~ Celebration of the Arts ~ In the pursuit of Excellence ~
“DeBose ~ Performance ~ Exhibition~ Competition”. Ten program events provide annual sponsorship of arts engagement experiences for emerging talent (elementary, secondary, and post-secondary). Three facets offer inter-generational activities: (a) Visual and Performing Arts for schools, (b) Louisiana Legacy Community Concert, and (c) National Piano Competition. Educational partnerships, multidisciplinary collaboration, and community outreach enable program implementation. Events are held at schools, arts centers, libraries, and community sites providing open accessibility to the public. Participants acquire cultural enrichment, mentorship, artist residencies, and achievement recognition.
The program, initially established with a focus on Classical Piano Performance, was established in 1974 to commemorate the legacy of Southern University Professor Tourgee DeBose (1894-1971), an African American Concert Pianist; and former Music Division Chairman of the university. For four decades this innovator motivated scores of students and arts devotees. A prodigious career was fostered through his background at Oberlin Conservatory, Juilliard School of Music, and L’ecole Normale de Musique (France). As a visionary, he provided music education for Louisiana’s first African American teachers and professional artists
Outreach and Discovery, as a signature theme, of the program encompasses components which provide qualitative enrichment to multiple Fine Arts Education areas. As an ancillary resource, the DeBose Fine Arts Series is characterized by partnerships and multidiscipline collaboration, designed to salute and showcase teacher and student achievement based on curriculum and studio criterion in Literary, Visual and Performing Arts. This annual program is motivated by advocacy, supporting existing Louisiana Education standards and National Education initiatives.
A review of recipient status of grants includes: (1) The Sternberg Family Foundation, (2) Freeport-McMoran Foundation (New Orleans), (3) Louisiana Division of the Arts-National Endowment for the Arts, (4) Louisiana Decentralized Arts Fund Programs, (5) Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge Project Assistance & Multicultural Funding, (6) Community Fund for the Arts, (7) Baton Rouge Chapter of the Junior League, (8) Baton Rouge Area Foundation, (9) Milton J. Womack Foundation, (10) ExxonMobil Volunteer Involvement/Cultural Gift Matching Program(s), (11) Target Charitable Foundation-Siegen Lane SuperStore, (12) Irene W. and C. B. Pennington Foundation, (13) Entergy Charitable Foundation, (14) Southern Arts Federation, (15) Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, and (16) The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation.
HISTORICAL FOUNDATION CREDENTIALS & PARTNERS
East Baton Rouge Parish School System: Office of Fine Arts - Endorsed Cultural Enrichment Program
East Baton Rouge Parish Library System: Main Library - Endorsed Cultural Enrichment Program
Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Louisiana State Arts Council,
National Endowment for the Arts.
Recipient Organization - Project Assistance Fund and Multicultural Organization Assistance Fund as administered by the Arts Council of
Greater Baton Rouge.
Southern University-Baton Rouge Campus and Baton Rouge Community College.
Mission. The goal is to annually present a Fine Arts Series-Competition which recognizes student achievement. Outreach, a critical component, comprises multilevel school and community participation, benefiting “high-standard-low”-performing educational programs. Opportunities are created to motivate “open" artistic sharing and aesthetic understanding. Cultural heritage is recognized and celebrated depicting unique qualities to highlight student development and teaching excellence in literary, visual and performing arts. Mission purposes are: (a) talent discovery, (b) under-served enrichment, (c) self image improvement, (d) new possibilities, and (e) role models. Additionally, outcomes include: (a) provision of support and ancillary resources for creative excellence; (b) motivation for awareness and respect for diversity; and (c) improve the quality of through cultural understanding within the community.
Curriculum Support Through Arts Integration is implemented through administrative endorsements and collaboration with schools, studios, libraries, arts centers and universities. The DeBose Fine Arts Festival Series-National Piano Competition is a multidisciplinary arts program, providing success opportunities through Literary, Visual and Performing Arts. Major components feature: student showcases, exhibitions, recitals and concerts (elementary, secondary and university), and artists-in-residence. Each event highlights teaching excellence characterized by multilevel talent (beginners, intermediate, advanced and accelerated); presenting students in adjudicated and non-competing events. On stage productions feature: choral and instrumental music, music theater, drama/spoken word and dance. Mounted exhibitions feature two-three dimension art and poster art (elementary, middle and high schools).
Specific events are planned to increase insight and perception through experiences that nurture inspired discovery. Mutual efforts focus on increased awareness to stimulate cognitive skills, opportunities for success and elevate instructive standards. Creative discovery, interactive outreach projects and culminating events benefit local schools and studios. Exhibition and performance opportunities (curriculum standards based) are multidisciplinary and intergenerational “. Approved sites for presentations include: schools, libraries, arts centers and universities.