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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Relief: Schools Can Now Apply for a $2,000 Art Supply Kit

Open to Texas and Louisiana Schools Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

Thanks to the incredibly generous response of our friends and supporters, GRFA has raised significant funds through the re-release of the "We Will Rise Again" silkscreen print to support Texas and Louisiana schools impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

We are pleased to award special $2,000 art supply kits through our George's Art Closet program. The art supplies in each kit will be tailored to the needs of elementary, middle, or high school classrooms.

To be considered for a $2,000 kit, please use the link below to complete and submit your Harvey Relief application.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this campaign by purchasing the Hurricane Harvey edition of "We Will Rise Again." We will continue to sell this special print through the end of 2017 to raise even more funds for schools impacted by the storm.

We Will Rise Again, 2017 
A silkscreen print by George Rodrigue
27x18 inches
Open edition (closing Dec. 31, 2017)
Official Rodrigue estate stamped signature 
$500 plus shipping 

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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

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