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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.

The New Orleans Chapter of the Links, HBCU Art Showcase

August 1 - Late September, 2015

A curated show of works from students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Louisiana, including Xavier University of Louisiana; Dillard University; Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (Baton Rouge); and Grambling State University.

Traditional Day of the Dead Altar by artist Cynthia Ramirez

Thursday, September 24 - Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The tradition of Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is celebrated in Mexico, the southwestern U.S. and parts of Latin America. During this celebration, families come together to pay respect to relatives who have died and celebrate their life and rebirth to another world. Anthropologists and historians say that the holiday is a blend of the Catholic All Saints' and All Souls' Days and pre-Columbian traditions that honored ancestors in a celebration of the dead. It is generally celebrated with the creation of altars to the dead, featuring food, paper decorations and representations of skeletons.

Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras Cup Design Student Exhibition and Artists and Sense of Place Residency Program

Thursday, December 3

For Family

Free Family Day: Mixed up Media

Saturday, November 21

For Kids

All Ages Workshop: Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Altar-Making

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday October 10
Adult Admission - $25.00 Non-Member, $20.00 Member
Child Admission - $15.00 Non-Member, $10.00 Member

Participants in the All Ages Workshop will enjoy a guided tour of the Día de los Muertos commu-nity altar exhibition created by local artist Cynthia Ramirez and create their own mini altars to take home, featuring traditional crafts such as paper marigolds, papel picado, and calaveras (skulls). Please bring a photo, copy of a photo, or drawing of a loved one who is no longer with us to be incorporated into your altar. All other materials will be provided.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Pre-registration required.
To register: Register Here
Questions: or 504-539-9608

For Adults

Artist Workshop: Drawing Demonstration with Michael Meads

Thursday, October 15 | 6pm - 8pm (During Ogden After Hours)
Members $5.00
Non-Members $17.50

Join Michael Meads for a unique opportunity to gain insight into his creative process. During this special event, the master painter, draftsman and photographer will create a new piece and discuss the methods and materials used to produce some of the works included in Bent Not Broken on view in the Museum's 5th floor galleries.

Pre-registration required - Register
Limited space available.

Artist Workshop: Painting on Photographs with Michael Roque Collins

Saturday, November 14th | 1PM - 3PM
Members $20.00
Non-Members $25.00

Discover the sprit and essence of memory with Texas artist Michael Roque Collins in a workshop examining his unique process of painting on photography. Speaking about his practice Collins states, "I find that working with paint on photographs, as studies for larger oil paintings in linen, broadens possibilities and allows for a significantly different evaporative process that has heightened my current practice. The essential elements of darkness and illumination, mystery and memory, and abstraction and representation are deepened through experimenting with watercolor and ink painting on black and white photographs."

To register: Register Here

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

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Tuesday, September 15

From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—"Scout"—returns home to Maycomb, Alabama from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise's homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one's own conscience.

Upcoming Book Clubs

Jubilee by Margaret Walker
Tuesday, October 27

Here is the classic--and true--story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress, a Southern Civil War heroine to rival Scarlett O'Hara. Vyry bears witness to the South's prewar opulence and its brutality, to its wartime ruin and the subsequent promise of Reconstruction. It is a story that Margaret Walker heard as a child from her grandmother, the real Vyry's daughter. The author spent thirty years researching the novel so that the world might know the intelligent, strong, and brave black woman called Vyry. The phenomenal acclaim this best-selling book has achieved from readers black and white, young and old, attests to her success.

Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker by Carolyn J. Brown
Tuesday, November 17

Margaret Walker (1915-1998) has been described as "the most famous person nobody knows." This is a shocking oversight of an award-winning poet, novelist, essayist, educator, and activist as well as friend and mentor to many prominent African American writers. Song of My Life reintroduces Margaret Walker to readers by telling her story, one that many can relate to as she overcame certain obstacles related to race, gender, and poverty.

This biography opens with her family and those who inspired her--her parents, her grandmother, her most important teachers and mentors--all significant influences on her reading and writing life. Chapters trace her path over the course of the twentieth century as she travels to Chicago and becomes a member of the South Side Writers' Group with Richard Wright. Then she is accepted into the newly created Masters of Fine Arts Program at the University of Iowa. Back in the South, she pursued and achieved her dream of becoming a writer and college educator as well as wife and mother. Walker struggled to support herself, her sister, and later her husband and children, but she overcame financial hardships, prejudice, and gender bias and achieved great success. She penned the acclaimed novel Jubilee, received numerous lifetime achievement awards, and was a beloved faculty member for three decades at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi

In the Land of Dreamy Dreams by Ellen Gilchrist
Tuesday, December 15

Ellen Gilchrist's first book, is a collection of 14 short stories. She wrote them after being selected for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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