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Louisiana Residents Continue to Enjoy Free Admission to New Orleans Museum of Art Every Wednesday, Courtesy of The Helis Foundation’s “Art for All” Program

NEW ORLEANS – Louisiana residents may continue to enjoy a free day of admission each week to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), courtesy of funding from The Helis Foundation. Previously free on Thursdays, the “Art for All” free day of admission for residents will return to its normal weekly Wednesday schedule starting March 3.

The Helis Foundation also sponsors a weekly free day of admission through its “Art for All” program at other New Orleans institutions Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Botanical Garden, and Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, as well as a monthly free day at Louisiana Children’s Museum. Check each institution’s website for hours of operation and COVID-19 safety protocols. Learn more about “Art for All”.

NOMA Showcases New Exhibit of Nearly 70 Fine Asian Artworks

Beginning March 6, NOMA will present Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society, on view through May 30, 2021. Initially planned for the spring of 2020, the exhibition was on view for just three days before NOMA had to close its doors at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, in its return to the museum, the exhibition presents nearly 70 of the finest examples of Asian art in the United States.

Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon showcase the broad range of bronzes, ceramics, and metalwork assembled by John D. Rockefeller 3rd (1906– 1978) and his wife Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller (1909–1992) between the 1940s and the 1970s. With highlights including Chinese vases, Indian Chola bronzes, and Southeast Asian sculptures, the collection reveals great achievements in Asian art spanning more than two millennia. Featuring works from across the Asian continent—Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tibet, and Vietnam, the selection of masterpieces presented in Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon illuminates social and artistic histories from across Asia and underscores the visual arts’ capacity to encourage cross-cultural dialogue. Learn more about NOMA’s latest exhibition.

Beginning in March, NOMA will be open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Besthoff Sculpture Garden is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Safety guidelines require face coverings and social distancing. Prepaid, contactless ticketing is available for visitors to the Museum.

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