Ogden teen docents to fuel outreach

Photo provided by Ogden Museum of Southern Art -- From left, the Ogden’s summer crew of teen docents are Brandon Smith, Lake Area New Tech Early College High School; Damian Keeler, McDonogh 35 High School; Ysabella Ramirez, Benjamin Franklin High School; and Tanay Sanchell, Myron Solomon and Terry Richerson, all students at McDonogh 35.
Photo provided by Ogden Museum of Southern Art -- From left, the Ogden’s summer crew of teen docents are Brandon Smith, Lake Area New Tech Early College High School; Damian Keeler, McDonogh 35 High School; Ysabella Ramirez, Benjamin Franklin High School; and Tanay Sanchell, Myron Solomon and Terry Richerson, all students at McDonogh 35.

Since 2007, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Summer Teen Docent Program has been an integral part of the museum’s summer programming.

This program trains New Orleans high school students to lead tours of the Ogden Museum, serve as counselors for museum summer camps and participate in an outreach program aimed at bringing art to children and adults who are not able to visit the museum. Past programs have brought original puppet shows inspired by artwork in the museum’s collection to local summer camps, New Orleans Public Library story hours, and to patients at Children’s Hospital. The program runs through July 26.

Ogden Teen Docent Summer Puppet Shows can be seen this summer at the following New Orleans Public Library locations:

The shows, directed by Ogden Museum Education Coordinator Ellen Balkin, cultivate the teen docents’ interest in the arts and museum studies and empowers them to become leaders.

“We’re thrilled with this year’s Summer Teen Docents. Each brings with him or her a unique set of skills and interests, creating a dynamic group. We are truly lucky to have such engaging and creative teens working with us,” Balkin said.