Media Contact, Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
NEW ORLEANS - July 23, 2014
On Saturday, August 23, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will once again present its annual Family Fair from 10 AM to 2 PM. Admission to the museum will be free from 10 AM to 2 PM and the event will feature a variety of art activities inspired by a Southern county fair as well as games and performances for children of all ages. Food and drink will be available for purchase. This annual event, launched in 2008, celebrates the opening of the Museum and is designed to provide families with children an interactive museum experience that blends country fun with engaging exploration of the Museum's current exhibitions, and invites the community to discover the rich visual heritage of the South.
Art activities inspired by a county fair will include a soft sculpture Pie Contest, creating farm animal masks and puppets, and a hobby horse you can actually ride! Family Fair will also feature games for young visitors such as an Art Scavenger Hunt, Go Fish, Ring Toss, and Pin the Tail on the Universal Mule by Jack Niven.
"Family Fair is a time when families can come together and have a meaningful experience, while spending time in a dynamic, visually rich environment," stated Education Coordinator Ellen Balkin. "Hands-on, age-appropriate activities encourage children to explore works of art on their own, while the country-fair theme appeals to even the youngest museum-goer."
"We place a great value on inviting the community into the Museum, free of charge, in order to increase access to the most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world," said Director William Andrews. The Family Fair is an excellent opportunity for folks of all ages to experience the Ogden Museum and discover all that we have to offer."
Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art holds the largest 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 over 50,000 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 Wednesday through Monday from 10AM-5PM and also on Thursdays from 6-8PM for Ogden After Hours. Admission is free to Museum Members and $10 for adults, $8 to seniors 65 and older, $5 for children ages 5-17 and free for children under 5. The Ogden Museum is free to Louisiana Residents on Thursdays from 10AM-5PM courtesy of The Helis Foundation.
The Museum is closed Martin Luther King Day, Lundi Gras and Mardi Gras, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and day following, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
The Museum is located at 925 Camp Street, New Orleans Louisiana 70130. For more information visit ogdenmuseum.org or call 504-539-9650.