We partnered with George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts on an Inaugural scholarship songwriting competition, and 16 celebrity judges chose the finalists. A total of $55,000 in college scholarships were awarded to 18 high school students across Louisiana. CONGRATS to the Visual Arts Contest and Songwriting Contest Winners!
The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) announced today the winners of its annual visual art contest and inaugural songwriting competition in partnership with the Trombone Shorty Foundation. A total of $55,000 in college scholarships were awarded to 18 high school students across Louisiana (listed below). The 2020 contest theme was “The Art of Sound,” showing the connection between music and visual art through an original work of art or song. The annual awards ceremony – which was set for Saturday, March 21 at the Sheraton in New Orleans – was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are thrilled to award these extremely talented students with college scholarships, especially during a year that has caused financial strain for so many across the world” says Jacques Rodrigue, Executive Director of GRFA. “We look forward to continuing our work with each finalist and showcasing their works further in 2021.”
The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts Announces Annual Visual Arts Contest and Inaugural Scholarship Songwriting Contest Winners. Full article HERE.
In addition to awarding scholarships to each finalist, both visual arts and songwriting competitions included additional prize winnings that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and statewide restrictions, have been postponed until 2021. The songwriting competition’s three winners will have the chance to record their songs in a state-of-the-art professional recording studio under the mentorship of Grammy winning producers and engineers, along with the opportunity to perform their song on stage during the 2021 Trombone Shorty Foundation’s annual “Shorty Fest” benefit concert during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The visual arts contest winning entries will travel on public view as an exhibition at museums and cultural venues across Louisiana (date still TBD). Read the full article HERE.