LAFAYETTE, LA — The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) and Capital One Bank today announced a partnership to award art supplies to Lafayette schools through the George’s Art Closet program. The partnership also will include support of other education programs within the Lafayette area.
To launch the partnership, GRFA and Capital One Bank officials donated art supplies valued at more than $1,500 to SJ Montgomery Elementary at a special event with artist George Rodrigue this morning. During the event, more than 100 kindergarten students joined Rodrigue in painting a Blue Dog. The students also participated in a question-and-answer session with the famed artist and read Why is Blue Dog Blue?
“Through our experiences with the George Rodrigue Foundation, we immediately noticed that most schools in Louisiana lack the basic funds and materials to incorporate art into their curriculum,” says George Rodrigue. “Many teachers have little or no budget for art supplies. They are forced to purchase what they need personally or do without. Through George’s Art Closet and with the help of community partners such as Capital One Bank, we can help teachers overcome this obstacle and give them the tools they need to make each classroom an imaginative and innovative learning environment.”
“Through an approach called ‘Investing for Good,’ Capital One Bank works to generate lasting, local community impact through our delivery of core banking services and specialized community development, philanthropic and volunteer support. As part of this commitment, we’re pleased to work with the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts to support education for our local children,” said Mike Wack, Capital One Bank’s Southwest Louisiana Market President. “S.J. Montgomery Elementary is the first of a number of schools that will receive a donation through this partnership, and we look forward to bringing art supplies to schools in the greater Lafayette area.”
“I am very excited for our students to be able to meet and work with Mr. George Rodrigue. This is an extraordinary opportunity to integrate art into education. We are so appreciative for the support of Capital One Bank and the George Rodrigue Foundation,” says S.J. Montgomery principal Janine LaFleur.
About George’s Art Closet
In order to address the chronic lack of funding in schools for art supplies and encourage teaching the arts in every classroom, GRFA provides high quality art materials to Louisiana schools through the George’s Art Closet program. In three years, almost 50 Louisiana Schools have received nearly $100,000 in art supply awards. Art supply kits are customized with selected schools to address their specific needs and desires. Teachers may visit www.georgerodriguefoundation.org to download the application for George’s Art Closet. Art supplies are awarded on a rolling basis throughout the school year.