About Life & Legacy

It’s the kids who bridge the art.  To be studied by a child is the best way to connect with the future and is more important than hanging on the walls with great masters.  This experience gave both me and Wendy a completely different view and impact, and maybe even a new beginning.

George Rodrigue, 2013

The Life & Legacy Foundation with Wendy Rodrigue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that inspires children of all ages and diverse backgrounds with a unique programming centered on the life and art of American artist George Rodrigue (1944-2013).

Using original Rodrigue paintings and personal narrative, Wendy expands her late husband’s vision by showing how one person can overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams, while also making a positive difference in the world.  Projects include education outreach, museum exhibitions, and public lectures, as well as written and recorded Rodrigue history.

Now in its sixth year, this hands-on programming with Rodrigue’s widow, Wendy, includes personal visits to over 120 schools, reaching more than 50,000 students in 8 states, as of Spring 2022. Life and Legacy programming includes a special focus on Rodrigue’s home state of Louisiana, plus museum exhibitions and numerous museum and community partnerships, including the Bayou Teche Museum, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, the LSU Museum of Art, Associations of Broadcasters, Chambers of Commerce, Womens Leadership Conferences, Literary Clubs, Continuing Education, and many more.

An award-winning public speaker, Wendy was honored in 2019 as a New Orleans Business Woman of the Year and a New Orleans Person to Watch for her tireless commitment to her Life & Legacy Foundation.  In November 2021, Wendy visited George Rodrigue’s alma mater, Catholic High in New Iberia, Louisiana, her 100th school! In 2022 Wendy was recognized for her work with Near Orleans area school children as a Prix d’Elegance Women of Fashion honoree during a special event hosted by the New Orleans Ballet Association. Learn more about Wendy Rodrigue.

Wendy Rodrigue shares paintings by her late husband, George Rodrigue, with students at Butler Elementary School in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida during the February 2022 Life & Legacy Tour. As a bonus, the children share George’s joyful laughter with Wendy.