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Friday, August 28, 2015

Two Louisiana A+ Schools Win Art Education Grants

Two Louisiana A+ Schools Win Art Education Grants

Congratulations to two of our Louisiana A+ Schools! Rollins Place Elementary in Zachary and St. Helena Arts & Technology Academy in Greensburg have been awarded Community Partnership Grants from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. The schools will use the grants to implement in-school or after-school education programs that support music and arts instruction.

Aioli Dinner Supper Club in Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Metairie

Are you looking for a unique way to support arts in education across Louisiana? If so, we invite you to join us at one of our upcoming Aioli Dinner Supper Club events. These fabulous four-course dinners are inspired by George Rodrigue's famous Aioli Dinner painting and directly support our network of 16 Louisiana A+ Schools and our Annual Scholarship Art Contest. Dinners for Fall 2015 will be hosted in Lafayette, Lake Charles, and Metairie. Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets today!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

New Dates Announced for Aioli Dinner Supper Club

The Aioli Dinner Supper Club is pleased to announce two new dinner dates for Fall 2015! Join us at one of our upcoming dinners to enjoy a delicious four-course menu to support Louisiana A+ Schools, an arts in education program of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

The Heymann House, ULL Alumni Center
Lafayette, LA

Blue Dog Cafe
Lake Charles, LA

Come experience a unique culinary tradition made famous by George Rodrigue's Aioli Dinner painting, which depicts the Creole Gourmet Societies of Louisiana from 1870-1920. At each dinner, guests will participate in a special recreation of the painting.

Click here to learn about the history of Rodrigue's Aioli Dinner painting, as well as the many interpretations it inspired throughout his career.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Celebrating 20 Years of A+ Schools

A+ Schools Host 20th Anniversary Conference in North Carolina

Earlier this week, our Louisiana A+ Schools team headed to North Carolina to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding of A+ Schools. North Carolina began its A+ program in 1995, and since then, the national network of A+ Schools has grown to include four states and over 150 schools.

The three-day conference celebrated the importance of arts in education and featured keynote speakers and sessions by industry leaders. To learn more about the National A+ Schools Consortium, visit nationalaplusschools.org.

(Top left) The LAA+ Schools team attended the anniversary conference in North Carolina. Pictured: Deputy Director Kim Graham, Professional Development Manager Kathleen O'Shaughnessy, GRFA Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue, Director Bethany France. (Bottom left) John Brown of the Windgate Foundation, Vincent Marron ("The Godfather" of A+ Schools), and Jacques Rodrigue. (Right) LAA+ Director Bethany France addresses attendees.

Week Two of the 2015 LAA+ Summer Institutes

Last week, GRFA hosted our second week of the Louisiana A+ Schools Summer Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Entire faculties from seven LAA+ schools attended a week of engaging professional development in arts integration in the classroom. Click here to read The Advertiser's coverage of our Summer Institute.

Click here to view photos from Week 1 of our 2015 Summer Institutes.

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