Plessy is thrilled to announce that, through its partnership with the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, it has been selected as one of three Louisiana schools to participate in the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities’ (PCAH) Turnaround Arts initiative – a program designed to narrow the achievement gap and increase student engagement in the arts. The program is in six states this year, including three Louisiana schools. PCAH has also announced that Turnaround Artists Alfre Woodard and Trombone Shorty will “adopt” the Plessy School and work directly with students to support their arts education.Louisiana A+ Schools is a research-based whole school network with a mission of nurturing creativity in every learner through an arts-integrated school network.

For over 30 years, the principals in Early Learning Focus have worked to bring developmentally appropriate training and materials to children’s “first teachers,” –families, caregivers, and early childhood educators– in order to give low income/under-served children the social-emotional and cognitive tools, necessary to succeed in school and beyond.  The E.L.F. team at Plessy are working towards ensuring a successful Kindergarten transition.

Through the Music for Life program with the LPO, bassists Paul Marces and Matt Ambro provide individual and group instruction for students in the Plessy Strings Program. The partnership also provides funding for materials and repairs. 

Communities in Schools runs our after-care program called Champ Camp.  Communities In Schools believes that every child needs and deserves these “Five Basics.” A one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, healthy start and a healthy future, marketable skill to use upon graduation, chance to give back to peers and community.  Learn more at

For 39 years, the Greater New Orleans Writing Project at the University of New Orleans has been a site of the National Writing Project, an organization dedicated to improving writing and the teaching of writing throughout the Greater New Orleans area and the nation. We achieve our goals through teacher collaboration, inquiry into best practices, and support of teacher-writers and student-writers in New Orleans area classrooms.

Louisiana A+ Schools is a research-based whole school program with a mission of nurturing creativity in every learner through an arts-integrated school network. Learn more at


The Jazz and Heritage Foundation is generously providing funding to our arts programs through their Community Partnership Grant. Through the Jazz and Heritage Community Partnership Grant, violinist and violist Amelia Clingman has been provided individual instruction to students in the Plessy Strings Program for the past 3 years. More information can be found here.

In a rapidly changing global society, we need to prepare all children by providing them with knowledge as well as the creativity, confidence and critical thinking skills to thrive in a world we cannot yet imagine. That’s where KID smART comes in. KID smART uses the power of the arts to turn information into insight and content into creativity. KID smART’s focus is arts integration—linking the arts with the existing academic curriculum. Our programming is designed to benefit under-resourced children in public schools in the New Orleans area.

Interested in becoming a Plessy Partner?  Contact Aron Michalski,, or call us for more information on how to get more involved