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Monday, November 30, 2015

Today Only! Free Blue Dog Lapel Pin

Free Blue Dog Lapel Pin With Each Book Purchased

Today only, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is offering a special Cyber Monday deal! Purchase the award-winning The Pot & The Palette Cookbook or The Other Side of the Painting and receive a free Blue Dog Lapel Pin per book. Individual pins are valued at $50 each and make great stocking stuffer gifts!

About the Books

All proceeds from the books directly support our arts in education programs, including an annual Scholarship Art Contest, George's Art Closet, and Louisiana A+ Schools.

The Pot & The Palette Cookbook was produced in collaboration with the Louisiana Restaurant Association Education Foundation and features original artwork by Louisiana high school students who participated in our 2013 Art Contest. The Cookbook boasts over 100 delicious recipes by famous Louisiana chefs, including Emeril Lagasse, John Besh, Paul Prudhomme, and Leah Chase.

The Other Side of the Painting by Wendy Rodrigue is an illuminating, lively memoir that derives from her popular blog Musings of an Artist's Wife.

**To receive your Blue Dog Lapel Pin(s), you must purchase your book(s) through GRFA's main website.**

Monday, November 23, 2015

Now Hiring: Development Associate

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Development Associate for Louisiana A+ Schools.

Development Associate

Reporting to and in partnership with the Development Director, the Development Associate will design and implement a fundraising strategy to support the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts' Louisiana A+ Schools Program. A new position in the organization, the Development Associate will have the opportunity to expand GRFA's existing development functions.

Responsibilities include:

Donor Relations
  • Assist in the development and execution of the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts' Louisiana A+ Schools annual fundraising plan
  • Secure financial support from individuals, foundations, and corporations
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors and program sponsors
  • Creating and executing a strategy for a large sustained base of annual individual donors
  • Develop solicitations for mail and email fundraising campaigns
  • Arrange and conduct school tours with existing and potential donors

Special Events

  • Work with Director of Operations and Special Events Coordinator to secure paid attendance to special events including the statewide Aioli Dinner Supper Club series
  • Secure hosts for "Aioli Dinner" fundraising events and follow up with hosts to generate ticket sales

Grant Writing
  • Develop and track proposals for all foundation, corporate and government grants
  • Identify, write, compile and submit grants in cooperation with GRFA and LAA+ staff
  • Ensure that reporting of the use of grant funds is completed accurately

  • Prepare monthly reports for the Development Director to assess fundraising program effectiveness


  • B.A. required, M.A. preferred
  • 5 or more years of experience in Development
  • Experience with Raiser's Edge or equivalent donor management solution
  • Basic knowledge of Louisiana's education system
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
  • Must have ability to travel frequently across all of Louisiana 

Salary is commensurate with experience. This position is based in New Orleans at the Rodrigue Foundation office. Interested applicants can send their cover letter and resume to info@georgerodriguefoundation.org.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Student Exhibition Opens in Lafayette

"Louisiana's Music" Opens in Lafayette

Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue with the 15 student finalists at the awards luncheon for the 2015 Art Contest.

Now through January 2016, head to the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum on the campus of University of Louisiana at Lafayette to see "Louisiana's Music", an exhibition featuring artwork from the 15 talented student finalists from our 2015 Scholarship Art Contest.

The 15 pieces in the exhibition explore many aspects of Louisiana's musical heritage through vibrant portraits, whimsical interpretations, and more.

2016 Art Contest: "Louisiana Celebrates Carnival"

Do you know a creative Louisiana high school junior or senior? Encourage them to submit an original work of art for our 2016 Art Contest for a chance to share $45,000 in college scholarships. This year's theme is "Louisiana Celebrates Carnival" in partnership with the Krewe of Orpheus. The winning student will have their artwork turned into the official 2017 poster for the Krewe of Orpheus and be invited to ride in the 2017 parade in New Orleans!

Raffle: Win 5 Signed Rodrigue Prints

There are four more weeks to enter our 2015 Raffle to support GRFA's arts in education programs! The 1st place winner receives five signed and framed silkscreen prints by George Rodrigue. There are also great prizes for 2nd - 15th place! Each chance is $10. Click here to learn more and enter the raffle.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

RAFFLE: Win 5 Signed Rodrigue Prints

New Raffle:  Win 5 Signed Rodrigue Prints

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is pleased to announce a new raffle to benefit our arts in education programs! The grand prize of the raffle will win FIVE silkscreen prints by George Rodrigue. Each print in the set is signed and framed. There are also exciting prizes for runner up winners.

The Grand Prize winner will receive the above signed silkscreen prints by George Rodrigue. Click here to learn more about the prints and to see runner up prizes.

All proceeds from the raffle benefit the arts in education initiatives of GRFA, including providing $45,000 in college scholarships through our annual Art Contest, transforming schools through arts integration with Louisiana A+ Schools, and enhancing classroom creativity through George's Art Closet.

Deadline to enter is December 18, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

$10.00 per chance

Save the Date:  #GivingTuesday 2015

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday.

This year, on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. We invite you to join the movement and help us bring creativity into Louisiana classrooms through George's Art Closet.

Each month, GRFA awards $1,000 custom art supply kits to two Louisiana schools through George's Art Closet. This successful program addresses the needs of teachers facing inadequate funding for visual art supplies.

This #GivingTuesday, with your support, we hope to fund five additional custom kits. Any donation made on December 1, 2015, will go directly to our George's Art Closet program and to transforming classrooms into dynamic, creative spaces.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

New Poster Now Available

New Poster: "Little Boy Blues"

"Little Boy Blues" by Skyla Blady
1st Place Junior in 2015 Art Contest
24 x 36 inches
Signed, edition of 250

Skyla Blady, now a senior at Riverdale High School in Jefferson, LA, was shocked when her original artwork, "Little Boy Blues," was selected as a finalist in our 2015 Scholarship Art Contest in partnership with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

When her name was announced as the 1st Place Junior at the awards ceremony in April, she was even more surprised. She had invested hours in the painting and was very proud of the result, but had no idea it would become the poster selected for New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's four free music festivals.

Executive Director Jacques Rodrigue with student artist Skyla Blady at a recent Aioli Dinner Supper Club event in Metairie, LA.

Her vibrant poster debuted at the Crescent City Blues and BBQ Festival in October and will also be for sale at the Congo Square Rhythms Festival, Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival, and Treme Creole Gumbo Festival.

Can't make it to the festivals? You can purchase your signed poster on our website. Proceeds from "Little Boy Blues" will directly support GRFA's arts-in-education programs, with a portion going back to Blady, who is currently a senior preparing for college. 

Call for Entries - 2016 Art Contest

We are now accepting entries for the 2016 Scholarship Art Contest in partnership with the Krewe of Orpheus! Louisiana high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to submit an original
2-dimensional work of art for the theme "Louisiana Celebrates Carnival." Fifteen finalists will share $45,000 in college scholarships, and the overall winner will work with GRFA to turn their art into the official 2017 poster for the Krewe of Orpheus!