Lusher Charter School Teacher – Artist Of The Year

Lusher Charter School teacher Brad Richard and his 2015 Louisiana Culture Award for “Artist of the Year.”

NEW ORLEANS – Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and the Office of Cultural Development recognized Lusher Charter School teacher Brad Richard as the 2015 Louisiana Culture Award for “Artist of the Year” at the 2015 Louisiana Culture Awards reception held on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the Capitol Park Museum. The ceremony was held in conjunction with Culture Connection, the annual conference of Louisiana’s culture stakeholders.

         Richard is founder and Chair of Lusher's Creative Writing Department and Co-Director of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards/ Southeast Louisiana Writing Region. He has published three collections of poetry and was the winner of the 2010 Washington Prize. His work has been featured in numerous prestigious anthologies and journals. Richard has received many grants and awards, including the Century Swept Brutal/ Black Ocean Award in Excellence; a Louisiana Division of the Arts Artist Fellowship in Literature; the Poets & Writers, Inc., Writers Exchange Award in Poetry; and a Surdna Foundation Artist Teacher Fellowship.

         Richard is also a co-founder of the New Writers Literary Festival (LitFest) and The Waves Reading Series.

         “Lusher is incredibly proud of Mr. Richard, as are his students!” said Lusher CEO Kathy Riedlinger. “We are so lucky to have the Artist of the Year as Chair of our Creative Writing Department. His talent, creativity and passion have blossomed in every one of his pupils.”

         At Lusher, Richard has guided twenty students from the creative writing program to receive scholarships to the Kenyon Review Young Writers Summer Workshop. He also founded “street,” Lusher’s high school literary journal, which was awarded the highest award by the 2014 National Council of Teachers of English.

         Students from Lusher's creative writing program have received recognition in many regional and national competitions, including 2014 National Student Poet, Madeleine LeCesne; and 2008 Finalist, Presidential Scholar in the Arts program, Timothy Clayton. Lusher students consistently sweep the Scholastic Writing Awards and Louisiana Writes awards. In addition, graduates of Lusher’s creative writing program have gone on to the nation’s most prestigious colleges and Master of Fine Arts programs in creative writing and have received national recognition, such as a Fellowship from the Cave Cahem Foundation.

         17 Louisiana Culture Award recipients were honored at the event including three other award winners from New Orleans: Tipitina’s Foundation (Outstanding Arts Organization), Creole Wild West, (Folklife Heritage Award) and Irvin Mayfield (Lt. Governor’s Passion for Culture Award).

         Each honoree has made outstanding contributions to Louisiana’s culture. Winners were selected in concert with the Louisiana State Arts Council, Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation, Louisiana Archaeological Survey and Antiquities Commission, Louisiana Folklife Commission, and Council for the Development of French in Louisiana from public nominations earlier this year.

         The highest performing Kindergarten – 12th grade public school in the state, Lusher Charter School, a National Blue Ribbon School in partnership with Tulane University, offers a unique program that inspires imagination and intellectual curiosity. Lusher’s renowned academic program engages students and challenges them to think critically, analytically and creatively. Lusher Charter School is a 2014-2016 Exemplary School designated by the Arts Schools Network.

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