NOMA Stories

Fill Your Mind with Wonder
Previous Box Next Box

Flower Power

Flowers and Nature in Art

Reaching Out

Expressions of human connection

Many Voices

Sharing Stories

Justice for All

Art and Equality

One Earth

Seeking Sustainability

Keeping Faith

Exploring belief systems across cultures


Lorna Woods, descendent of AfricaTown USA

Conversations in Color: AfricaTown USA

Amistad Research Center presents Conversations in Color featuring community activist Hannibal Lokumbe and the pastor of Union Missionary Baptist Church of AfricaTown USA, Rev. Derek Tucker. They discuss the cultural restoration of the historic community of AfricaTown, which was founded in 1866 by the survivors of the last documented slave ship to transport enslaved Africans to the Americas. The Amistad Research Center also shares an oral history of AfricaTown descendant Lorna Woods. Read More

Musicians from Home: MACUMBA

NOMA presents a series of virtual concerts featuring a range of music’s best and brightest performing from their homes. Assembled by internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist and composer Mahmoud Chouki, enjoy these relaxed and informal music experiences with acclaimed musicians from New Orleans and beyond.⁣⁣⁣ Read More

From Ancestral Worship to Pursuit of Immortality: Bronze Age to Pre-Buddhist Chinese Art

This presentation uses artefacts from the New Orleans Museum of Art and the exhibition Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society and visual materials from recent archaeological discoveries to discuss the changing ideas and attitudes toward life, death, and afterlife in pre-Buddhist China. From the Early Bronze Age to the first Empires, religious centers moved from family lineage temples to individual tombs, reflecting profound socio-political transitions in the declining of a hierarchical genealogical structure and the rising importance of one’s achievements through personal efforts. Read More

Remembering Bill Fagaly: Sentiments from the Curator’s Colleagues and Friends

Colleagues and friends of NOMA curator emeritus Bill Fagaly (1938-2021) reflect on his life and accomplishments. Speakers include Dr. Ndubuisi Ezeluomba, Françoise Billion Richardson Curator of African Art at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Emeritus Prof. Robin Poynor, Professor of African Art History of the University of Florida, Gainesville; Prof. Sara Hollis, Professor of Museum Studies at SUNO; Dr. Roslyn Walker, African Art Curator at the Dallas Museum of Art; Dr. Susan Cooksey, Retired African Art Curator of the Harn Museum in Gainesville; Florida; Dr. Carlee Forbes, Mellon Fellow at the Fowler Museum of Art, UCLA; and Erika Witt – PhD candidate at LSU, and librarian at SUNO. Read More

Let's Stay Together