NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA– M.S. Rau on Royal Street, in the French Quarter is known all over the galaxy as a premier place to purchase artifacts and fine art. They are well-versed in art history, but they also know art future. Once a year, through their foundation, Rau for Art, they hold a competition to pick three high school student-artists and fuel their education with scholarship money. Zoe Johnson is the Scholarship Foundation Chair and Rebecca Rau is the Executive Director of Rau for art.

Usually, there is a grand luncheon to pay homage to the victors, but with this year’s coronavirus pandemic, and the necessity of social distancing, the committee had to think outside of the box. They had a genius idea to surprise the winners by showing up and putting large checks in their front lawns!

For nine years, they have chosen students who enter the contest, from the greater New Orleans area. The judges pick winners based on the submitted artwork of students and look at skill, originality and the interpretation of the yearly theme. This year the theme is “there’s no place like earth.”

Source: Fox 2 Now