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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Join Us Saturday for White Linen Night

Get ready to don your favorite white outfit, because this Saturday is the annual Whitney White Linen Night in New Orleans! From 6:00 - 9:00 PM, thousands of art enthusiasts will descend upon the Warehouse Arts District to enjoy galleries, refreshments, and live entertainment. Centered on the 300 to 600 blocks of Julia Street, this free event has helped New Orleans acquire its "SoHo of the South" reputation.

This year, we are happy to be participating again! The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts will be open at 747 Magazine Street, just a block off of Julia Street. Come by to see amazing student art, as well as original works of art by George Rodrigue.

From 6:00 - 7:00 PM, Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue will be signing copies of Rodrigue: The Sanders Collection, a recent publication he co-authored with Houston businessman and philanthropist Don Sanders.

We will also have copies of The Pot & The Palette Cookbook for sale. This publication, produced in partnership with the Louisiana Restaurant Association, is illustrated by Louisiana students and features 100 recipes from the state's greatest chefs.

For White Linen Night, we are offering the Cookbook at the special price of $20.00!

Grab your white linen ensemble and be sure to visit us at 747 Magazine Street. We look forward to seeing you at Whitney White Linen Night!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Teachers Explore Arts Integration at LAA+ Summer Institute

Our Louisiana A+ Schools program has nearly doubled in 2015 to include a network of 17 schools across the state. To accommodate our growing number of LAA+ educators, we divided our annual Summer Institute into two one-week sessions, with our first group attending last week at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

So what happens at the Summer Institute? The entire faculty from each school participates in an engaging week of professional development, where they acquire the skills and confidence to incorporate the arts into every subject in every classroom. The teachers attended sessions led by LAA+ Fellows, who are experts in arts integration, and explored the practical application of visual art, dance, music, and theatre in their curricula.

LAA+ Fellows from week one of the Summer Institute

On Monday, our second 2015 LAA+ Summer Institute kicks off in Lafayette. 

Follow all of the action on Twitter at #aplusla!

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Saturday: Final Community Art Day in Houston

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts will be in Houston this Saturday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm for our final Community Art Day! We invite you to join us at the Rodrigue: Houston exhibition for a day of creative activities for the whole family. Make your own Blue Dog mask, color your own Blue Dog, have your face painted, and enjoy original works of art by artist George Rodrigue. This event is free and open to the public!

Houston Community Art Day
July 18th
West Ave. at River Oaks
2800 Kirby Drive
2nd floor
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

**The exhibition will be on view through July 19th.

Click here to view a photo album from our last Community Art Day in Houston.

Saturday's events will also feature a special book signing from 1:00-3:00 pm for the recently published Rodrigue: The Sanders Collection. Co-authors Jacques Rodrigue and Houston businessman, philanthropist, and Rodrigue collector Don Sanderswill be signing copies of the book, which features over 70 never-published Rodrigue works from Sanders' private collection.

Can't make it to the book signing in Houston? Purchase your copy of Rodrigue: The Sanders Collection here.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Houston Education Outreach by the Numbers

Since opening on April 25th, "Rodrigue: Houston" has introduced the art of George Rodrigue to thousands of community members. Throughout the run of this retrospective exhibition, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts has been proud to provide engaging education outreach to families and students in the area.

Over 5,000 people have visited "Rodrigue: Houston" to see George Rodrigue's original works of art, including his dark Louisiana landscapes, Cajun genre scenes, and iconic Blue Dog paintings.

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts provided free buses for Houston school groups to visit the exhibition. Over 800 students received educational tours, participated in engaging gallery activities, and created their own works of art.

Through our George's Art Closet program, we awarded 25 custom art supply kits to Houston schools. Each kit contained $1,000 of art supplies, which will be used by teachers to enhance lesson plans and engage students through the arts.

By the end of the exhibition, GRFA will have hosted 4 Community Art Days. These FREE Saturday events are a great way for Houston families to experience the art of George Rodrigue and participate in fun Blue Dog art activities.

Our final Community Art Day is Saturday, 
July 18, from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

"Rodrigue: Houston" will only be up for one more week! We invite you and your family to experience this special retrospective that spans George Rodrigue's 40-year career.  Thank you to our supporters in the Houston community for helping us share Rodrigue's legacy with so many friends, students, and families!