Art Teachers Receive Funds

Three New Orleans high school art teachers were selected to receive a total of $3,270 in much-needed supplies for the art programs they supervise. This year’s recipients are Beverly Cook, Eleanor McMain Secondary School, Orleans Parish ($1,335); Rickey Henry, Lake Area New TechECHS, Orleans Parish ($635); and Katy Simmons- Carroll, Mount Carmel Academy ($1,300).
The Rau for Art Teacher’s Art Fund awards high school art instructors in the New Orleans area whose schools are experiencing cut backs for art supplies. Each teacher must submit an individual proposal through the foundation’s website for a chance to win up to $2,500 in supplies for each school.
“I am so grateful to the Rau for Art program for helping us,” said Katy Simmons-Carroll, Mount Carmel Academy. “We are using the money for our Empty Bowls Project, an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. The students will learn wheel and hand-building ceramic techniques to create bowls for sale to benefit a local food bank.”

Another grant recipient, art and ceramics instructor Beverly Cook with Eleanor McMain Secondary School added, “We are so excited to be able to provide the materials for the ceramics classes which our students have been looking forward to using.”

The Teacher’s Art Fund, provided by M.S. Rau Antiques, is now in its third year. The Rau for Art Foundation was founded by Bill Rau in commemoration of M.S. Rau Antiques’ 2012 Centennial.

“We had such a great experience our first year with the RFA that we expanded our mission to reach beyond just the students to the teachers who are responsible for incubating this creative talent,” says M.S. Rau Antiques founder Bill Rau, who also oversees the Rau for Art program. “Meeting all of the art educators in our area has been enlightening. These teachers work incredibly hard, and knowing that we’re assisting them and all the talented young artists they impact makes all of us feel both honored and humbled.”

“We continue to have an excellent response and engagement with the local art community for this program, as well as our annual Rau for Art student scholarship contest,” explained Bill Rau. “Meeting these teachers is always so inspiring and they work incredibly hard to nurture creative talent.”

To learn more about the Rau for Art program and the Teacher’s Art Fund, visit

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