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Art and songwriting scholarship contest

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) and Trombone Shorty Foundation (TSF) has announced the theme for its 2021 art and songwriting contest – “Alone Together: Art in the Time of Pandemic.”
Open to Louisiana high school juniors and seniors, 10 young artists and three songwriters will be awarded $25,000 in college scholarships. As the end of 2020 approaches, GRFA and TSF encourage students to reflect and explore their thoughts on this difficult year and create works of art and music inspired by their reflections.
Artists and songwriters can now submit their original artwork or song/lyrics at Deadline for entry submission is Friday, Feb. 26, 2021.
Students are asked to consider the following questions when creating their original art and songs:
• How has disaster and disease shaped art throughout history?
• How has your life changed as a result of COVID-19?
• What does social distancing and quarantine mean to you?
• What has been the most difficult part of this year for you?
• What do you miss most about life before COVID-19?
• What is your hope for the future?
“Throughout his life, my Dad responded to obstacles by creating art,” says Jacques Rodrigue, GRFA’s Executive Director.
“This year’s visual art and songwriting contest entries will serve as a touchstone for the future, showcasing how so many Louisiana students overcame challenges faced during this difficult year. We hope this contest can bring students together through art and song and help rebuild a sense of community that’s been missing during the pandemic.”
Visual artwork submissions will be judged on the following three criteria:
• Concept/Design – Does the artwork address the theme in a clear and inventive way?
• Technical skill – Does the artwork show an understanding of visual art principles such as use of color, shading, light, and form?
• Creativity – Does the artwork showcase an original point of view? Does it provide a fresh perspective on the theme?
Song submissions will be judged on the following criteria:
• Structure and composition – Does the song have clearly identifiable sections (verse, chorus, etc.)? Is the song between 2-5 minutes? Does the song have a clear theme and cohesive structure? Does the music have an identifiable rhyme scheme or pattern?
• Melody – Does the song have continuity and coherence in melody, as well as tone and style? Does the song offer something unique, different and totally original? Does the music keep the listener interested and engaged?
• Lyrics – Are the lyrics creative and original? Do they inspire an emotional or visceral reaction from the listener? Do the music and lyrics fit together in a cohesive way?
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