Last week, The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) and Trombone Shorty Foundation (TSF) announced that its 2021 art and songwriting contest will be themed "Alone Together: Art in the Time of the Pandemic." The contest is open to high school juniors and seniors across the state and 13 winners will be awarded $25,000 in college scholarships.
Both foundations are encouraging students to reflect and explore their though on this past year and create works of art and music inspired by their reflections. Questions to reflect upon include "How has disaster and disease shaped art throughout history?", "What does social distancing and quarantine mean to you?", and "What do you miss most about life before COVID-19?". There is no GPA requirement, and it is not required that the student study art or music to be eligible for a scholarship award.
Ten young artists and three young songwriters from Louisiana will selected as the finalists by contest judges. All of the winning art entries will then travel on exhibition in multiple cities across the state. The songwriting finalists will receive additional prizes which will be announced at a later date. (This is GRFA's second-annual songwriting contest in partnership with TSF.)
Students can now submit their original work online and the deadline for entry submission is Friday, February 26, 2021. Next year's Awards Ceremony will take place virtually.