Louisiana residents can get free admission at these museums this summer

As the school year ends and summer approaches, education can still continue at some of New Orleans’ finest institutions with family-friendly activities.

The Helis Foundation announces the full return of its “Art for All” program, which provides free access to several New Orleans institutions.

Source: Ogden Museum of Southern art via Crista Rock Photography

The program runs year-round and offers free admission for Louisiana residents at select local art institutions on designated days, as well as multiple public outdoor artworks.

This year, the Louisiana Children’s Museum, set to reopen on May 29, will offer monthly free days starting this summer on June 13. Registration for Louisiana Children’s Museum free admission tickets start at 9 a.m. on June 7 via the website.

Source: LCM via Crista Rock Photography

Other institutions offering free admission days include the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans Botanical Garden at City Park and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

“We strive to make art more accessible to the Louisiana community, with a focus on relieving the barrier of cost,” The Helis Foundation managing director Jessie Schott Haynes said. “With summer approaching, Art for All is a fantastic program for families who are looking for activities around the city, especially as our public indoor spaces are safely re-opening.”

Source: NOMA via Crista Rock Photography

Here’s the list of participating institutions and free admission days:

● Contemporary Arts Center: Sundays
● New Orleans Museum of Art: Wednesdays
● New Orleans Botanical Garden at City Park: Wednesdays
● Ogden Museum of Southern Art: Thursdays
● Louisiana Children’s Museum: Second Sunday of every Month starting on June 13

Visit each institutions’ website for hours of operation and COVID-19 safety protocols.

The Helis Foundation also supports outdoor arts initiatives that are available to anyone seven days per week. A selection of these public projects include the Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition, the South’s leading rotating public sculpture exhibition with 14 sculptures currently on view and Unframed, downtown New Orleans’ first and largest signature mural collection.

Unframed is accessible year-round and includes:
● Etam Cru (Poland) 600 O’Keefe St.
● Team A/C (New Orleans) 746 Tchoupitoulas St.
● MOMO (New Orleans) Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St.
● Brandan “B-Mike” Odums in partnership with Young Artist Movement (New Orleans) 636
Baronne St.
● Carl Joe Williams (New Orleans) 827 Tchoupitoulas St.
● Danaé Brissonnet (Quebec) 315 Julia St.
● Jessica Strahan (New Orleans) 730 Baronne St.

Launched in 2019, Unframed features nine murals by local and internationally renowned artists in and around the Arts District. Two more murals are slated for completion
later this year.

Learn more about “Art for All” at TheHelisFoundation.org.

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