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Making Art Cool Again

July 27, 2018

The Helis Foundation Revives “Art and AC”

The Helis Foundation is teaming up with the WVUE meteorological team to make art cool again with the return of its award-winning initiative “Art and AC.” Running the entire month of August, the program allowing locals free access to the New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and Contemporary Arts Center when temperatures are at or above 93 degrees. In addition to cooling off in the air conditioning, all museums will offer free snowballs from Imperial Woodpecker, hand fans, and cold water. “Art and AC” allows locals the perfect opportunity to engage with these world class art institutions and beat the heat all at the same time.

“August is not only one of the hottest months for New Orleans throughout the year, it’s also National Museum Month,” says Jessie Haynes, Managing Director, The Helis Foundation. “After the success of ‘Art & AC’ last year, we couldn’t think of a better way to offer a refuge from the heat for Louisiana residents than to open up our world-class institutions, free of charge, when temperatures hit 93 degrees.”

This year, visitors will also have the chance to take home a piece of art by posting on social media with the hashtag #ArtForAllNOLA for a chance to win one of two prints of the photograph “NOLA Color Study” by David Armentor for St. Veronica’s Photography. The colorful photograph, which serves as the emblem of this year’s “Art & AC,” shows three sno-balls melting on a white background.

Learn more about the museums involved in this promotion below:

New Orleans Museum of Art:

Located in the heart of City Park, NOMA features both modern and contemporary art from around the world offering a permanent collection of over 40,000 objects. The collection, noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works, continues to expand and grow, making NOMA one of the top art museums in the south.

One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park New Orleans, LA 70124

Tuesday – Thursday | 10 am-6 pm

Friday | 10 am-9 pm

Saturday | 10 am-5 pm

Sunday | 11 am-5 pm

Closed Mondays

Ogden Museum of Southern Art:

Located in the trendy Warehouse Arts District of New Orleans, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art features the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the country. Established in 1999, and in Stephen Goldring Hall at 925 Camp Street since 2003, the Museum welcomes almost 85,000 visitors annually, and attracts diverse audiences through its broad range of programming including exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, and concerts which are all part of its mission to broaden the knowledge, understanding, interpretation and appreciation of the visual arts and culture of the American South.

925 Camp Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Monday- Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. for Ogden After Hours

Friday- Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contemporary Arts Center:

Opening on August 4th, the Contemporary Arts Center will present the work of 29 regional artists in the exhibition entitled “Constructing the Break.” Also, be sure to check out Hancock Whitney White Linen Night on August 4th, a free block party offering food and drinks in celebration of local New Orleans artists. Today, the CAC is one out of a handful of nationwide arts organizations who have remained solvent and successful while serving a truly multidisciplinary mission. Currently dedicating two floors, about 10,000 square feet of gallery space, on the four-story building to rotating exhibitions throughout the year, the CAC is home to artists' bold experiments in painting, theater, photography, performance art, dance, music, video, education, and sculpture.

900 Camp Street New Orleans, LA 70130-3908

Wednesday–Monday, 11am–5pm

Tyler Ales is an Intern at Bond Moroch.