New Orleans Museum Of Art Announces Two New Family Art Programs

Baby Arts Play! and Family Art Workshops begin this month at NOMA

New Orleans, LA- NOMA is implementing two new family programs this spring: Baby Arts Play! and Family Art Workshops. In addition to Studio KIDS! art classes and StoryQuest, NOMA will host these new regularly scheduled programs in order to further engage children and the entire family with the arts.

“Art education can be a valuable element of any person’s life, and we hope these programs create a realm where families feel they can achieve this,” said Allison Reid, Deputy Director for Interpretation and Audience Development.. “We hope to spark creativity in children and foster their artistic development in a positive way.”

Family Art Workshops offer a guided, hands-on art-making experience led by teaching artists. Each skill-building workshop will emphasize developing basic drawing techniques and focus on different subject matter, inspired by NOMA’s collection. Family workshops will take place once a month on Sundays from 2-3 p.m. The program is $5 for NOMA members, $5 plus generaladmission for nonmembers and is ideal for children ages 5-8. The first Family Art Workshop will coincide with Family Day at NOMA on Saturday, January 24th.

Baby Arts Play! at NOMA will provide young children with art engagement through guided, hands-on gallery experiences.NOMA, in collaboration with Young Audiences and the Wolf Trap Foundation, will present a series of 12 workshops for caregivers and children ages 1-2 years old. Music, movement, and drama will be integrated to foster children’s developmental growth. Beginning January 27th, Baby Arts Play! will take place Tuesdays at 1 p.m.

NOMA will continue its popular Studio KIDS! and StoryQuest series in 2015 as well. Studio KIDS! Studio KIDS! art classes will explore art with diverse cultures serving as inspiration for art projects. From beading to painting, each class features different media, and students will learn 2 and 3-dimensional techniques. Classes are $25 for NOMA members, $35 for non-members and limited to 12 students, so prior registration is necessary. People can call 504-658-4128 or email to register.

NOMA’s StoryQuest gathers professional authors, actors and artists together to bring children’s literature to life on select Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. in the museum shop. StoryQuest is included with museum admission and no registration is necessary. Major support for StoryQuest is provided by the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation. Additional support is provided by Target.

Family Day
Performing and visual arts collide at Family Day on Saturday, January 24th. NOMA welcomes the whole family to help celebrate Degas’ Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen. There will be music and dance performances by students from across Greater New Orleans and a host of activities including Art on the Spot, StoryQuest, kid-friendly gallery talks, and Family Art Workshops. The event is from 10 AM – 3 PM and the schedule for the day includes:
All day | Great Hall | Music by guitarist Carl LeBlanc
All day | Galleries | Scavenger hunt
All day | 1st Floor Elevator Lobby | Art on the Spot activities
10:15 | Great Hall | Ballet performance inspired by Degas’ Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen by Young Audiences’ students
10:45 | 2nd Floor Galleries | Readings inspired by Degas’ Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen
11:30 | 2nd Floor Galleries | StoryQuest with author Alex McConduit
11:45 | Stern Auditorium | Odyssey Art Contest award ceremony
12:00 | Great Hall | Ballet performance by Pembo Cieutat Academy of Dance
12:45 | 1st Floor Galleries | Family tour of “Photorealism”
1:00 | Great Hall | Ballet performance by the Schramel Conservatory of Dance “Pro-Track” dancers. Students will perform excerpts from Bournonville ballet, Konservatoriet.
1:30 | 2nd Floor Galleries | Readings inspired by Degas’ Little Dancer, Ages Fourteen
2:00 | 2nd Floor Galleries | Family Art Workshop
2:15 | Great Hall | Performance by Anna’s Arts for Kids
All activities are included with museum admission.

NOMA’s 2015 Family Day is generously underwritten by Mary and Larry Antonini, Sanford Backlor and Arlene Kaufman, Sydney and Walda Besthoff, Valerie Besthoff, Virginia Besthoff and Nancy Aronson, Pam and Jay Bryan, Chevron, Minnie and Jimmy Coleman, Jeanie and Peter Coleman, Margo and Clancy DuBos, Dian and Wayne Ducote, George B. Dunbar and Louisette Brown, Catherine and David Edwards, Feil Family Foundation, First NBC Bank, Goldring Family Foundation, Dana and Steve Hansel, Juli Miller Hart, Jane Scott and Philip Hodges, John Burton Harter Charitable Foundation, Jones Walker, Coya and Frank Levy, Lexus of New Orleans, Cameron Kock Mayer, Peoples Health Network, Debbie and Rick Rees, Pixie and Jimmy Reiss, Tia and Jimmy Roddy, Donna and Benjamin M. Rosen, Josephine Sacabo and Dalt Wonk, Jolie and Robert Shelton, Kitty and Stephen Sherrill, Aimée and Mike Siegel, Dr. and Mrs. Rodney Steiner, Paulette and Frank Stewart, Judith Benson Swenson, Melanee and Steve Usdin, Dawn Wheelahan and Whitney Bank.

About NOMA and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden
The New Orleans Museum of Art, founded in 1910 by Isaac Delgado, houses nearly 40,000 art objects encompassing 4,000 years of world art. Works from the permanent collection, along with continuously changing temporary exhibitions, are on view in the museum’s 46 galleries Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The adjacent Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden features work by over 60 artists, including several of the 20th century’s master sculptors. The Sculpture Garden is open seven days a week: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are fully accessible to handicapped visitors and wheelchairs are available from the front desk. For more information aboutNOMA, call (504) 658-4100 or visit