Public Programs

NOTE: Covid-19 has altered NOMA’s public programs. We invite you to participate in our virtual talks and enjoy our video archive of concerts and lectures. View all of our current offerings at the Calendar of Events.

NOMA is committed to offering innovative experiences for learning and interpretation; and uniting, inspiring, and engaging diverse communities and cultures. Join us at the following programs scheduled throughout the year.

FIRST FRIDAYS AT NOMA

Throughout the year, the museum will present First Fridays at NOMA, an after-hours inclusive programmatic mix of live DJs and bands, local creatives speaking about their favorite works of art, a range of performance and dance, and unique experiences of all kinds in response to art from across time and place. Participants will meet artists, get creative, and immerse themselves in New Orleans’ creative community. View the calendar listings for details.

FESTIVALS

New Orleans is a city with a joie de vivre unmatched in the world. The range of celebrations at NOMA includes India Fest, Japan Fest, French Bastille Day, and a Scottish-themed party in honor of poet Robert Burns. Seasonal family festivals are also held in both the museum and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

FILMS

From classic films of yesteryear and Hollywood blockbusters to cutting-edge documentaries, international movies, and experimental artistic shorts, NOMA regularly schedules screenings in conjunction with exhibitions and special events.

GALLERY TALKS

Gallery talks are casual conversations between artists, curators, and other special guests with NOMA visitors frequently scheduled throughout the year. Tours of collection highlights and exhibitions are held daily at 1 pm, and guides lead visitors through the Besthoff Sculpture Garden at noon on Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays at noon. View the calendar listings for details.

LECTURES AND PANELS

As a cultural convener, NOMA brings artists and scholars together to engage in conversations with the public.

PERFORMANCES

From jazz, classical and country to ballet, fashion shows, and folk dances, the performing arts blend with the visual arts at NOMA. In partnership with The NOLA Project, indoor and outdoor theater productions are staged throughout the year.

ARTS & LETTERS

NOMA’s Arts & Letters series welcomes authors, poets, journalists, playwrights, and literary scholars to the museum for public conversations that reflect on literature at the intersection of arts and culture.

NOMA BOOK CLUB

Join fellow book lovers as we read and discuss fiction and nonfiction books related to art, artists, art museums, NOMA’s collections, and exhibitions. The Book Club will read and discuss a novel or nonfiction work each month, along with special members-only curatorial programs that focus on chosen literary topics. View the titles for 2021. 

VISIT THE CALENDAR FOR A FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS