A Studio in the Woods
was named a recipient Dec. 16 of a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The studio, now a Tulane University artist residency, is one of 895 Art Works grant recipients. The grant will fund residencies to artists for the series "Ebb & Flow: Dialogues between art and water." The 2014 Art Works grants total $23.4 million.
The Louisiana SPCA
shared a donation of 28,000 pet toys from an anonymous donor with partner shelters and rescue groups. Groups that received the toys just before Christmas include Animal Rescue New Orleans, Humane Society of Louisiana, Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society, St. Bernard Parish Animal Shelter and more than a dozen others.
The What You Give Will Grow Foundation,
created by New Orleans Saints kicker Thomas Morstead, donated Christmas presents to children at Ochsner Medical Center on Dec. 17. Morstead and Saints players Terron Armstead, Bryce Harris, Senio Kelemete, Lance Moore, Cameron Jordan, Kenny Stills and Nick Toon handed out gifts and posed for photos.
one of four BP employees charged with crimes related to the 2010 Gulf oil disaster, was found guilty Dec. 18 of obstruction of justice by a federal jury in New Orleans. Mix deleted hundreds of text messages related to the event, which killed 11 people, and at least some of the messages regarded the amount of oil discharged, which varied from BP's official number. Mix faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.