The BCF Board

Ric Stewart

Executive Director

Ric Stewart (filmmaker, writer and producer) is the founder of Blues Center Foundation. He teaches Digital Media and Tourism Marketing at Tulane University and moonlights as D.J. Maraca on WTUL.

Stewart founded BCF to share music culture from New Orleans and its region with future generations by curating meaningful roots music discovery experiences based oral history, delivered both live and via new technologies.

Andrew Grafe Director

A blues and roots music DJ for WWOZ since 1999, Andrew moved to New Orleans to attend Loyola. Upon graduating he moved immediately to the French Quarter where he stayed for 10 years until deciding to renovate a house in the historic Treme.

When not renovating his house, you can find Andrew biking all over New Orleans or dancing at the second line on Sunday or in the many great music venues of the city.


Mike Griffith Director

Mike Griffith is the Director of the Innovative Learning Center at Tulane University.  He is also a lecturer in the Communication Department.  His academic background is in cultural and new media theory which he has used to develop theoretical frameworks for the development of emerging media pedagogies. Mike has been a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Fellow as well as a visiting scholar at the Newcomb College Institute.  He has written the "In Tune” music column and blog for New Orleans Magazine since 2014.  Mike is a Phd in Philosophy with MA in Cultural Theory.