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WWNO: Interview with Jessie Haynes

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WWNO’s Diane Mack interviewed The Helis Foundation’s Managing Director Jessie Haynes about how Art for All institutions are providing free online resources.

While some New Orleans museums and art and cultural institutions are closed to the public, many of our Art for All and other partners supported by The Helis Foundation are offering online content. Take a virtual museum tour, watch an educational video, listen to inspiring music or simply view beautiful art on your computer or phone.

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Ogden Museum is open to the public and accepting reservations or walk-ins. Reserve a tour time or learn more on the Ogden Museum website.

Not ready to leave the house? See the South online! Stay connected with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art from home through Ogden Museum Online, where you can See the South virtually.

A few examples of free content you’ll find on their website include:

  • Live Art + Zen meditations – Every Wednesday at noon

  • Ogden Kids art break – Every other Thursday at 2 p.m.

  • Online lesson plans for educators

New Orleans Museum of Art

The New Orleans Museum of Art is open to the public for reserved tour times or walk-ins. Book a reservation or learn more on NOMA’s website.

Not ready to leave the house? View all that NOMA has to offer for free online! Take a virtual tour of the museum, plan children’s activities, learn about NOMA artists and more.

A few examples of free content you’ll find on their website include:

  • Art Making Activity – View your world from a new lens

  • Object Lesson: Frontlet Headdress of the Bella Coola Peoples

  • View NOMA exhibits through Google Arts & Culture

Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans

The CAC is open to the public. You can also explore their online galleries and uplifting art resources from our community and around the world.

A few examples of free content you’ll find on their website include:

  • Digital gallery viewing of Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires

  • Short film Red Coil by Cecilia Vicuña

  • Performing arts video Daymé Arocena live at Primavera Barcelona 2019

Louisiana Children’s Museum

The Louisiana Children’s Museum is offering a video chat series in conjunction with Tulane Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health on how to talk to children about COVID-19. The video series is recommended for adult caregivers. Subscribe on YouTube today to enjoy Connections At Home, a video tutorial series that relies on a child’s natural curiosity as a springboard for ages birth to eight. New episodes are available every weekday.

Here are additional resources from LCM:

  • Building Resilience: Positive Parenting During a Pandemic – Handling challenging behaviors with positive parenting strategies strengthens your connection to your child.

  • In Dialogue – A video call series that addresses mental health issues for caregivers and their children.

  • View LCM’s social media experiment call “Resilient Rainbows,” which generated a living gallery of rainbows created by children using #lcmrainbows.

Artsplay & Baby Artsplay!™ at Home Presented by The Helis Foundation

Learn how to integrate purposeful activities into your children’s daily routine and support their cognitive, physical, and social development. Join leaders online from Young Audiences of Louisiana as they engage in multi-sensory experiences for your children, enriched by the digital resources of our local art and cultural institutions.

Learn more about ArtsPlay on their website.

Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition

THe Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition is open and available to the public for viewing. Visit the PCSE page to see images of the sculptures on Poydras Street, learn about the artists, and more.


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