Our arts scene is 1/1.
For centuries, writers, visual artists and performing artists of all kinds have found themselves drawn to and inspired by New Orleans. With our museums, art centers, galleries, art markets, and sculpture gardens, there is art everywhere you look. Our neutral grounds (called medians elsewhere) are exhibit space, filled with original sculpture. Our wrought-iron fences are perfect for hanging fresh art. And buildings serve as canvases for murals by artists like painter/filmmaker Brandan “Bmike” Odums.
If art is your passion, swing by La Belle Galerie, one of the largest galleries in the United States showcasing original paintings, photos, sculptures, monotypes and prints about the African American experience, or visit artist Terrance Osborne’s new gallery on Magazine Street.
Ten years ago, photographers Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick opened the L9 Center for the Arts to draw attention to and provide support to African American artists in the Lower Ninth Ward. And in Central City, The Ashé Cultural Center promotes the arts and local artists with monthly visual and performing arts presentations.
Speaking of the performing arts, they thrive in New Orleans. The Mahalia Jackson Theater – named for the gospel great who was born here – hosts ballet, opera and symphony performances throughout the year. You can also enjoy a full season of classical music, opera, theater and jazz at the Marigny Opera House, housed in a landmark 1853 church.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center