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Mission

George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA) advocates the importance of the arts in the development of our youth. GRFA encourages the use of art within all curriculums and supports a variety of art educational programs.


Objective

In 2009 George Rodrigue formed GRFA as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. In addition to providing financial assistance in the arts and other areas, GRFA will plan, develop, and implement a series of unique educational art programs that are specially designed to enhance and expand art curriculums, despite continuing state and federal cutbacks.

Student success at any age depends on self-confidence, specifically the belief in one’s own ability to walk on the moon, or fight fires, or raise a family, or perform on Broadway. Research proves that personal growth benefits from creative expression and that artistic accomplishment provides students the self-esteem needed for success in all areas of life. However, due to budget shortfalls and misconceptions, schools find it increasingly difficult to incorporate art in education.

George Rodrigue Foundation wants to reverse this trend. As a young boy George dreamed of being an artist, and as an adult he credited the support of his parents and teachers with helping him realize that dream.

Over the years, Rodrigue assisted numerous non-profits, not only in the arts, but also humanitarian organizations, disaster relief, animal welfare and others. But today, the Rodrigue family and Rodrigue Foundation's primary focus is to expose children to education through the arts, hoping to inspire in others an early and on-going creative passion similar to George's.

To learn more about George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts visit our History, George Rodrigue, Partnerships, Why Arts in Education? and Student Success Story pages.



Student Success
"The GRFA has immensely impacted my art along with my life. People seem to react and appreciate my submission for the foundation. I have offers of people wanting prints of my artwork and, not to sound cheesy and cliche, but opportunity just keeps on knocking. I'm really really appreciative that my art teacher introduced this contest to me and that I decided to be bold by creating something beautiful for this foundation, and to be honored for my creativity! I can't thank to GRFA office and George and Wendy Rodrigue enough for this amazing opportunity that I will always remember and carry proudly with me throughout my creative career."
- Jacob Broussard