Ogden Museum of Southern Art
The mission of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South through its events, permanent collections, changing exhibitions, educational programs, publications and research.
Recognized for a broad range of educational programming serving audiences of all ages, the Ogden Museum has emerged as a leader in educating the underserved youth of New Orleans about our region's rich visual and cultural history. The mission of the Ogden Museum's Education Department is to create innovative programs designed to bring art and people together to explore the rich and varied cultural identities of the South. In 2016, the Ogden Museum's innovative education programs impacted a total of 14,746 people, a 6% increase from the prior year.
The museum's audience is extremely diverse and continues to grow each year. Last year, a record-breaking 85,000 people visited the Museum from all 50 states and 64 countries. The Ogden Museum strives to ensure equal access to the arts for all, hosting a variety of free admission days annually and offering free admission to Louisiana residents each Thursday. The Education Department is dedicated to providing quality arts outreach programming to underserved public schools throughout the city, and admission is always free to all public school groups from Orleans and Jefferson Parishes.