Public Programs

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.

FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA

On select dates throughout the year, Friday Nights at NOMA features an exciting lineup of programs in 2020: live music, movies, children’s activities, and more. All galleries, the Museum Shop, and Café NOMA remain open till 9 pm. 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 2020. 

VISIT THE CALENDAR FOR A FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS