Ogden Museum of Southern Art and The Neighborhood Story Project to Partner for a Free Community Event this Friday, May 10 Celebrating the late artist Tina Girouard with art, music, dance and food

NEW ORLEANS – Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in partnership with The Neighborhood Story
Project, welcomes the community to a free evening celebrating the late artist, Tina Girouard. Taking place Friday, May 10 from 6 to 8 p.m., the event will feature an array of art, music, dance and food.

Tina Girouard (b. 1946 – d. 2020) – who currently has the posthumous retrospective, SIGN-IN, on view at the Museum – was known as a collaborator in artist communities in New York, New York, Lafayette, Louisiana and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. A vanguard artist in the fields of performance, film, textile, printmaking and community-based practices, Girouard’s animated work explores the different places she called home. This celebration honors her and the connections she made specifically in Louisiana and Haiti.

The evening will start with an opening blessing with priestess Nana Sula Evans in collaboration with Kai Knight and Cultural Ties Dance Collective. Afterwards, guests are invited to stay at the Museum until 8 p.m. to enjoy free art activities, music and food.

Art activities include a beading demonstration by artist and Black Masking Indian Marwan Pleasant and textile printing with ricRACK NOLA. Guests will be able to bring home their very own small beaded artwork and will have the opportunity to add their textile work to a community installation.

Guests will also have the chance to dance to Afro-Louisiana and Caribbean songs with critically acclaimed musician Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes and the Louisiana Sunspots, along with Leyla McCalla (founding member of “Our Native Daughters” and alumna of Grammy award-winning Black string band “The Caroline Chocolate Drops”) and Louis Michot’s (two-time Grammy award winner and fiddle player and singer for “Lost Bayou Ramblers”) journeys through Haitian folk and southwest Louisiana music.

Additionally, a complementary portion of roasted pig, inspired by the tradition of a Southern Pig Roast will be available to savor (while supplies last, additional food and drink will be available to purchase).

For more information on the evening and to RSVP, please visit www.ogdenmuseum.org.

About The Neighborhood Story Project

The Neighborhood Story Project (NSP) is located in an old corner store building in the Seventh Ward of New Orleans. In partnership with the University of New Orleans, since 2004 NSP has worked with public schools, grassroots organizations, community-based museums and other important cultural institutions to create books, exhibits, events and courses that explore how individual life histories are connected to the broader cultural and historical dynamics of the city and the world. NSP believes in the power of cross-cultural conversations and co-creativity to build on the strengths of communities.

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 with almost five thousand works, making it the largest publicly available and most comprehensive repository dedicated to Southern art in the nation, with particular strength in the genres of Self-Taught 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, culinary heritage and craft and design.

Ogden Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Museum is located at 925 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130. For more
information visit ogdenmuseum.org or call 504.539.9650.