EBR Lab Academy Receives Rodrigue Foundation Art Closet Donations
- September 20, 2011
Blue Dog Artist Kicks Off Student Art Contest for State Bicentennial
Thousands of dollars in art supplies, enough to supply students for an entire year, were donated to the East Baton Rouge Laboratory Academy on Friday, September 16, at a special event featuring Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne. The school currently has no art budget, so the George’s Arts Closet Kit will go a long way in helping the school.
Rodrigue and Dardenne were on hand at the school for another reason, as well. The two are partners in the 2012 George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts Art Contest for students with the theme of “Louisiana’s Bicentennial.” The Louisiana Bicentennial Commission will choose one high school student’s artwork as the official poster to celebrate Louisiana’s 200th year as a state. Present for the announcement were (pictured, left to right): Dardenne, Band director Lorenzo McCoy, EBR Lab Academy Principal Molly Williams, Jacques Rodrigue and George Rodrigue.
This annual contest offers one-time college scholarships and awards totaling more than $45,000 to the top 10 senior and top five junior winners. The top winner will receive a $6,000 college scholarship. Last year, out of over 600 entries from 114 cities across Louisiana 15 winning students shared $45,000 in college scholarships. Posters featuring the artwork of the overall 2012 winner will be sold online and across the state by the Louisiana Bicentennial Commission (http://www.louisianabicentennial2012.com).
The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts was created in 2009 to provide financial assistance in the arts and other areas. The Foundation also plans, develops and implements unique educational art programs specially designed to enhance and expand art curriculums. The Arts Closet Kit program was designed to provide art supplies to Louisiana art teachers and schools whose funding does not otherwise allow for an art program. The kits are custom-designed by educational professionals for both elementary and secondary levels. For more information on the Foundation and the art contest, please visit: http://www.georgerodriguefoundation.org/site.php or http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fjF2xWLPqsw.
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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