National Endowment For The Arts Chair to Visit Lusher Charter School

NEW ORLEANS – NEA Chairman Jane Chu will visit New Orleans from Nov. 12 – 14. Her trip will include a tour of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's new George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, an opportunity to observe a New Orleans Ballet Association class and a visit to Lusher Charter School.

         On Nov. 13, at 8:15 a.m., Chairman Chu is scheduled to visit Lusher Charter School's elementary campus located at 7315 Willow St. She’ll be joined by Kathy Riedingler, CEO, Lusher Charter School, Kathy DeJean, arts director, Lusher Charter School and Cathy Hernandez, executive director, Louisiana Division of the Arts.

         Chairman Chu will attend the school's morning meeting, and visit classrooms to learn more about the school's arts-integrated approach to learning. Later that afternoon, at 2:30 p.m., Chairman Chu, joined by Riedingler, DeJean, Hernandez and Blaine LeCesne, president of the board, Lusher Charter School, will meet with Lusher Charter School teachers, parents, and students for a discussion about their experiences at the high school campus, located at 5624 Freret St.

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         Lusher reps say the arts play a central role in the life of their students. With a full staff of practicing, professional artists, they say Lusher has the well-deserved reputation of being one of the top arts institutions in the city. Lushers’ Comprehensive Arts Education program of study engages students in the arts on multiple levels of experiences.

          Lusher Charter School is a 2014 – 2016 Exemplary School designated by the Arts Schools Network.

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