Free Family Festival at the New Orleans Museum of Art - Word Play

August 7 ~ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

July 29, 2021

On August 7th, youth and their grown-ups are invited to enjoy a day of activities and art-making inspired by language, storytelling, and communication for Word Play, a family festival at NOMA! The event takes place from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Admission and programming is free for families.

To protect all visitors’ health and safety, participant group sizes may be limited based on the nature of the activity, program, and/or space. Please sign up for activities and performances on a first come, first served basis on the day of the event.

In order to be as considerate as possible, face masks are required to be worn by all NOMA staff and visitors, adults and children (age 2 and older), when inside the museum, regardless of vaccination status.


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Art-Making Activities  
Join us for guided art-making activities inspired by Enrique Alférez’s panels on view in NOMA’s Lapis Center for the Arts.

Performances by Kelly Love Jones
Performances will take place 11:00–11:30 am and 2:00–2:30 pm.

Storytime and Story Trail with the New Orleans Public Library
Sit in a story circle with a librarian from the New Orleans Public Library or go on a self-guided adventure with a story trail.

Food Vendors
Vendors are offering food and drink for sale in front of the museum.


Kelly Love Jones
Jones’s artistic, creative, and cultural work is centered around healing, empowerment, and forgiveness. She likes to call her music “New Orleans Swag” because it is influenced by and mixes in the traditional rhythms of the Second Line, R&B, funk, and Mardi Gras. Jones’s music also celebrates legendary artists, such as Deacon John and Allen Toussaint, who made available to people worldwide New Orleans’s soulful and spirit-filled culture, the bayou landscape, and a colorful and diverse heritage. Jones mixes in all these traditions to produce songs that honor love, well-being, ancestry, family, and good times.

New Orleans Public Library
With origins dating back to 1843, the New Orleans Public Library has grown from a single French Quarter house with a few volumes into a city-wide system serving all of the Orleans Parish with locations spread across the city. The Library has a long and rich history of serving the public by providing access to a wide range of educational, informational, and recreational materials, programs, and activities for all ages.