Celebration at local elementary school today kicking off the partnership of GRFA and Capital One Bank

Students paint blue dogs with famous local artist George Rodrigue

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 4:36pm

The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts and Capital One Bank today announced a partnership to award art supplies to Lafayette schools through the George's Art Closet Program.  To launch the partnership GRFA and Capital One Bank officials donated art supplies valued at more than $1,500 to SJ Montgomery Elementary at a special event with artist George Rodrigue.

"I want them [students] to be amazed.  I want them to be really proud that they met an icon who's from their area, and I want them to be very proud of the pictures that they create and understand the connection that art has to academics and to what school is all about.  I want them to have fun," says Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper.

"Well it's always fun to paint with the kindergarten, first grade, second grade.  It's really fun to see what they can do, and they all want to paint blue dogs..no matter what color they are so it's always fun to do that," says George Rodrigue, famous local artist.

During the event, more than 100 kindergarten students joined Rodrigue along with City-Parish President Joey Durel in painting a blue dog.  The students also participated in a question-and-answer session with the famed artist and read Why is a Blue Dog Blue?

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