The design of L.E. Rabouin High School student, 16-year-old Rashawn Williams will appear on the Krewe of Muses cup throw with her depiction of the Muse of Music and Flutes. The cup design is printed on more than 80,000 cups, which will be thrown from the 25-float Muses parade on Wednesday, February 2nd.
According to Krewe of Muses Captain Staci Rosenberg, the Krewe of Muses’ vision is to tap into and recognize the local artistic and cultural resources of the community and incorporate them into a Muses Mardi Gras tradition, making the entire community a part of the Krewe of Muses parade.
Rosenberg says, “The student cup art and the honorary muse projects are signature Muses activities that are popular with the community and everyone looks forward to participating.”
Rosenberg went on to say, “Art students anticipate the annual cup design competition and many groups and individuals have contacted us to offer nominations for the honorary muse in recognition of an outstanding and inspirational woman who has made a difference in our community. Our projects are fun and educational. Our ultimate goal is to contribute to the rich history of Mardi Gras.”
The cup design was selected from numerous middle and high school art student entries. To prepare students for the design competition representatives of the Muses Community Arts Committee distributed educational materials about the muses of Greek Mythology to the participating schools.
The Cup-Art and Honorary Muse projects are among several community-focused activities initiated by the Krewe of Muses throughout the year and during the Mardi Gras season. The four-year-old Muses organization has over 900 members and is the only all-female organization that parades at night. The 25-float parade will take the traditional St. Charles Avenue route on Wednesday evening, February 2, 2005.