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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.

Community Flags

Pierre A. Capdau Charter School
Keith Duncan, Artist

Made from cloth scraps and primed canvas, artist Keith Duncan worked with students from Pierre A. Capdau Charter School to create flags that represent symbols of their community and neighborhoods, as well as the people and culture of New Orleans. During the first week, students were introduced to different kinds of flags and then asked to sketch ideas for their own personal flags on paper. During the second week, students transferred the images to primed canvas and began to paint their flags. Finally, during the third week, students glued their flags onto colorfully patterned banner cloth and further embellished the artwork with sequins, buttons and stickers.

Illustrating the Power of Imagination

Edward Hynes Elementary School
Gina Phillips, Artist

Artist Gina Phillips worked with second, third, and fourth grade students at Hynes Charter School to create 36 narrative compositions of richly collaged paper and fabric. First, students were asked to give examples of various parts of speech, which were then selected randomly and strung together in fanciful sentences meant to spark imagination and lessen inhibition about drawing. Using an overhead projector, Ms. Phillips enlarged components of the students' drawings onto wooden panels in a series of narrative compositions. Students worked in small groups to collage their drawings with fabric and printed paper, finishing with oil pastels. In culmination of the residency, all 250 student artists will visit the Museum to view their finished works of art on exhibition.

Breakthrough New Orleans

Arts Building Community Program
with artists Keith Duncan, Willie Birch and Nicole Charbonnet

Dedicated to educational equity and excellence for all children, Breakthrough New Orleans aims to foster a love of learning and strengthen core academic skills, helping at-risk students reach their full potential – placing them on the path towards college. Established in 1990, Breakthrough New Orleans (BTNOLA) continues to respond to the ongoing need for high-quality supplementary educational services for New Orleans public school students. BTNOLA prepares high potential middle-school students with limited resources for rigorous academic experiences in high schools and colleges, while inspiring bright high school and college students to become educators and advocates for education. This “Students Teaching Students” model at Isidore Newman School is a tuition-free, year-round program that pairs underserved middle school students with enthusiastic young teachers.

Developed to increase the availability of dynamic arts education options in the independent and charter school communities of New Orleans, the Breakthrough Artist Residency Program is a collaboration made possible by the Harry Howard Foundation and the Elizabeth Oudt Fund. During five intensive Saturday workshops, Breakthrough students worked with three nationally known studio artists showcased in Tina Freeman and Morgan Molthrap’s book Artist Spaces. An exhibition of the same name is currently on view on the 4th floor of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. During this program, students from Isidore Newman School acted as documentarians for the workshops, capturing the artistic process. Finally, with guidance from Tina Freeman and Morgan Molthrap, the last step of the project will produce a collaborative book consisting of Breakthrough students’ artwork and Newman students’ photo-documentation.

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.

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

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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