Take Note: Community Creative Sketchbook Project

Our institution, the museum field, and our world at large are undergoing a period of intense reflection, along with a reassessment, and transformation of our systems for serving, caring for, and connecting with one another. At NOMA, we’d like to invite you to embark on this journey with us.

To “take note” is to notice; to give particular care or attention to. Take Note is a community creative sketchbook project that encourages each of us to dedicate time to a creative process and self-reflection. Weekly prompts challenge us to look again, remember, notice, or reflect through the medium(s) of our choosing: writing, drawing, mixed media, dance, or spoken word, to name a few. Take another look at yourself, your stories, and your surroundings—independently, together!

      • People of all ages and experience levels are encouraged to participate
      • Keep an eye out for a new prompt each week in the NOMA newsletter and on our website
      • Share your creations, reflections, or musings with us by tagging us on Instagram at @neworleansmuseumofart, or email takenote@noma.org to contribute to our online gallery


Berenice Abbott (American 1898-1991), Pennsylvania Station, 1936, Gelatin silver print. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton Esterow, 2000.576

THIS WEEK’S PROMPT: What will you build for the future?

Berenice Abbott was an American photographer best known for her portraits of between-the-wars 20th century cultural figures, photographs of architecture and urban design in 1930s-era New York, and science interpretation in the 1940s to 1960s. This photograph of New York’s Pennsylvania Station captures the soaring web of ironwork that supported the terminal’s central atrium, completed in 1910. At the time Abbott took this photograph, more than 100 million passengers traveled through “Penn Station.” Destruction of the station in 1963, prompted by a rapid decline in cross-country rail travel and demands for the air rights above the landmark, was controversial and caused international outrage among historic preservationists.