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/// May 1, 2018
Support the O on GiveNOLA Day! Donate to the Ogden Museum on May 1 and help support our mission to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South through its events, permanent collections, changing exhibitions, educational programs, publications and research.
What is GiveNOLA Day?
GiveNOLA Day is a 24 hour event hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation to inspire people to give generously to nonprofits making our region stronger, creating a thriving community for all. GiveNOLA Day raises money for the community brings new donors to local nonprofits and shows that anyone can be a philanthropist.
What does my donation support?
Your donation supports a wide variety of programming at the Museum, including our dynamic exhibitions of painting, sculpture, photography and more and our educational programming which impacts more than 15,000 area children and adults annually. It also supports our popular weekly entertainment series, Ogden After Hours.
Why donate to the Ogden Museum?
Exposing students to the arts improves problem-solving, critical thinking, empathy, language development and social skills. A 2013 study by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math or science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate. Despite these remarkable statistics, nearly 60% of Louisiana schools have no budget for arts education. The Ogden Museum strives to fill this gap for thousands of students each year.
Having cultural institutions in our communities provides a sense of collective identity, improves a community’s image, builds social capital, and promotes cultural diversity.
One of the best factors to show the positive effect the arts have on our nation is to look at the economic impact of the industry. Nationally, the arts industry generates over $135 billion of economic activity – $61 billion by the nation’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations in addition to $74 billion in event-related expenditures by their audiences. This economic activity supports 4.13 million full-time jobs that generate $86.8 billion in resident household income. The industry also provides $22.3 billion in revenue to local, state, and federal governments every year.
In New Orleans, cultural non-profits spent $7.1 million in the city in the year 2015. Median local expenditure was $150,000. These dollars infuse our local economy, contributing to local government through sales taxes, and in turn allowing for more spending in the local economy.
Supporting the arts directly supports our community. We thank you for your generosity and take the responsibility of putting your donations to the best possible use very seriously. The Ogden Museum is proud to be a vital part of the New Orleans arts community, and is dedicated to serving this city, its residents, and its visitors.
In 2017, the Museum welcomed over 85,000 visitors from all 50 states and 49 countries around the world. With your support we can continue to share the art and culture of the American South with even more people in 2018.
Thank you for your support!