POSTED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 6:04am
BATON ROUGE, LA — This summer, the LSU Museum of Art, located in the Shaw Center for the Arts at 100 Lafayette Street in downtown Baton Rouge, will offer two new community arts programs aimed at teaching children in the community the value of the arts.
Art Explorations will take place June 13, 20, 27 and July 11 at the museum, with a theme of “Look, Learn, Explore and Create,” designed for K-5 English language learners, their families and caregivers. Join museum educators for an exciting program that will allow students to look at in depth, learn and explore artwork in the museum collection, followed by a hands-on art activity. A variety of different projects will be presented from collage, to sculpture, printmaking and much more. Space is limited, and this is not a drop-off program. For more information, contact Coordinator of School and Community Programs Lucy Perera at email@example.com . This program is a partnership with the LSU Museum of Art and the East Baton Rouge Parish School System English Language Learners Program.
On Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. during July, a site located near McKinley High School in South Baton Rouge, and another site in Scotlandville at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9450 Scenic Highway, will come alive under the direction of Perera.
Thanks to a grant from the East Baton Rouge Parish Office of the Mayor-President, the museum will offer the Neighborhood Arts Project, or NAP, a new community arts outreach program that brings free art making, dramatic play, reading, singing and even lunch to children and families living in at-risk communities. This program is presented in partnership with the Avant Garde Chapter of Baton Rouge, LA; The Society, Inc. and through the support of the Office of the Mayor-President.
“I am excited to be presenting two new community arts programs that seek to make the LSU Museum or Art accessible to a more diverse audience,” Perera said. “The Neighborhood Arts Project, our community outreach initiative, and a museum program, Art Explorations for English language learners, fill a need in our community to engage non-traditional museum visitors, positively impact their lives, and ultimately build new audiences.”
The LSU Museum of Art also offers an ongoing series of exciting educational programs throughout the year including lectures, gallery talks, art making workshops and interactive school tours for all ages, designed to further explore the exhibition. A calendar of upcoming programs for June – August includes:
Free First Sunday – June 2, July 7, August 4 – free admission to the museum on the first Sunday of each month, beginning at 5 p.m.
Saturday Arts for Families – A new, dynamic and free program, taking place on the fifth floor. All ages welcome, with parent participation required for children under 6. No reservations necessary.
- July 13, 2 p.m. – Nurse Betsy Braud – In an interactive presentation, local jazz musician and arts educator Betsy Braud will be joined by a guest percussionist. Students can create rhythmic patterns using sounds and movement to explore the beats and tempo of music.
- August 10, 10 a.m. – Watercolor - Experience the joy and freedom of watercolor painting in a family art workshop inspired by Walter Anderson.
Films at the Manship – The LSU Museum of Art has partnered with the Manship Theater, located on the first floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, to present various films. Admission is ticketed, but open to the public.
- Sunday, June 16, 2 p.m. – “Let Fury Have the Hour” – The LSU Museum of Art in partnership with the Manship Theatre, and in conjunction with the Baton Rouge Blues Project, presents a rough, raw and unapologetically inspirational film, tracking the story of the artists, writers, thinkers and musicians who have gone underground to reimagine the world. Tickets are $10 each.
- Wednesday, July 3 – 3 p.m. – “Guys & Dolls” – The LSU Museum of Art is excited to partner with the Manship Theatre to present classic films inspired by the summer exhibitions and the theme of jazz. Tickets are $6 each.
- Wednesday, July 10 – 3 pm. – “Lady Sings the Blues” – The LSU Museum of Art is excited to partner with the Manship Theatre to present classic films inspired by the summer exhibitions and the theme of jazz. Tickets are $6 each.
For more information on education programs or to schedule a tour of the museum, please contact Perera at firstname.lastname@example.org  or call (225) 389-7207.
General admission to the LSU Museum of Art is $5 each for adults and children age 13 and over. Admission is free to university faculty, staff, and students with ID, children age 12 and under, and museum members. Hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
To learn more about the LSU Museum of Art, visit www.lsumoa.com  or call (225) 389-7200.