The George Rodrigue Basis of the Arts Announces Yearly Visible Arts and Songwriting Contest Winners

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NEW ORLEANS (press launch) – The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) declared right now the winners of its once-a-year visible artwork and songwriting contests, awarding 13 high school juniors and seniors from across Louisiana with $25,000 in school scholarships (winners mentioned underneath). Winners from the Songwriting contest, in partnership with the Trombone Shorty Foundation, will have the opportunity to perform at the foundation’s future annual fundraiser, Shorty Fest (day TBD). The 2021 contest concept was “Alone Jointly: Art in the Time of Pandemic,” which inspired pupils to reflect and discover their thoughts on this difficult yr and generate operates of artwork and songs motivated by their reflections.

“This year’s art and songwriting contest winners were being genuinely distinctive,” states Jacques Rodrigue, GRFA’s Government Director.  “It has not been easy for these college students, discovering almost from household, and lacking the in-man or woman help and friendship that is so important for the duration of significant faculty yrs. These students overcame many issues confronted and designed art that was all-encompassing of the 12 months we have all experienced. My hope is that these artists will keep on to encourage and uplift other folks just as they have done with us by means of this contest.”

College students have been questioned to contemplate the next inquiries when creating their first artwork and tracks:

  • How has catastrophe and disease shaped artwork in the course of heritage?
  • How has your everyday living modified as a final result of COVID-19?
  • What does social distancing and quarantine imply to you?
  • What has been the most difficult element of this 12 months for you?
  • What do you overlook most about lifetime right before COVID-19?
  • What is your hope for the potential?

Songwriting Contest Winners: A panel of superstar judges, including Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes (New Orleans musician, guide author and ethnographic photographer), Aaron Wilkinson (Honey Island Swamp Band), Robin Barnes (“The Songbird of New Orleans”), Paul Sanchez (musician, founding member of the rock band Cowboy Mouth) and Don Markowitz (American composer best identified for co-producing the Academy Award successful music, “I’ve Had the Time of My Life”) picked 3 finalists to share $6,000 in school scholarships. Judging standards was based on framework and composition, melody, and lyrics. Winners will also have the option to complete at the Trombone Shorty Foundation’s annual fundraiser, Shorty Fest (day TBD).


*Soundcloud documents for each individual tune are hyperlinked underneath.

1st Place – $3,000

Keelan Jiles, Jr. (Junior, Warren Easton Senior Higher College, New Orleans)

“Viral War”


2nd Put – $2,000

Thai Booker (Senior, Ponchatoula Significant University, Ponchatoula)



3rd Put – $1,000

Owusu Diallo (Junior, New Orleans Centre for Creative Arts, New Orleans)

“What We Feelin”


“What a yr it’s been, and it is so uplifting to see the artistic expression that will come out of hard moments,” claims Bill Taylor, Government Director of the Trombone Shorty Basis. “These youthful songwriters have created this sort of talented and influenced function.”


Visual Artwork Contest Winners: Contest judges selected the under 10 finalists to share $19,000 in faculty scholarships. Personal visual artwork was judged on thought/structure, technological skill and creativity.

Art contest judges involved Janet Wolfe (Artist and Art Educator), Jill Hackney (Artist), Dana Holland-Bieckert (Curator – Rodrigue Studio), Misty Taylor (Collections and Exhibitions Supervisor – Hilliard Art Museum), Kay LaFrance (Previous Write-up Business office Museum, Winnsboro), Emily Feazel (Designer, Reveals & Distinctive Situations – R.W. Norton Artwork Gallery), Kathy Rodriguez (Professor, Department of Fine Arts – College of New Orleans), Priscilla Simpson (Director of Gatherings and Functions – Shaw Heart for the Arts), Tammie Haubner (Director – Imperial Calcasieu Museum) and Catherine Pears (Government Director – Alexandria Museum of Artwork).


*Complete information on each individual winner’s artwork can be observed Right here. Graphic data files for every winner are hyperlinked under.


1st Area Senior — $5,000

John Landry (Teurlings Catholic Significant College Lafayette, LA)

“Quarantine Blues”


2nd Location Senior – $4,000

Religion Bass (St. Mary’s Dominican Significant College, New Orleans, LA)

“Pandemics: History Repeats Itself”


3rd Position Senior – $3,000

Angel Caine (Woodlawn Substantial School, Baton Rouge, LA)



4th Place Senior – $2,000

Alaina Le (St. Thomas More Substantial Faculty, Lafayette, LA)



5th Place Senior – $1,000

Catherine Rollins (St. Joseph’s Academy, Baton Rouge, LA)

“Autism and an Alien World”


1st Area Junior – $1,500

Isabelle Stelly (Southside Highschool, Youngsville, LA)

“Reflections in Quarantine”


2nd Spot Junior – $1,000

Chloe Babin (Vandebilt Catholic Large Faculty, Houma, LA)

“The Persistence of Covid”


3rd Spot Junior – $750

Adisyn Estes (Sam Houston Substantial University, Lake Charles, LA)

“Silenced by Circumstance”


4th Spot Junior – $500

Iris Kobrock (New Orleans Middle for Creative Arts, New Orleans, LA)

“New Storms”


5th Location Junior – $250

Yazmin Carmona (Woodlawn Higher Faculty, Baton Rouge, LA)

“When the Entire world Stopped”



Exclusive many thanks to this year’s sponsors: Jones Walker, Paul Leaman, Dathel Georges, Barbara and Biff Motley.


Started by George Rodrigue in 2009, the GRFA Scholarship Arts Contest has received 5,881 submissions and awarded $530,000 in complete scholarships to practically 200 students. For much more information, be sure to stop by



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