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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Call of Entries - 2018 Art Contest!

Monsters, myths, and legends have always inspired artists. Throughout his career, George Rodrigue breathed visual life into these stories, using his imagination to invent images and scenes associated with the tales, particularly those of the Cajun people. As a young boy in New Iberia, Louisiana, George's mother warned him, "If you're not good today, the Loup-garou will eat you tonight!" Years later, it was Rodrigue's artistic interpretation of the Loup-garou, or Cajun werewolf, that launched his iconic Blue Dog series.

This year, in partnership with the Louisiana Folklore Society, we invite Louisiana high school juniors and seniors to use their creativity to bring a monster, myth, or legend to life through an original work of art.

We encourage students to explore their local and regional folklore like George Rodrigue did; however, we also welcome them to create their own unique monster, myth, or legend through their art.

JANUARY 19, 2018

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Relief Print: PRE-ORDER NOW

George Rodrigue Family and Foundation Release Historic Blue Dog Print for Hurricane Harvey Relief

Proceeds from George Rodrigue's We Will Rise Again benefit affected schools in Texas and Louisiana

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) and the Rodrigue family announce a re-release of George Rodrigue's historic post-Katrina print We Will Rise Again (2005) to benefit schools throughout Texas and Louisiana impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

George Rodrigue raised millions of dollars for humanitarian and arts organizations following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The original print of We Will Rise Again raised $700,000, much of it generated by Texans, many of whom also helped displaced Louisiana families.

This special release includes the reference "Hurricane Harvey 2017" in the white border alongside the words "We Will Rise Again" and Rodrigue's official estate-stamped signature.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Prints sell for $500 each, a price set by Rodrigue for the original 2005 post-Katrina edition, long sold out. Rather than limit the new prints by number, GRFA limits them by time, with hopes of raising much-needed funds as quickly as possible for hurricane and flood impacted schools in Texas and Louisiana.

We Will Rise Again, 2017 
A silkscreen print by George Rodrigue
27x18 inches
Open edition (closing Dec. 31, 2017)
Official Rodrigue estate stamped signature 

*Prints will ship in approximately four (4) weeks. Please add $30 for shipping and handling.

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George Rodrigue photographed with "We Will Rise Again" (2005)

About We Will Rise Again

Each print includes a frameable statement by George Rodrigue, preceded by a message from his family:

We dedicate this special release of George Rodrigue's We Will Rise Again to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey and its devastating floods. Like all Louisianians, we recall the unconditional support and kindness shown towards us by our Texas neighbors following Hurricane Katrina. To you, and to our beloved home state, we share this artwork and these enduring words, written by George Rodrigue.

-Wendy, André, and Jacques, August 2017

"Those of us from south Louisiana grew up with the aftermaths of hurricanes Audrey, Betsy, Camille...and now Katrina. As in times before, 'We will rise again.' Tears and rising water threaten to drown us. But don't be deceived. The land may be under water, but the spirit of New Orleans and the culture of Louisiana hold their heads high.

We Will Rise Again shows the American flag covered with water. The blue dog is partly submerged, and its eyes, normally yellow, are red with a broken heart. Like a ship's SOS, the red cross on the dog's chest calls out for help.

Katrina hit me personally at ground zero. My immediate thought was for the safety of people I know, followed by the shock of seeing helicopters and boats alongside familiar street signs, as rescuers assisted people from rooftops and attics. For the second time in this young twenty-first century I sat at my easel weighted by personal sorrow and my desire to help, this time also reflecting on the devastation of my city and the suffering of my neighbors.

New Orleans has been home to my gallery and studio for sixteen years; it is where the Blue Dog was born. My wife is a third generation New Orleanian, and the Big Easy remains the 'big city' to my Cajun hometown of New Iberia. Wendy and I join thousands of New Orleans residents in our pledge to go HOME, to rebuild our city, and to pay tribute to those who lost their lives with a commitment to care for our citizens, embrace our culture, and make the good times roll...again."

-George Rodrigue, September 2005

Monday, August 28, 2017

Don't Miss Our October Aioli Dinners!

The Aioli Dinner Supper Club invites you to celebrate the arts in education at one of two upcoming events. Each will feature a unique four-course wine dinner, live auctions, and more!

These culinary experiences are inspired by George Rodrigue's iconic "Aioli Dinner" painting and support the arts in education initiatives of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

October 5, 2017
New Orleans
6:00 - 9:00 PM
at the Home of 
Alexa Pulitzer & Seth Levine

Top Sponsors

Friends of George Rodrigue Sponsor
Prometheus Charitable Trust
Blaine Adams & Patrick Falcon

Host Committee
Alexa Pulitzer & Seth Levine
Christa & Matt Schwartz
Roger Ogden & Ken Barnes
Jane Scott & Philip Hodges
Christine M. Vinson & Jason Bargas

Cuisine by
Chef Justin Devillier

Winner of James Beard Award: Best Chef South 2016
Owner of La Petite Grocery and Balise Restaurants

View Menu and Purchase Tickets

October 7, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Frierson Plantation


Cuisine by 
Southern Fork Catering

Special "Aioli Dinner Brew" by
Red River Brewing Company

Afterparty with whiskey tasting & cigars

View Menu and Purchase Tickets

Monday, August 7, 2017

Photos from White Linen Night

Artist Calya Zeek with her exhibition at White Linen Night.

Thank you to everyone who braved the weather on Saturday evening to join us on White Linen Night! If you didn't make it to the Rodrigue Foundation that night, you can still see Cayla Zeek: Ever-Changing Sentiment through September 15, 2017.

White Linen Night visitors created their own fans inspired by George Rodrigue's Blue Dog series. 

Also featured at White Linen Night were the latest Rodrigue-inspired paintings from Brushes, Buddies and Beyond, a painting program of the East Jefferson YMCA for young individuals with special needs.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

New Exhibition Opens White Linen Night

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is pleased to present Cayla Zeek: Ever-changing Sentiment, a special solo exhibition featuring a finalist from our 2010 Scholarship Art Contest. Since then, Zeek has embarked on a career as a professional artist and illustrator. This exhibition of original paintings and mixed media works explores the themes of grief, transformation, liberation, and self-acceptance.

On view at 747 Magazine Street: 
August 5 - September 15, 2017

Get Creative with Us at White Linen Night!

Once again for White Linen Night, GRFA will have a fan-making area for creative visitors of all ages! Grab some glitter and markers and create your own work of art inspired by George Rodrigue.


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Photos from PaintFest 2017

Thank you to everyone who attended PaintFest on Saturday! We had an amazing turn out of artists who helped us create two murals for Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women & Children. Many participants created their own original works of art to take home, and we loved seeing their creativity.

A tremendous thank you to Tulane Health System's Arts in Medicine program for partnering with GRFA for this special event. We are thrilled to share in their mission of recognizing the integral role arts play in healing the spirit and transforming the hospital experience.

Julie Connelly, coordinator of the Arts in Medicine program, said of the event, "PaintFest this year was absolutely wonderful! We had a great turn out from the community, and the patients that were able to participate had a blast."

Friday, July 14, 2017

Join us for PaintFest 2017!

Saturday, July 22
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Tulane Lakeside Hospital for Women and Children
4700 S I-10 Service Road W, Metairie, LA 70001

In partnership with Tulane Health System's Arts in Medicine program, GRFA is pleased to present PaintFest 2017!

PaintFest is a fun, FREE event for the entire family with creative painting opportunities for all. Arts in Medicine welcomes the general public to join patients and their families for a morning of artistic fun.

  • Enjoy painting a pre-designed Blue Dog mural which will be displayed in the hospital
  • Create your own work of art on a blank canvas
  • Enter a raffle to win a set of books about artist George Rodrigue
  • And more!

Tulane Health System recognizes the integral role of arts in healing the spirit and transforming the hospital experience. Because of this, the Arts in Medicine program was started in May 2010 to provide arts-related workshops, activities and performances for patients, their caregivers, and staff.

AIM recognizes the integral role of the arts in healing the spirit and transforming the treatment experience. A creative outlet helps to reduce stress, anxiety, boredom and the perception of pain.

Did you know?

GRFA appreciates the role of arts in healing as artist George Rodrigue found his love for making art while bedridden with Polio as a young child. It was during this time that Rodrigue first picked up a paintbrush and explored his creative side. From his experience, he knew the importance art can have in a child's life and founded GRFA in 2009 on this very notion.

Friday, July 7, 2017

New Orleans Aioli Dinner Announced

The Aioli Dinner Supper Club invites you to celebrate the arts with a unique four-course wine dinner at the fabulous New Orleans home of Alexa Pulitzer & Seth Levine on October 5, 2017!

This unique culinary experience inspired by George Rodrigue's iconic "Aioli Dinner" painting supports the arts in education initiatives of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

October 5, 2017
6:00 - 9:00 PM
at the Home of Alexa Pulitzer & Seth Levine
New Orleans, LA

Co-hosted by 
Alexa Pulitzer & Seth Levine
Christa & Matt Schwartz

Cuisine by
Chef Justin Devillier

Winner of James Beard Award: Best Chef South 2016
Owner of La Petite Grocery and Balise Restaurants

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Shreveport Aioli Dinner Announced

The Aioli Dinner Supper Club is returning to the beautiful Frierson Plantation this fall in Shreveport! In 2016, this Shreveport Aioli Dinner was one of our largest with over 130 guests.

Join us for a wine-paired, four-course meal inspired by George Rodrigue's iconic "Aioli Dinner" painting. This unique culinary experience supports the arts in education initiatives of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

October 7, 2017
Shreveport, LA
Frierson Plantation


Special "Aioli Dinner Brew" courtesy of 

Afterparty with whiskey tasting and cigars

Purchase tickets before September 7 and get a special discounted rate!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Student Exhibit Opens Today in Shreveport

If you are in the Shreveport area, don't miss the opportunity to see the original artwork from the 2017 Art Contest at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery. The exhibition, New Orleans Tricentennial, features all 16 scholarship winners from across the state.

June 7 - July 10, 2017
R.W. Norton Art Gallery
4747 Creswell Avenue
Shreveport, LA 

On Tuesday, KTBS-TV sat down with Justin Kimes, a Shreveport local who won 1st place senior in the 2017 Art Contest. Click here to watch his interview about his original piece and his plans for beyond high school.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Lake Charles Celebrates Louisiana A+ Schools

Congratulations to Lake Charles Charter Academy for completing their first year in the Louisiana A+ Schools (LAA+) program! To celebrate their success, staff and community supporters gathered last week at the Blue Dog Cafe in Lake Charles to toast to the past academic year. Thank you to the following individuals and organizations who have supported Lake Charles Charter Academy during their first year in the LAA+ Network:

Baggett McCall
Broussard & Hart
Dr. John Condos
Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson
Hoffoss Devall
Lake Charles Memorial Hospital
The Roach Law Firm
Stutes & Laverne Attorneys at Law
The Townsley Law Firm
Veron, Bice, Palermo, & Wilson

(Top right) Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue with Becky Hunter & Mayor Nic Hunter. (Bottom, left to right) Halie David, Kim Lewis, Dr. Pamela Quebodeaux, Kathie Istre, and Denise Jones of Lake Charles Charter Academy.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Art Supplies & Special Visit for Students Impacted by Tornado

In February, ReNEW Schaumburg Elementary in New Orleans East suffered significant structural damage from a tornado. Since then, students and teachers have been relocated to Gaudet Elementary while repairs begin on their campus.

To provide more creative opportunities to these displaced students, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts has awarded ReNEW Schaumburg a custom art supply kit through our George's Art Closet program. Teachers will use the supplies within their classrooms, as well as in after school programming.

Pre-K students at Schaumburg received a special visit from Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue, who shared George Rodrigue's children's books and a drawing activity with them.

Jacques Rodrigue reads "Why Is Blue Dog Blue?" with the students.

About George's Art Closet

Many teachers are often faced with the problem of inadequate funding for visual art supplies and struggle to provide meaningful arts experiences for their students. George's Art Closet is a program that addresses this need by awarding art supply kits to Louisiana art teachers whose funding does not otherwise allow for the expense.

Learn more and apply to George's Art Closet.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Celebrating Louisiana A+ Schools Day at the Capitol

Celebrating Louisiana A+ Schools Day at the Capitol

Yesterday, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts joined the Louisiana A+ Schools (LAA+) team for a special day at the State Capitol to advocate for arts in education. 

GRFA staff, LAA+ staff, and Fellows share the mission of LAA+ Schools with legislators at the State Capitol.

Highlights from the day included an open house session with LAA+ Staff and Fellows, as well as an informational luncheon for legislators at the apartment of Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser.

(From left to right) GRFA Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue, LAA+ Director Bethany France, Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, and Oklahoma A+ Schools Director Emeritus Jean Hendrickson at the luncheon.

GRFA was proud to share the mission and successes of LAA+ with legislators. Across Louisiana, LAA+ has 18 Member Schools, trains over 700 teachers, and impacts 10,000 students each day by infusing the arts into all subjects.

Informational posters shared how dance, drama, and visual arts can be used to teach traditional subjects in the classroom.

About Louisiana A+ Schools (LAA+)

LAA+ began in 2013 as an initiative of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA). In 2017, after several years of success, the Rodrigue family transitioned LAA+ into its own public non-profit organization to ensure the growth and long-term sustainability of the mission. LAA+ is supported by GRFA and the leadership of a diverse statewide board.

Next Week: A Special Aioli Dinner in Baton Rouge

On Thursday, April 27, join the Aioli Dinner Supper Club in Baton Rouge at the beautiful home of Gwen & Todd Graves! Seating is very limited, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets soon for this multi-course, outdoor dinner. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit our Louisiana A+ Schools program.

Aioli Dinner Supper Club
Baton Rouge, LA

Hosted by Gwen & Todd Graves
April 27, 2017
6:30 PM

Live and Silent Auctions
Music by Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys

Cuisine by:

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Saturday & Sunday: Join Us at French Quarter Fest

The weather will be beautiful this weekend for the 2017 French Quarter Festival in New Orleans! Once again, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts will be providing a hands-on art activity for families at the Chevron STEAM Zone. STEAM education brings together science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue gets creative with students while making STEAM art projects at a previous French Quarter Festival.

The Chevron STEAM Zone is free, and all are welcome! The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts will be joined by The Nature Conservancy, Project Lead the Way, Audubon Nature Institute, Note for Notes, the New Orleans Pelicans, Fab Lab NOLA, and New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park.


GRFA's creative project will be exploring the water cycle through sculpture.


The Natchez Wharf in the French Quarter, where Toulouse Street meets the Mississippi River.


Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

We hope to see you at the 2017
French Quarter Festival!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Partnering with YMCA's Special Needs Painting Class

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is pleased to announce a new partnership with the East Jefferson YMCA for their Brushes, Buddies and Beyond class. This program is a "painting party" specifically for individuals with special needs from ages 5 to 25, and each week the classes are held in a safe and relaxing environment.

Brushes, Buddies and Beyond provides unique opportunities to explore and learn more about painting from an instructional artist. For each of the four annual sessions, GRFA will be sharing a different Blue Dog painting by George Rodrigue so that participants can create their own version of the artist's iconic image.

On March 14th, Brushes, Buddies and Beyond participants painted their own version of George Rodrigue's "Spring Adds Color to My Life" painting

Kenlie Tiggeman, who manages the program, has created a welcoming and nurturing environment. She shares, "Buddies, Brushes and Beyond is my favorite thing we do at the Y because it gives wonderful kids an opportunity to discover their talents and express their creativity in a positive way."

Their upcoming Summer Session begins on June 19th and runs through August 30th.

When:  Mondays, 6 PM or Wednesdays, 11 AM

Cost:  $75 (scholarships available)

Location:   East Jefferson YMCA, 6691 Riverside Drive, Metairie, LA 70003

If you know a young person with special needs who would like to explore their artistic side, please contact Kenlie directly at (504)888-9622 ext. 107 or kenliet@ymcaneworleans.org.