Ogden Museum of Southern Art Opens Registration for Online Ogden Museum Summer Camps Creative Camps for the South’s Creative Youth, with Opportunities for Both On and Offline Activities

NEW ORLEANS, LA —The Ogden Museum of Southern Art has announced the opening of registration for Online Ogden Museum Summer Camps. As the health and safety of our campers and their families is our top priority, Ogden Museum has made the decision to transition summer camp to a format that allows campers to participate from home. The Museum is excited to offer a virtual series of small, specialized camps to kids in grades 2 through 12 that maximize flexibility and choice for families. Campers will have the opportunity to explore photography, painting, printmaking, mixed media and more through guided activities with Museum Educators.

Online Ogden Museum Camps include:

  • Twice daily online engagements
  • Explorations of Ogden Museum works of art with museum educators
  • Engagement with other campers
  • Original activities taught by Ogden Museum teaching artists
  • Fun and active moment sessions

Fine Art FUNdamentals, open to kids in grades 2 through 5, will hold two sessions: June 8 – 19 and June 22 – July 2 from 9 to 3 p.m. daily. Before camp begins, the Ogden Museum will deliver an Ogden Museum Art Box to each camper’s door that includes all supplies needed for the projects, printed art activity guides, coloring pages and scavenger hunts. Live and recorded daily video interactions, teaching artist office hours and physical movement time will be offered multiple times during the camp day. Each session of Online Fine Art FUNdamentals camp will present a virtual celebration, complete with gallery tour and an exhibition opening, showcasing our campers’ artistic creations. The camp will be led by Museum Educator and Teacher Artist, Mikhayla Harrell. 

On June 22 – July 2 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Ogden Museum will host Online Photography Camp for students entering grades 6 through 12. Before camp begins, teaching artist Aubrey Edwards will be in touch with all campers regarding individual equipment needs. Campers will spend the first week learning the basic elements of photography including composition, exposure, storytelling and functions of their camera. In the second week, students will focus on more advanced areas of photography such as photojournalism, portraiture, lighting and photo-related technologies. Each camper’s portfolio of edited work will be celebrated at a virtual opening and gallery tour at the conclusion of camp. Specific information about the celebration will be communicated in June. 

Ogden Museum Online Summer Camps were thoughtfully designed by the Museum’s Education Team to maximize flexibility and choice for families. Through the use of Zoom, a free, virtual meeting space, campers will have the opportunity to interact with educators and other campers. Campers are also encouraged to work together with their families to complete projects.  

Ogden Museum Summer Camps fill a great need in the New Orleans area, for both children and their working parents. Since 2009, the Museum’s small, specialized camps, guided by professional artists and Museum educators, have helped expose New Orleans youth to the art and culture of the American South. 

“We’ve been hard at work designing our summer programs, and I’m excited about all of the creative and fun projects we’ve developed,” said Ellen Balkin, Director of Education for the Ogden Museum. “Each camp offers flexibility and choices for families with lots of different types of engagements, both on- and offline! All activities in Fine Art FUNdamentals can be completed independently of the virtual sessions, and photography campers will have a variety of interior and outdoor photoshoots. Our campers will certainly be very active this summer!”

Parents can register their children for Ogden Museum Online Summer Camps by visiting ogdenmuseum.org/summercamps

For more information regarding Online Summer Camps, please contact Samantha Scoggins at sscoggins@ogdenmuseum.org.


*While we’re temporarily closed, Ogden Museum is offering live online programming, plus social media and blog content to help you See the South virtually! To see what’s coming up, visit ogdenmuseum.org, follow us on social media and subscribe to our e-newsletter.* 

Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana since 1999, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art welcomes 85,000 visitors annually to experience and learn about the artists and art movements of the American South. It 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 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 and local craft. Among its recent exhibitions are Memory is a Strange Bell: The Art of William Christenberry (2019-2020) Piercing the Inner Wall: The Art of Dusti Bongé (2019), New Southern Photography (2018-2019), The Whole Drum Will Sound: Women in Southern Abstraction (2018), and Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection, presented by The Helis Foundation (2017-2018).