Founded: Academic Year: 1974 – State of Louisiana Incorporated: 1986 –
IRS Non-Profit Designation: 1987
MISSION: The Mission is dedication to excellence in areas of the Fine Arts (Literary, Visual, and Performing) and Classical Piano, featuring a curriculum driven program, providing open access opportunities through interdisciplinary collaboration. Program endorsements, partnerships, school, and studio alliances support qualitative teaching and outcome-based performance; distinguished by “outreach” activities, interactive projects, and artist residences.
SERVICES: optimum performance/exhibition experiences for aspiring young artists and the community from its inception (1974) onto incorporation in 1986, the DeBose Foundation has expanded to meet the challenges of organizational growth, non-profit organization status requirements, including affiliations and memberships with Arts, Education, and Youth agencies.
As an annual festival, the series is designed to provide “open opportunities”; address community cultural needs; and, enrich schools subject to reduction and/or elimination of arts curricular. The curriculum-driven program salutes teaching excellence as it presents youth and professionals in performance/exhibition highlights to provide developmental curriculum support to education.
COMMEMORATION: The DeBose Competition-Festival commemorates the legacy of Southern University Professor Tourgee DeBose (African American Concert Pianist) and former Music Division Chairman. This innovative pioneer, who for more than three decades, motivated scores of students, and arts devotees. His life’s work provided music education for Louisiana’s first African American teachers and professional artists Throughout Louisiana and significant cultural centers in the United States, the Professor’s prodigious career exemplified intense discipline and scholarship in pursuit of artistic excellence.
PARTNERS: East Baton Rouge School System, East Baton Rouge Parish Library System, Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College, and Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
DeBose Fdtn. Administrative Board
DeBose Administrative Board: (L/R): Kevin Smith, Melba Moye, Brenda Guinn, Patricia Sterling, Marie Flowers, Geraldine Edwards, Chela Mitchell, Doveal Essex, Mary Burton, Shirley Whitfield, Myrtle E. David, Dianne Smith, Aaron Jackson, Angela Barnes, Bernestine McGee, Eileen Kennedy
DeBose Foundation: (Seated-L/R) Faye Barnes, Patricia Sterling, Myrtle David, Corothy Hall, Melba Moye. Standing (L/R) Dorothy Haysbert, Doveal Essex, Connie Hicks, Helen Gist, Anne Wright, Rebecca Cureau, Dorothy David, Cheryl Hall, Geraldine Simms, Shirley Whitfield, Mary Burton, Geraldine Edwards, Velta Cross, Rhea Gilmore, E. C. Harrison, Randell Henry, Eileen Kennedy.