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GRFA is pleased to celebrate a year of successful arts in education programs that have impacted thousands of students across Louisiana. In 2016, we continued the legacy of artist George Rodrigue as we:

  • Welcomed 2 new schools to our Louisiana A+ School s program, an arts-integrated teacher training network.  LAA+ now impacts 10,000 students and 700 teachers each day.
  • Awarded $45,250 in scholarships to 16 Louisiana high school students through the GRFA Annual Scholarship Art Contest .
  • Donated $25,000 in art supply kits to Louisiana classrooms through the George's Art Closet program.
  • Helped 206 other non-profit organizations raise funds for their missions through GRFA's Print Donation Program .     







As we look forward to 2017 and the expansion of our statewide programs, we need your support more than ever.

Help us continue the mission of youth development through the arts in education by donating to the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts.

Thank you for your support!



The Story of the Blue Dog
As a boy, Rodrigue knew of a legend of the "loup-garou" or werewolf that lurked in sugar cane fields, threatening to haunt bad children. The legend said nothing about the loup-garou's color, but Rodrigue thought the night sky would cast a blue-grey shade on its fur when he painted it in 1984 for Bayou (Inkwell), a book of forty ghost stories by Chris Segura.