Who: The New Orleans Museum of Art in partnership with the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO)
What: NOMA will celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30 with a jazz brunch and public concert featuring Grammy Award-winning artists Terence Blanchard and Poncho Sanchez. The public is invited to enjoy a free concert on the front steps of NOMA. Following the concert, Terence and Poncho will lead a second line from NOMA down Lelong Drive, along Esplanade Avenue to the New Orleans Fair Grounds for a second performance at the gates of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. NOMA will be live-streaming the concert to Paris, the 2015 Global Host City and WWOZ will be live broadcasting the concert on their station.
When: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Where: Front steps of NOMA New Orleans Museum of Art
1 Collins Diboll Circle New Orleans, LA 70124
About NOMA and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden
The New Orleans Museum of Art, founded in 1910 by Isaac Delgado, houses nearly 40,000 art objects encompassing 4,000 years of world art. Works from the permanent collection, along with continuously changing temporary exhibitions, are on view in the museum’s 46 galleries Fridays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The adjacent Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden features work by over 60 artists, including several of the 20th century’s master sculptors. The Sculpture Garden is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The New Orleans Museum of Art and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden are fully accessible to handicapped visitors and wheelchairs are available from the front desk. For more information about NOMA, call (504) 658-4100 or visit www.noma.org.
About International Jazz Day
In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration, which began in 2012. International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication.