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Gunner Dongieux ’13, received a merit award in Visual Arts from the National Young Arts Foundation.
He was one of 693 winners, representing 42 states.  Gunner is currently a senior at Ben Franklin High School and NOCCA.

The National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) was established in 1981 by Lin and Ted Arison. YoungArts’ signature program is an application-based award for emerging artists ages 15–18 or in grades 10–12 from across the United States. Selected through a blind adjudication process conducted by an independent panel of highly accomplished artists, YoungArts Winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, professional development and educational experiences working with renowned mentors—such as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Sarah Brightman, Plácido Domingo, Frank Gehry, Jeff Koons, Wynton Marsalis, Rebecca Walker and Carrie Mae Weems—and performance and exhibition opportunities at some of the nation’s leading cultural institutions.

Congratulations Gunner!

Kate Madura ’14, was one of the artists involved in the NORDC Lemann Pool Mural Project.
Kate is a lead teen artist with YAM and currently is a junior at Ben Franklin High School.

The Welcome Table New Orleans Mid-City Circle and partners Young Artists’ Movement (YAM), Prospect New Orleans, and the Arts Council New Orleans presented an original mural by Keith Duncan and community youth at the NORDC Lemann Pool on the Lafitte Greenway on December 3rd.
The mural reflects themes of racial reconciliation and community that emerged from a facilitated dialogues series.

Kate also participated in the discussion panel at the unveiling ceremony on Dec 3.


Morning Exercise

St. Andrew’s has a wonderful tradition called “morning exercise.” Our entire school meets for a morning assembly with a prayer, pledge and song led by our students followed by a few words from our Head of School. Today, our Head of School, Mel Brown, read one of his favorite poems: “Sure On This Shining Night,” by James Agee. After the reading, Mr. Brown and his wife, Inka, performed the beautiful and contemplative song by Samuel Barber that uses the poem as the text. Listen to the beautiful music and singing.

Video from Morning Exercise, August 29th