April 'Creative Louisiana' speaker announced: Jacques Rodrigue

April 'Creative Louisiana' speaker announced: Jacques Rodrigue
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POSTED: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 5:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 5:04am

Creative Louisiana, a monthly morning meetup for creative types, will hold its April event on Friday, April 26, 2013, at Baton Rouge Gallery, located at 1442 City Park Avenue in Baton Rouge. The featured guest speaker will be Jacques Rodrigue.

The event starts at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and mingling, followed by a creative lecture at 9:00 a.m., then a group discussion. Everyone is off to work or school by 10:00 a.m., and the event is free.

Join us to hear how Jacques Rodrigue, son of famed Blue Dog artist George Rodrigue, bypassed a career in law to work to help Louisiana education through arts-integration. Jacques traces his father's artistic history in order to draw parallels between his own career path and how we have to prepare our students for a life full of unknown opportunities.

Jacques is executive director of George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) and currently lives in New Orleans where he serves as House Counsel for Rodrigue Studio, his father's art gallery. As executive director of GRFA, Jacques publicly advocates for an arts-integrated education system through all media and oversees the Foundation's annual Scholarship Art Contest for Louisiana high school students and "George's Art Closet" (a program that gives art supplies to schools across Louisiana). Additionally, GRFA launched Louisiana A+ Schools (LAA+) in 2012, the first whole school arts-integrated school network of its kind in Louisiana. The National A+ Schools Consortium currently includes 120 schools in North Carolina, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Jacques graduated from Louisiana State University in General Business Administration and received his law degree from Tulane Law School in 2007.

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