholarships!

If you would like to join us for this special luncheon celebrating the artistic talent of Louisiana's youth, you can purchase your tickets here.

Friday, March 20, 2015

2015 Art Contest Finalists Announced

Thank you to all of the students who entered the Scholarship Art Contest this year! We received over 600 entries from across the state on the theme of Louisiana's Music.

Fifteen (15) finalists have been selected by our first round of judges. These high school juniors and seniors will share $45,000 in college scholarships, and one will be featured as a poster to be sold by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's free festivals including the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival, the Louisiana Cajun Zydeco Festival, the Congo Square Rhythms Festival, and Fiesta Latina.

Scholarships will be given out at our awards luncheon on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at the Sheraton Hotel New Orleans. Tickets to the event are now available to the public. Purchase yours today!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Aioli Dinner Supper Club Raises $25,000 for Arts Education

This past Saturday, the Aioli Dinner Supper Club celebrated the first in a series of special dinners re-creating George Rodrigue's iconic Aioli Dinner painting. Over 80 guests joined the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts on the beautiful grounds of Shadows on the Teche, an historic New Iberia home on the banks of Bayou Teche. We are thrilled to share that this event raised over $25,000 for our Louisiana A+ Schools program, which transforms schools from failing to thriving through arts-integrated curriculum.

(Left and bottom) Guests dine at one long table, much like the Creole Gourmet Societies did at the turn of the century. (Top right) Each guest was gifted a unique Blue Dog sculpture created by students at Epiphany Day School in New Iberia. Epiphany Day School is one of 9 schools that currently make up our LAA+ network. (Photographs by Max Cusimano)

Chef Greg Doucet and his team at Jolie's Louisiana Bistro provided a delicious four-course meal inspired by the early 20th-century rustic cuisine enjoyed by the people depicted in Rodrigue's Aioli Dinner.

Jolie's Louisiana Bistro provided a unqiue, four-course menu. (Photos by Max Cusimano)

To commemorate the evening, guests posed for photographs re-creating Rodrigue's Aioli Dinner painting. We were fortunate to have several guests in attendance who are descendants of the people depicted in the original work of art.

Thank you to everyone who attended the first event for the Aioli Dinner Supper Club and helped us raise $25,000 for Louisiana A+ Schools!

Be sure to visit www.aiolidinner.com to learn about this and future events for the Aioli Dinner Supper Club.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Feature Article on Cover of City Social Magazine

We are excited to share with you that the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is the featured cover story for the March/April 2015 issue of Baton Rouge's City Social Magazine. The article offers a comprehensive look at our arts in education programs, as well as the creation of the foundation by artist George Rodrigue. We invite you to click the link below and enjoy the article "The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts: Committed to Arts Education" on pages 12-14.