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Per(Sister) Opening Day

  • Newcomb Art Museum (map)

Mark the opening of this groundbreaking exhibition with an afternoon of family activities and an evening of conversation, performance, and celebration.

  • 2 to 4pm - (In Woodward Way and the Museum) Museum-goers of all ages are invited to engage with the exhibition at our friends and family afternoon. Activities will include tie-dye, a scavenger hunt, make your own message in a bottle, a rhymes, rhythm, and rock workshop (at 3pm) led by Young Audiences of Louisiana!

  • 3 to 4:30pm - (in front of the museum) Join artist Jackie Sumell for a community planting as we add flowers chosen by currently incarcerated mothers to Sumell’s installation A Solitary Garden for Incarcerated Moms.

  • 4 to 4:45pm - (in Woodward Way) Come meet representatives from our community partners at an organization fair and learn ways you can volunteer and get involved!

  • 4 to 4:45pm - (in the Museum) Journey into the museum for a reading of INK, a literary magazine produced by Tulane students and incarcerated students at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center led by Tulane Professor Zachary Lazar.

  • 4:45 to 5:30pm - (In Freeman Auditorium) Kick off the evening’s events with a performance from The Graduates, an ensemble comprised of former members of the LCIW Drama Club who build awareness of mass incarceration and racial injustice.

  • 5 to 5:30pm - (In the Museum) Children ages 5 and under are invited to take part in an interactive storytelling activity led by Young Audiences of Louisiana.

  • 5:30 to 6:45pm - (In Freeman Auditorium) Learn all about the exhibition, the women involved, and the process of turning these incredible stories into art during a panel featuring Syrita Steib-Martin and Dolfinette Martin, PerSisters and co-producers of the exhibition, Laura Blereau, Newcomb’s curator, and Allison Beonde, photographer; moderated by Monica Ramirez-Montagut, Newcomb’s director. 

  • 6:45 to 8pm - Finish the day with a celebratory reception that includes a featured performance from Cherice Harrison-Nelson Big Queen of the Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians with PerSister Zina Mitchell, free food and drinks!

**Free childcare for children 4 and under will be be provided from 5 to 6:45pm so parents may take part in the performance and panel.

This event is free and open to all. Email or call 504.314.2406 with questions.

Later Event: January 29
Film Screening