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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Preservation Hall Student Concert

Yesterday, 2nd-grade students from Martin Behrman Charter School had a special morning at the Rodrigue Studio gallery in New Orleans. As part of our Louisiana A+ Schools network, they were the first people to see a newly curated exhibition "Rodrigue: Celebrating Music" which showcases music-themed paintings from throughout George Rodrigue's career.

GRFA Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue gave a behind-the-scenes tour to the students, sharing the stories and musicians that inspired the paintings.

Students were then treated to a private concert by the amazing musicians of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, who introduced the traditional music styles of New Orleans and discussed how they have shaped the history of the city. The Preservation Hall Foundation, which advocates for music education and preserving New Orleans' rich musical heritage, graciously partnered with GRFA for this special event.

"Rodrigue: Celebrating Music" opens to the public today and will remain on view through May 15, 2016. In addition to original paintings, this exhibition features the Rodrigue Steinway, which George Rodrigue created to fundraise for arts education in Louisiana.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Aioli Dinner Supper Club Coming to Shreveport

The Aioli Dinner Supper Club will be heading to Shreveport, Louisiana, on May 7, 2016! Join us and celebrate a four-course outdoor dinner with wine pairing to support Louisiana A+ Schools, a statewide arts-in-education program of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

Frierson Plantation
Shreveport, 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.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Art Contest Deadline is Tomorrow!

One Day Left to Enter Art Contest!

The deadline to enter GRFA's
2016 Scholarship Art Contest is tomorrow, February 17, 2016 at 5:00 PM. 

In partnership with the Krewe of Orpheus, the 2016 Art Contest is open to all Louisiana high school juniors and seniors who wish to submit an original work of art for the theme "Louisiana Celebrates Carnival."

Fifteen student finalists will share $45,000 in college scholarships! The overall winner will have their artwork turned into the official 2017 poster for the Krewe of Orpheus and be invited to ride in their 2017 parade!  Learn More.

Student Exhibit Opens in New Orleans

For the past eight months, the original artwork from our 2015 Scholarship Art Contest has been on tour at museums across Louisiana in Alexandria, Shreveport, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette. Tomorrow, "Louisiana's Music" makes its final stop in New Orleans, where it opens at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

The exhibition features 15 original pieces from Louisiana high school juniors and seniors and celebrates the dynamic musical heritage of the state. These talented students shared $45,000 in college scholarships through the 2015 Art Contest.