The Ogden Museum of Southern Art launches new programming to connect with families online while being temporarily closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new initiative, called Ogden Museum Online, is “a program-rich and project-based resource” to help the community experience Southern visual art and culture virtually at home, according to a letter from executive director William Pittman Andrews.
Each week, the site will offer live online programming such as weekly meditations, art-making and curated conversations with artists. The Ogden Museum will also push social media and blog content as part of the experience.
Ogden’s live programming schedule features an online teen hang-out and art-making session at 1 p.m. on Saturdays. Each week’s session is based on work currently on exhibition at the museum.
Another live program, called Art+ Zen, lets you participate in online meditations every Wednesday at noon.
Parents trying to home school kids can take advantage of educational opportunities developed by Ogden’s education department.
On Fridays, users can download easy at-home art projects inspired by Odgen museum works. On Mondays, museum educators will present creative lesson plans designed for online learning.
Andrews said plans are underway to add more content based on audience needs and interests.
So far, the museum added a video tour featuring one exhibition, “Revalations.”
“Being closed to the public hasn’t changed our mission or diminished our passion for sharing the art, history and culture of the American South, but it has made us quickly center our efforts and return to the core of our mission, to see how we may adapt to be more effective in this new frontier and continue to provide education, inspiration and enrichment for our community,” Andrews said in the letter.
Ogden Museum of Southern Art, along with other New Orleans museums, announced closures as a joint effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.
Located in the Warehouse Arts District, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art.
Established in 1999, and in Stephen Goldring Hall at 925 Camp Street since 2003, the Museum welcomes almost 85,000 visitors annually with a mission to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South.
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