FREE Baby Artsplay!™ at New Orleans Jazz Museum

As a mother of an adult daughter with a medical condition (hydrocephalus) and an eight-year-old with a physical disability (brachial plexus), I know how challenging it is to find fun activities in New Orleans that are adaptable and feel welcoming. In addition to the challenge of finding suitable activities for my girls who are seventeen years apart, is the negative attitudes of others. You would think that the mindset of people would have changed from the 80s to 2000, but not much. What I found that has not changed at all is the staring and it’s not the children. A child will ask a question about the extent of my daughter’s disability only to figure out if she would need help with playing with them. But these jaw-dropping, eyes stuck wide open adults should know better. It’s fine to do a double-take, but once you’ve taken in that our children have a disability, get on with what you’re doing or ask a question, but be very mindful of what comes out your mouth. Don’t ask “What’s wrong with her? Is her arm broke? Why is her head shaped like that ” and so on just say hello, spark up a conversation and more than likely I’ll tell you without the need of you asking. I’m all about raising awareness and shattering some of the many misconceptions regarding my child’s health such as ”She can’t do this or that .” Niyah will blow your mind at all she can do with one hand and my older daughter is a two-pound Charity Hospital miracle.

It is challenging finding and getting the help needed to create a sense of normalcy and inclusion for children with disabilities. In fact, over the years and sadly in 2019 there is little help out there, especially in the South. We have to fight for everything we are given, dig for resources, find creative ways of play for our children and the list goes on.

So, when I came across the upcoming Free Baby Arts play classes I became excited to share with my parents. though they aren’t labeled ”Adaptable” the classes would be a great fit for babies with whose motor skills were affected and looks to be an overall great playtime and it’s held in the museum. The classes are FREE so the parents wouldn’t lose any money if the class isn’t a great fit. Plus, getting out of the house for some Mommy/Daddy and Baby time and other parents and their babies in a fun environment is a good thing.

Check out the schedule and drop in one of the classes! By the way there only three left, but this Baby ArtsPlay reads like a great program!

by Young Audiences of Louisiana Baby Artsplay!™ Presented by The Helis Foundation


Newcomb Art Museum

Woldenberg Art Center #202

Newcomb Circle

New Orleans, LA 70118 

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Sat, October 12, 2019

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM CDT

Baby Artsplay!™ at Newcomb Art Museum: Tiny Motor Scooters (Fine Motor Skills)

Thu, October 17, 2019

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM CDT

Baby Artsplay!™ at Ogden Museum of Art: Oh, What a Feeling! (Emotional)


Ogden Museum of Southern Art

925 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Sat, October 19, 2019

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM CDT

Baby Artsplay!™ at Newcomb Art Museum: Baby Balancing Acts (Bilateral Integration)


Ogden Museum of Southern Art

925 Camp Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

Thu, October 24, 2019

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Baby Artsplay!™ at Ogden Museum of Art: Hello, Friend…” (Social Skills)


Ogden Museum of Southern Art

925 Camp Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

Free Baby Artsplay!TM workshops presented by The Helis Foundation will be offered at the following institutions. Registration is now open at

Young Audiences of Louisiana Baby Artsplay!™ Presented by The Helis Foundation is the perfect opportunity for caregivers to integrate purposeful activities into their child’s playtime that support their cognitive, physical, and social development. Research shows, and parents confirm, that multi-sensory approaches to learning help young children create deeper, more meaningful connections with the world around them. Baby Artsplay!™ will engage children and their caregivers in joyful and easy to replicate multisensory experiences that help children reach developmental milestones, while immersed in New Orleans’ art and cultural institutions. 

Please note, registration will open two weeks before the workshop date.

“The support of The Helis Foundation allows Young Audiences to reach a new, broader audience of next generation art-lovers, while helping all New Orleans families feel welcome in our great cultural institutions,” said Rickie Nutik, YALA’s Executive Director. “Through the arts we can engage children and their caregivers in multisensory, easy to replicate, and unintimidating experiences that help children reach developmental milestones.”

To learn more about Young Audiences Baby Artsplay!TM presented by The Helis Foundation, visit: Questions about the program and registration can be directed to Jenny James, Director of Education and Programs, Young Audiences of Louisiana, (504) 329-8503,

About Young Audiences
Young Audiences of Louisiana was founded in 1962 with the mission to inspire, empower, and unite children and communities through education, arts, and culture. Over the last 55 years the organization has grown from presenting school performances of chamber music to our current position as the state’s largest provider of arts-integrated and afterschool programs. To learn more about our mission, please visit our website at

About WolfTrap
Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts is a recognized leader in early childhood arts-integrated learning and instruction. Wolf Trap Institute is scaled nationally, with 17 affiliated organizations and numerous partners in 30 states that deliver arts-integrated education experiences to 60,000 teachers, parents/caregivers, and students annually.

About The Helis Foundation
The Helis Foundation is a Louisiana private foundation, established and funded by the William Helis Family. The Art Funds of The Helis Foundation advance access to the arts for the community through contributions that sustain operations for, provide free admission to, acquire works of art, and underwrite major exhibitions and projects of institutions within the Greater New Orleans area.

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