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Visitors to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will explore the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world. The Museum’s Education Department presents a number of innovative programs designed to bring art and people together to explore the region’s rich and varied cultural identities, including docent tours, workshops and outreach programs. For more information on this unique opportunity to "See the South” or for any questions about Education contact Ellen Balkin, Education Coordinator, at or 504.539.9608.

Exhibitions (3rd floor Education Gallery)

Artists and Sense of Place

Since 2001, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s residency program, Artist and Sense of Place, has paired professional artists with local schools to explore the history, practices, and identity of the student’s world. At the heart of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s mission is educating the public in the visual arts and culture of the American South. Working with elementary school children in the medium of the artist’s choice, the artist spends three weeks with students exploring the influence of geography and sense of place. Upon completion of the residency, the students visit the museum to view their finished work of art.

Early Childhood Curriculum Program Student Exhibition

May 6 – June 29, 2015
Pierre A. Capdau Charter School
Gentilly Terrace Charter School
Medard H. Nelson Charter School
In collaboration with Suzanna Ritz, Teaching Artist

The Early Childhood Education Program, a cornerstone of the Ogden Museum’s educational initiatives, was developed in 2007 in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institute. Using books, objects and art, this program is designed to enhance pre-literacy for students in Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grades and to create opportunities for young students to experience works of art in a museum setting.

For Family


Saturday March 7
10AM- 2PM
Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Kids, moms, dads, mawmaws and pawpaws! Put on your dancing boots for this very special Family Day celebrating Lousiana's Cajun culture. The free admission day will feature a variety of art activities inspired by Louisiana’s Cajun Culture as well as games, music and dance performances geared towards children of all ages. Art activities will include, creating clothespin alligators, red beans and rice mosaics, zydeco instruments and helping to fill out a swamp scene mural! The Fais-Do-Do will also feature games for young visitors such as an Art Scavenger Hunt and Go Fish.

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Ogden Book Club

Join Ogden Museum docent and former teacher Maureen O'Dwyer for a lively discussion about Southern art, literature and culture. This club will meet approximately every 6 weeks. Members may arrive at 5:30 p.m. Discussion will begin at 6 p.m. and last approximately one hour. The Book Club is FREE and open exclusively to OMSA members, but to attend please contact Ellen Balkin, education coordinator, at to register

Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker
May 26, 2015

**As a special treat, author Rebecca Snedeker will join us for this discussion! Like the bestselling Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, this book is a brilliant reinvention of the traditional atlas, one that provides a vivid, complex look at the multi-faceted nature of New Orleans, a city replete with contradictions. More than twenty essays assemble a chorus of vibrant voices, including geographers, scholars of sugar and bananas, the city's remarkable musicians, prison activists, environmentalists, Arab and Native voices, and local experts, as well as the coauthors’ compelling contributions. Featuring 22 full-color two-page-spread maps, Unfathomable City plumbs the depths of this major tourist destination, pivotal scene of American history and culture and, most recently, site of monumental disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill.

Upcoming Book Clubs

Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
July 7

One of the most important works of twentieth-century American literature, Zora Neale Hurston's beloved 1937 classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fair-skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose. A true literary wonder, Hurston's masterwork remains as relevant and affecting today as when it was first published -- perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature.

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Be a key member of the Ogden team by serving as a Docent! Docents teach about works of art in the collectionthrough tours and gallery discussions


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