In honor of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host the Museum’s 6th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, January 16, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This special event, Presented by COX, will feature free admission, family-friendly art activities, school group performances, yoga, meditation and more.
Guests of all ages are invited to explore the Museum through a scavenger hunt, family-friendly entertainment, an interactive “I Have a Dream” wall, “The Peace Crane Project.” Community groups such as the New Orleans Public Library, Jefferson Parish Library, Friends of Freedom House, The Mayor’s Youth Council, Young Audiences Charter School Jazz Band, Whole Village Art Therapy and RicRack will be onsite to provide resources and opportunities for learning and play.
Ellen Balkin, Director of Education, Ogden Museum states, “Ogden Museum is excited for our annual celebration. It’s been a difficult couple of years for our community and our celebration focused on peace and healing will honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, with activities promoting healing techniques through art activities, yoga, meditation and community dialogue. We hope to provide a much-needed day of reprieve for families to decompress and heal through art. Along with family-friendly art explorations and performances, a collaboration with Friends of Freedom House will provide localized historic context for the civil rights movement in New Orleans. We’re looking forward to this day of art, music, history and community conversations accessible to all.”
From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Whole Village Art Therapy will be leading an art project which includes exploring the therapeutic process of art-making. Young artists will be encouraged to contribute to the annual “I Have a Dream” wall as well as a new project this year titled, “The Peace Crane Project,” a global artistic tradition that helps to express grief, honor and lives lost, but also celebrate love, eternal strength, and resilience of spirit. The finished project will act as a collective wish of hope and peace for all. Throughout the day, families will also be able to join meditation and yoga practices creating shapes with bodies and breath that emulate the principles of equality, peace and joy.
For more information on our 6th Annual MLK Day Celebration, visit www.ogdenmuseum.org.
About Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana since 1999 and open to the public since 2003, Ogden Museum of Southern Art invites visitors to experience and learn about the artists and culture of the American South. Ogden Museum is home to a collection of more than four thousand works, making it the largest and most comprehensive repository dedicated to Southern art in the nation, with particular strength in the genres of SelfTaught art, Regionalism, photography, and contemporary art. The Museum is further recognized for its original exhibitions, public events and educational programs, which examine the development of visual art alongside Southern traditions of music, literature and local craft. Ogden Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission is free to Museum Members and $13.50 for adults, $11 for seniors 65 and older, $6.75 for children ages 5-17 and free for children under 5.
The Museum is located at 925 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. For more information visit ogdenmuseum.org or call 504.539.9650.