The Ogden Museum of Southern Art Presents Free Family Day, A Tricentennial Celebration, on March 10 Inspired by the Museum's Exhibitions, Salazar and A Precise Vision

NEW ORLEANS – February 28, 2018

On Saturday, Mar. 10 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will host a Free Family Day celebrating the New Orleans Tricentennial. The day’s free programming will be inspired by the Ogden Museum’s latest exhibitions A Precise Vision: The Architectural Archival Watercolors of Jim Blanchard, presented by Houmas House Plantation and Gardens and Salazar: Portraits of Influence in Spanish New Orleans, 1785 – 1802, presented by Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Patrick. The free admission day will feature crafts, performances and entertainment for the whole family.

Guests are invited to explore the artwork on view in Salazar and A Precise Vision through hands-on art activities such as portrait drawing inspired by the work of portrait artist Josef Salazar y Mendoza and watercolor painting inspired by the historical accuracy of Jim Blanchard’s architectural renderings.

In addition, guests can participate in art activities drawn from works in the Museum’s Permanent Collection. Design a patterned collage inspired by Kendall Shaw’s involvement in the Pattern and Decoration Movement or create a diddly bow instrument inspired by the work of John T. Scott. Guests are also encouraged to contribute their drawings to a collaborative map of New Orleans neighborhoods.

Throughout the day, there will also be performances by the Jaguar Cheerleaders from Pierre A Capdau Charter School, Roots and Wings Rhythm Band of Musicollaborative, The Roots of Music and Soul Heirs Band. Crepes a la Cart will have food and drink for purchase during this free admission day.

“We’re excited to host this very special Free Family Day celebrating the 300th birthday of New Orleans,” says Ellen Balkin, Education Manager at the Ogden Museum. “It’s a great opportunity for the whole family to visit the Museum and explore our Tricentennial exhibitions. Discover the Museum with a scavenger hunt and flex your creativity with inventive art projects! Plus, like any good New Orleans party, we’ll have great music and performances!”

For more information regarding Free Family Day at the Museum, please contact Melissa Kenyon at mkenyon@ogdenmuseum.or or 504.539.9631.

About the Ogden Museum

Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art and is recognized for its original exhibitions, public events and educational programs which examine the development of visual art alongside Southern traditions of music, literature and culinary heritage to provide a comprehensive story of the South. Established in 1999 and in Stephen Goldring Hall since 2003, the Museum welcomes almost 85,000 visitors annually, and attracts diverse audiences through its broad range of programming including exhibitions, lectures, film screenings and concerts which are all part of its mission to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South.

The Ogden Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays from 6 – 8 p.m. for Ogden After Hours. 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 Ogden Museum is free to Louisiana Residents on Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. courtesy of The Helis Foundation. The Helis Foundation is a Louisiana private foundation, established by the William Helis Family. The Art Funds of the Helis Foundation advance access to the arts for the community through contributions that sustain operations for, provide free admission to, acquire works of art and underwrite major exhibitions and projects of institutions within the Greater New Orleans area.

The Museum is closed Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

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