The Rock & Rouge Festival established The Rock & Rouge Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit, dedicated to granting small scholarships to young women who want to explore science, technology, engineering, arts & mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.). STEAM activities are set up under the Tomboy Tent where we introduce these paths to girls starting as young as age 8 and up to age 14. The Rock & Rouge Foundation presents the Tomboy STEAM tent for young girls at the Rock & Rouge Women’s Music & Food Festival with an array of educational and entertaining activities. Our tent features ElectricGirls.org and Microsoft with workshops where kids can learn about squishy boards and snap circuits, play games on XBox’s, and interact with digital art apps on SurfacePro tablets. There is also a goo-making table for our younger girls, art installations by Dara Quick and Jaz Butler instructing one-on-one drum lessons.
The Rock & Rouge also highlights our wonderfully talented rock and roll women musicians in New Orleans. Our headliner for 2018 was the Soul Queen of New Orleans Miss Irma Thomas. What better woman to have open up the inaugural Rock & Rouge than Irma! Other performers on the Women Who Rock Stage included The Vettes, Gina Brown, DiNOLA, Carolyn Broussard, Frenchie Moe and Big Pearl & the Fugitives of Funk, to name a few. On the Rouge Stage, we had headliner Valerie Sassyfras, Yaszmine Foucha, Crescent City Sound Chorus, and the Krewe of Amazons doing a drum line. We are always challenged and outnumbered by male-fronted bands and other genres of music in a jazz town. So, we set out on a mission to showcase and empower women and girls through music, food, various informative panels and STEAM education.
In closing, The Foundation intends to fund small grants to girls who may have an interest or future in STEAM school programs. The festival will serve, in part, as the Foundation’s annual fundraising event. Donations and sponsorships are required to make this mission a reality. So, we welcome all walks of life and the foundation can accept gifts in kind. Let’s rise up for our women and children for our future living in Louisiana.
For more info please contact us or if you would like to send a donation directly:
The Rock & Rouge Foundation
1000 Bourbon Street #224
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116