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George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts has its roots in Blue Dog Relief.  Blue Dog Relief began on September 11th, 2001, when Rodrigue created God Bless America in response to the tragic events of that day. The edition of one thousand prints sold out within weeks, raising $500,000 for the American Red Cross. This experience clarified for Rodrigue how he could sell his artwork to benefit causes important to him.

In 2003 Rodrigue designed Honesty, raising $350,000 for the International Child Art Foundation. With ICAF he hosted a week-long workshop for children from 100 countries and all fifty states on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Together, these children of varying languages and backgrounds created a "Pyramid of Peace," using art as the international language.

It was following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in August 2005 that Blue Dog Relief moved to the top of Rodrigue's priority list. With the prints We Will Rise Again, To Stay Alive We Need Levee 5, Throw Me Something F.E.M.A., We Are Marching Again, You Can't Drown the Blues, and Drew Brees, Rodrigue raised $1.5 million for the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the Red Cross, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the United Way, and countless smaller non-profits.

George Rodrigue's relief efforts, combined with the enthusiasm and generosity of his collectors, raised $2.5 million towards helping our world. With the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts, the Rodrigue family will continue George's relief work while focusing primarily on child development through the arts. Learn how to raise funds for your charity organization with a GRFA print.



Blue Dog Relief Print Series


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