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“Evenings with Enrique” Spring Music Series in The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden

The New Orleans Botanical Garden will extend its hours to 8 p.m. every Wednesday during the month of April beginning Wednesday, April 5 to celebrate “Evenings with Enrique.” Throughout the year, each Wednesday is free to Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation.

Located inside New Orleans City Park, the New Orleans Botanical Garden is one of the few remaining examples of public garden design from the Works Progress Administration and showcases the Art Deco influences of three renowned talents of the era: architect Richard Koch, landscape architect William Wiedorn, and Enrique Alférez…

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Gambit: “Blake Pontchartrain: Sculpture for New Orleans outdoor art project”

Hey Blake,

I noticed that the sculptures of the two women in bathing suits on Poydras Street have been taken down. Is there any reason for this?


Dear Mitchel,

Those amazingly lifelike sculptures of two female swimmers, perched on Poydras Street in just their swimsuits and caps, have caused many a downtown passerby to do a double take since they were installed in April 2015. They are the work of New York artist Carole A…

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Macaroni Kid: “Young Audiences of Louisiana Expands Free Baby Artsplay!™ Program”

Young Audiences of Louisiana (YALA) in partnership with The Helis Foundation announced plans to expand their successful early learning program, Baby Artsplay!™, to eight cultural institutions across the city of New Orleans. Beginning this Spring, Baby Artsplay!TM will be offered as a series of six free 30-minute workshops held weekly to engage young children ages 12-24 months and their caregivers in research-based performing arts experiences that support their cognitive, physical, and social development. The Louisiana Wolf Trap Baby Artsplay!™ teaching method taps into children’s innate desire for active, multi-sensory learning through purposeful singing, dancing, and movement…

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Artnet: “Landmark Exhibition of African American Art to Tour the US”

A major exhibition of work created by African-American artists since 1940 will go on tour fall of this year, starting at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. Titled “Solidary and Solitary: The Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection,” it’s being touted as the “first large-scale public exhibition to bring together a vital lineage of visionary black artists.”

The traveling exhibition will focus on the power of abstract art, not merely as a stylistic mode, but as a political choice for generations of African-American artists…

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