Friday, February 3rd, 5p to 10p February 3, 2012


Check out the event list for tonight’s Artfully Aware:

  • 5 to 9pm: Art Activity with NOMA
  • 5 to 9 pm: Zulu coconut decorating
  • 5:00 pm- Michael Watson’s Quartet
  • 5:00 pm- FosterBear Films film screening in the Auditorium
  • 5:30 pm- NOCCA (creative writing students reading poetry and prose)?
  • 6 to 8 pm: Visiting artist in Museum Shop: Abby Meaux
  • 6:15 – FosterBear Films film screening in the Auditorium
  • 6:40 pm- Guardians of the Flame (Mardi Gras Indians performance)?
  • 7:30 pm- Michael Watson’s Quartet
  • 7:30 pm- New Orleans Dance Company
  • 7:40 pm- Faulkner Society (readings by Randy Fertel, John Biguenet, Benjamin Morris, M’Bilia Meekers, Helen Krieger, and Moira Crone)?
  • 9:10 pm- FosterBear Films film screening in Auditorium

Join us Friday Night at NOMA on February 3rd from 5p to 10p!

Artfully AWARE will take over the New Orleans Museum of Art for a special event. For a night that will celebrate the rich diversity of New Orleans, children and adults from across the community and the world have contributed artwork and creative writing that will be displayed in the Great Hall and surrounding galleries. The evening begins with a performance by the Mardi Gras Indian tribe, the Guardians of the Flame. Michael Watson, the musical director of Irvin Mayfield’s Jazz Playhouse, will play with a four-piece band, and the New Orleans Dance Collective will perform an inspiring dance piece based on unity.

Visitors can interact with professional writers and artists from A Studio in the Woods, catch a literary reading organized by the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, listen to original poetry and prose read by students from the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, view photography that reflects the Sierra Club’s local environmental efforts, hear speakers from the Young Leadership Council and watch short films selected by FosterBear Films that explore the vital role of the arts in society.


Decorate a Zulu Coconut!
Become a part of this celebrated Mardi Gras tradition by helping a Zulu Krewe member decorate coconuts. All materials will be provided. Coconuts must be left behind for the Zulu Krewe member to use during the parade. Prizes will be awarded for the top three coconuts. A second Mardi Gras inspired art activity will also be available so you can take home a souvenir.


6p to 8p: Visiting artist, Abby Meax in the Museum Shop

Abby Meaux was born in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1981 where she currently resides and works. She received her BA in Mass Communications / Advertising with a double minor in English and Visual Arts in 2005 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She then went on to work as a graphic designer as a position she has held for the past 8 years. She obtained her Master’s Degree in English / Creative Writing in 2011 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She’s always gravitated toward the arts, being exposed to crafting and photography at an early age by her parents. She started her own photography business in 2010 and just recently began incorporating her knowledge of graphic design and craftiness in her business venture. Her photography and crafts have been juried into festivals and expos in the Lafayette area and New Orleans. Her work has been published in the Southwestern Review and has been exhibited in six Acadiana area photographic competitions where she received an award every year she has entered. She hopes to exhibit more often, start an etsy shop for her crafts, and be able to focus fully on creative tasks in 2012; it proves be a busy year since she will also be marrying her fiancé in the fall!

About Artfully Aware

Artfully AWARE (AfA) is an international not for profit organization that connects communities, collaborates with local partners and generates positive change in people’s lives through advocacy events and innovative community development projects.

Our philosophy is to inspire each one of us to recognize our power as an individual to promote change. Whether advocating for human rights, facilitating educational workshops or teaching income generating skills in rural communities, we bring a creative global perspective to society.

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