Monday, January 15 marks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art is celebrating by opening its doors to the city. In partnership with the Helis Foundation, the museum is offering free admission from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in conjunction with special programming in acknowledgment of the civil rights icon and the national holiday in his honor.
The free admission day at the Ogden will feature crafts, music, the Diva Dawg food truck, a scavenger hunt, yoga and family-friendly activities. Much of the celebrations will operate in tandem with the Ogden’s Solidary & Solitary exhibit which tells the history of art by African American artists from the 1940s to the present moment. Art activities based on abstract works by Solidary & Solitary artists will include drape painting inspired by Sam Gilliam, abstract expressionist painting inspired by Norman Lewis and abstract mobiles inspired by Mark Bradford’s waterfall sculpture. Guests can also participate in sign making inspired by the Civil Rights Movement and create dream walls inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
The Ogden Museum will be accepting book donations for the nonprofit, Louisiana Books 2 Prisoners. Due to an already overwhelming amount of general fiction, please consider donating dictionaries, study guides for aptitude tests, resume writing, trade manuals, blank journals, puzzle and hobby books, health, fitness and self-help. Unfortunately no hardbound books will be accepted. After Museum visiting hours, from 6 to 7:15 p.m., adults may participate in a free yoga class with Mark Berger, Kim Doley and special guest speaker Whitney Mitchell. The class will focus on the theme: “I have a dream… for our community, our city, our country, our planet.”