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Rau for Art Foundation awards grant to three JPPSS high schools

222849_212485752114802_7772382_nArt students at three Jefferson Parish Public School System high schools will have more means to express their creativity next school year. Haynes Academy for Advanced Studies, John Ehret High, and Thomas Jefferson High are three of seven area schools receiving Teacher’s Assistance Fund grants from the Rau for Art Foundation.

“These are all wonderful programs led by dedicated and enthusiastic art teachers,” says Skye Ross, this year’s head of the RFA Teacher’s Fund Committee. “The teachers have all expressed that they are thrilled to be starting out the next school year with a fresh allotment of art supplies, which we will deliver to them in early September.”

Following in the success of the 5th annual Rau for Art Scholarship Competition, M.S. Rau Antiques announced the seven New Orleans area high school art departments that will receive grants from its Teacher’s Assistance Fund for the 2016-2017 school year. The seven schools will receive grants which will be used by art teachers at that particular school to purchase art supplies and instructional materials.

The goal of the Rau for Art Teacher’s Assistance Fund is to help high school art educators in the New Orleans area to have more available resources to creatively enrich their students. Individual grant proposals were submitted for review to the foundation’s website for a chance to win up to $2,500 for each school. Proposals received this year covered a broad range of needs, from art supplies, instruction materials and class field trips.

The Rau for Art Foundation was founded by Bill Rau in commemoration of M.S. Rau Antiques’ 2012 Centennial. This program, along with the foundation’s yearly student Scholarship Competition, allows the RFA to have a greater impact on arts education in Greater New Orleans, benefiting both students and their schools. Employees of M.S. Rau Antiques comprise the RFA, contributing their time and professional skills to help these students reach their dreams.