• The Contemporary Arts Center and mural should not be missed by anyone visiting New Orleans.

  • New Orleans made quite the impression on Degas, as well as Monet and other 19th Century artists.

  • The New Orleans Arts District is also the Warehouse District. It's a shared vibe and culture.

  • Bright colors, historic architecture, and a culture that's stickier than the weather, New Orleans is a one-of-a-kind destination for art and artists.

While currently closed due to COVID-19 concerns, this gallery should be in the top 10 of art galleries to visit once you can. Located in the core of the Arts District of New Orleans, on Julia Street, Hall-Barnett Gallery offers a wide selection of contemporary art worth seeing. Featuring artists both emerging and well known, local and international, the gallery has fantastic exhibits offering sculpture, paintings and much more to delight the viewer. These exhibits last for three months, and each has a theme to tie the work together. The website has times and dates for these exhibits as well as who the featured artistRead More →

400 Julia Street 504/569-9501 Open: T-F 10-5:30 Sat 11-5 and by appt The Soren Christensen Gallery, located in the heart of the New Orleans Arts District, is award winning and was named one of The Culture Trip’s Top 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries in New Orleans. Their inventory is extensive encapsulating every price point, medium, style as well as offing digital renderings to assist in the selection process. The consultation services are complimentary to ensure clients need are meet. They work to meet needs pertaining to planning space design and budget. Their newest exhibition in the rear gallery is work by artist Ann Johnson whichRead More →

600 Julia Street at Camp Street 504/895-7375 Open: M-Sat 10-5 Art lovers shouldn’t miss out on the Jean Bragg Gallery, where plenty of artists get the recognition they deserve in Louisiana along with many kinds of pottery and other art pieces from the past. While many could easily take a gander at everything that’s on sight, they could also purchase some of these pieces if they so choose. With a lot to unpack from a visit to an art museum consisting of works done by Macon artists, New Orleans Artists, and Historical Louisiana Artists, it’d almost be a disservice to the Jean Bragg Gallery toRead More →

1000 St. Charles Avenue 504-525-8320 Open: M-F 9:30-5 The American Institute of Architects is one of the prominent locations found within New Orleans, where it contributed to the makings of several buildings surrounding itself. The chapter was known for having a good mix of bold visions and welcoming others that seek their help. Throughout the years, its Presidents led several meetings with their guests contributing to their activities. Such events are still part of the current appeal of this New Orleans Chapter. As we speak, the coronavirus has affected the events that would have occurred in March as well as April, but should everything returnRead More →

Staying at home during a pandemic can be extremely under-stimulating. For those in the art world, especially, will suffer from staying indoors and not taking in the beauty of art, but it doesn’t have to be so. Luckily, there are ways to take precautions while browsing art in public, and even ways to view art at home. When walking about the New Orleans Arts District, this is potentially one of the safer public places to venture through while social distancing. While most people are off enjoying beaches are attempting to stock up, art districts are typically lower in population so you can feel safe knowingRead More →

CRESCENT CITY AUCTION GALLERY 1015 Julia & 929 Julia Street 504/529-5057 Open: M-F 10-5  www.crescentcityauctiongallery.com Crescent City Auction Gallery, LLC is a locally owned and operated full service auction house. CCAG concentrates on auctioning Local Estates, Fine Art (particularly of Southern or Louisiana interest), bric-a-brac, pottery, silver, jewelry, art glass, American, English and Continental furniture, lighting, oriental carpets, etc. NEW ORLEANS AUCTION GALLERIES INC 801 Magazine Street 504/ 566-1849 Online Catalogue:  www.neworleansauction.com Representing Great Southern Estates. Specializing in 18th and 19th century American, English & Continental furniture, paintings, lighting, silver and decorative objects. Six major auctions each year.  CENTRAL PARKING SYSTEM 365 Canal Street SuiteRead More →

This isn’t every restaurant in New Orleans, of course. It is a few of the places that we know have some combination of world-class chefs and distinctively local New Orleans flavor. Okay, this isn’t anywhere near an exhaustive list even by these criteria. We’ll try to add to this list when we get the time. But here are a few places that would be good to visit: CAFÉ at the Square 500 St. Charles Avenue 504/ 304-7831 Open: M-F 7am-2pm, Sat-Sun 8am-2pm  www.cafeatthesquare.com Breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, catering –local comfort food and full bar. Carmo 527 Julia Street 504/ 875-4132 Open: T-Sat 11:30am – 3pmRead More →

As the next part of our series on New Orleans Theatre, we wanted to talk about the particulars of set design and construction. To dive in, let’s talk about some of the basic goals and strategies that can inform your set design process. Use lightweight construction materials whenever possible but pay attention to the details. Consider the venue and every view point within the venue. Consider the lighting fixtures and technology. Be sure to stay in close communication with the director, costume designer, and the rest of the creative team to make sure everybody is on the same page and stays there. Read and talkRead More →

The stage manager is responsible for an endless array of interrelated tasks for putting on a play. From pyrotechnics to communicating and corralling actors, from coordinating between backstage production and the A/V booth to organizing every single prop and costume garment. And then during the production, everything must be like clockwork in a choregraphed list of precisely timed actions that frequently feel like chaos but which somehow comes off as meticulous on stage. When things are working like they should. As part of our series on New Orleans Theatre, we wanted to create a space to discuss the intersection between costume design, production costs, casting,Read More →

The New Orleans Arts District is working on a new Theatre Section for our website, so we thought we’d start with a list of shows and events that we know are going on this year. We’ve provided links so you can find complete details and ticket buying information. This is also an incomplete list. In a city as big as New Orleans, we decided against trying to list every community theater. We hope your favorite play happens to coincide with your travel plans to New Orleans. There’s a play of some note you can take in most days and weekends.   Saenger Theatre/Broadway in NewRead More →