The George Rodrigue Foundation does a lot of great work with education and schools, and if you ever want to feel happy and inspired just take a look at Blue Dog-based children's art!!
Jacques also took Mallory and me on a tour of the NEW, STILL-UNDER-CONSTRUCTION Foundation Headquarters! The new space is on Julia Street, and it is breathtaking. At the moment it is in the painting stages — white, clean, beautiful — and the first thing you see when you walk in (for now, anyway) is a stained glass transom of — who else? — the Blue Dog. I wanted to take a picture but was so wrapped up in the excitement of construction and new spaces that I never did.
Jacques relayed that there will be video screens for slideshows and Rodrigue art on the walls, and ultimately the Foundation offices will serve as a museum and activity center. Rodrigue's Royal Street gallery gets a lot of school field trips, so when this space opens up the school kids will go the Foundation offices instead.
I couldn't resist adding just one more student artwork. This one is by Beth Walter from Austin, Texas, and is also from the Foundation's Student Art Gallery.