The Adeline Edwards Foundation,
which offers grants to the Young Aspirations/Young Artists (YAYA) community, awarded 10 grants to New Orleans area YAYA artists and alumni through the foundation's 2015 YAYA Alumni Grants initiative. The recipients were awarded up to $8,000 for scholarships, professional development and creative ventures. The foundation also awarded grants to recipients in Texas and Tennessee.
The House of Blues Music Forward Foundation
awarded more than $8,000 worth of new instruments to seven New Orleans children on Feb. 1. The foundation's Give Music initiative in late 2014 gathered 2,000 letters from young musicians requesting new instruments. The foundation awarded more than $60,000 in instruments nationwide. The foundation has provided more than $20 million to arts education and music programs since 1993.
Lusher Charter School's student literary magazine, received top honors in Louisiana from the National Council of Teachers in English. The magazine features work produced in the school's creative writing program, photography and other art. Its winning student editors are Peyton Brunet and Helene Lovett and the faculty adviser is Brad Richard.
U.S. Rep. John Fleming
said President Barack Obama defended Islamist terror group ISIS when the president, while addressing the National Prayer Breakfast earlier this month, said religious violence was not exclusive to the Middle East. Fleming made his remarks during the Family Research Council's Washington Watch radio show Feb. 6, adding that Obama essentially compared ISIS to Revolutionary War patriots.