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Thursday, June 25, 2015

"Rodrigue: Houston" Extended to July 19

"Rodrigue: Houston" Extended to July 19, Final Community Art Day is July 18

Nearly 5,00 people, including 800 students, have visited "Rodrigue: Houston" since its opening on April 25th. The Rodrigue family is grateful to the Houston community for their enthusiasm and interest and will be extending the exhibition (originally closing July 5th) an additional two weeks to July 19th.

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts will be hosting a final Community Art Day in Houston on Saturday, July 18th. We hope you and your family will be able to join us for a fun day of free Blue Dog art activities, face painting, and more!

Click here to view photos from previous Community Art Days in Houston.

Louisiana A+ Schools Welcomes New Professional Development Director

George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is thrilled to announce that Kathleen O'Shaughnessy is our new Professional Development Director for Louisiana A+ Schools! In this role she will manage direct support to our statewide network of Pre K-12 schools in all areas of arts integration, including training, coaching, curriculum development, and assessment.

With over 29 years of experience in schools, O'Shaughnessy has taught in every grade from first through eighth, in public and private schools, but she found her calling in middle school reading and writing, and has worked in that capacity for over 20 years. She is passionate about teaching and learning with other educators.

She has taught as an adjunct in the College of Education at University of Louisiana at Lafayette and has led many summer institutes for their National Writing Project. She served as Curriculum Coordinator and Dean of Faculty at Episcopal School in Acadiana, and most recently was Head of School at Epiphany Day School.

O'Shaughnessy identifies as a "teacher nerd" and admits to being an obsessive reader and sharer of professional literature and teacher ideas. For the past two years, as principal at Epiphany Day School, she has seen firsthand what a powerful and positive effect the A+ Essentials can have on a school and is excited to promote and nurture those positive effects through the Louisiana A+ Schools network.

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