Algiers Folk Art Zone & Blues Museum in New Orleans, LA
The Algiers Folk Art Zone and Blues Museum is located in the Algiers Point neighborhood of New Orleans amid Creole cottages, various pubs, art galleries, attractions, and other activites. The museum offers community programs as well as educational workshops. The museum features mixed-media artistic pieces by self-taught artists.
The Algiers Folk Art Zone and Blues Museum has guided tours by appointment only. Visitors to the museum should be aware that a small fee may be required, but in exchange, visitors will see folk art pieces and learn about the history of folk art and some important folk art artists. The museum holds an annual Folk Art Festival where people can see some live music and view the work of some of Louisiana’s folk artists.
The Algiers Folk Art Zone and Blues Museum was founded by self-taught folk artist Charles Gillam who works in mixed media. Gillam’s artistic works most often use furniture that he has salvaged and driftwood obtained from the Mississippi River. Gillam features artists that are self-taught and also has an interest in the blues and jazz musicians from Lousiana which is an inspiration for the art pieces that he creates.
The Algiers Folk Art Zone and Blues Museum has several exhibits. Visits to the folk art museum are by appointment only except for the annual Algiers Folk Art Festival. Visitors who plan to visit the Algiers Folk Art Zone and Blues Museum may also be interested in stopping by the Jazz Walk of Fame and take a stroll to view some of the places where legendary jazz musicians lived and worked.
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