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Special Exhibitions

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery hosts numerous exhibitions and events throughout the year.
We are proud to host both family-friendly community events and events for the 21-and-older crowd.

Dance: A Song of the Body 

Special Exhibition
3 June-24 July 2022 

In the words of famed choreographer and dancer Martha Graham, “The body says what words cannot.” In the special exhibition, Dance: A Song of the Body, we will explore the art form of dance through public domain images and pieces from the R.W. Norton Art Gallery’s permanent collection. From burlesque to ballet, the human body's movement says volumes and captivates the audience with its technique and tone. The pairings of fine art and photographs overcome barriers between style and media, from traditional geishas and elegant ballerinas to modern Martha Graham and risqué cancan ladies. 


Writing on the Wall: A Tribute to European Street Art 

Special Exhibition
3 June-24 July 2022  

Writing on the Wall: A Tribute to European Street Art examines this controversial art form's history and presence in sixteen different countries. Economic turmoil, climatic change, and political unrest decorate Europe's walls and alleyways alongside enormous commissioned murals designed only to be aesthetically pleasing. As traditional definitions of contemporary art in Europe shift and graffiti becomes more mainstream, artists are able to communicate ongoing social, economic, and political, etc. ideas in new ways to a new generation. With graffiti now coming into its own, street artists are finally able to use this subversive approach to express their skills and voices, their universal message moving from canvas to concrete.  


Melodious Masterpieces

Do you hear music when you look at a painting? Does a specific scene touch your heart and make you hum a melody? Well, if so, we ask you to join our amazing social media followers who helped curate Spotify playlists full of the songs they hear when looking at pieces from the Norton's permanent collection.

Be sure to follow us on SpotifyInstagram, and Facebook for more music challenges. 



A Day at the Museum Coloring Book

Welcome to the R.W. Norton Art Gallery's coloring book! 

CLICK HERE to download the full coloring book. 

Once you’ve had your way with the Crayolas, please share your creations with the world via social media, using the hashtag #colorthenorton 

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Twilight Talkies

Friday | 1 July | The Sandlot  

Join us for our Twilight Talkies series on the first Friday of each month! Starting in April and lasting through October we show a family-friendly movie on the front lawn of the museum for FREE!!  Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a movie under the stars.  Sing, dance, and have a GREAT time! Local food trucks will be on hand with yummy treats to enjoy.

Movies start at dusk. 

Food trucks available from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Check our social media for a list of trucks.)

2022 Schedule 
July 1: The Sandlot 
July 22: The Little Mermaid
August 5: Sing
August 26: Bolt
September 30: Encanto
October 15: Ghostbusters
November 4: Moana  

No Pets Allowed at this Event


Scribes and Scribbles Camp

July 5-8 and July 12-15 | 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us as we explore and transmute art into words. Capitalizing on museum pieces for inspiration, we will use a variety of media to create art, poems, stories, word art, collage, journal writing, and more!   

July 5-8: Scribes and Scribbles #1 is for students completing 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade • CLICK HERE to reserve your spot. 

July 12-15: Scribes and Scribbles #2 is for students completing 5th, 6th, or 7th grade • CLICK HERE to reserve your spot.  

Backyard Books | Three Billy Goats Gruff

Friday | 8 July | 10:00 AM 

Want to spark your child’s imagination? Well, bring a blanket and join us on the lawn of the R.W. Norton Art Gallery as we read a children's book. Fill their souls with the magic of timeless stories and join them as they revel in the mystery of a quiet walk in the woods. Each week, we will read a different tale accompanied by a hands-on activity and garden quest. Participants will explore the museum’s enchanted gardens in search of magical items or beasts related to each week's tale. The books and activities are most appropriate for Pre-K through 3rd grade, but any age is welcome. Adults are strongly encouraged to partner with their children.
This is an outdoor event and a check-in table will be sited at the south end of the museum. Please be mindful that the museum is closed and there are no bathrooms or water fountains available.Length of event will be between 30 - 45 minutes.

Tickets are limited.
One activity and one garden quest packet will be available to the ticket holder upon arrival.
CLICK HERE to reserve a ticket. 

***If you can not make the event after reserving a ticket, PLEASE call or email Emily Feazel at (318) 865-4201 ext 130 or to release your ticket(s) and allow other children to attend.  

Adult Tour: American Journey 

Friday | 15 July | 10:00 AM 

Join us for our July adult tour!

Tour Guidelines:
Tours are limited to 20 people.
Each person attending will need their own individual ticket.
You MUST have a ticket to attend a tour.
Please reserve your FREE ticket at the link below.

CLICK HERE to reserve your ticket. 

***If you can not make the event after reserving a ticket PLEASE call or email Emily Feazel at (318) 865-4201 ext 130 or so we can release your ticket. 

Sprinkler Day

Saturday | 23 July | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Summer in Louisiana is HOT, and we all need a break. So, have you ever passed the museum while the sprinklers were on? While parents are only concerned about the water bill, all youngsters see is the amazing time they could spend running and playing.

Saturday, July 23, 2022, is your opportunity to play in the sprinklers at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery. The sprinklers on the South Lawn of the gardens will be on from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. All you need to do is bring your towels, chairs, and sunscreen, and get ready to have a good time!

Food Trucks:
Onos Hawaiian Grill
Hot Dawg Hut
Dripp Donuts
Baskin Robbins

Please no dogs at this event.