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
"GRFA art contest has allowed my artwork to leave the classroom and be discovered by many people who appreciate art and the wonderful state of Louisiana. It's been a prestigious experience and honor to be awarded and recognized by the professional art community."
- Cody Roussel