“Culture delivered on a daily basis.” -Steve Porter, Visual Artist

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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.

Good Tidings We Bring: The Family History of Santa and Friends

1 December 2022 - 8 January 2023

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Everyone is in a festive mood, there are lots of holiday films available, and drinking cocoa in front of a fire is at the top of everyone's list of things to do. The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is joining in on the family fun with its new exhibition, Good Tidings We Bring: The Family History of Santa and Friends. Discover the origins of well-known Christmas favorites like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. Uncover the history of Santa's elves, and learn how a ballet about a toy soldier evolved into one of the most well-known Christmas productions ever! There is something for everyone as we explore the world of Santa and friends.  

The Man Behind the Beard: The Life & Times of Santa Claus

1 December 2022 - 8 January 2023

Any kid can tell you where Santa Claus is from—the North Pole, but his historical journey is even longer and more fantastical than his annual, one-night circumnavigation of the globe. The Santa Claus we know today has gone by many names: Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle, and Father Christmas. The jolly old “elf” is a legendary figure and is seen all over the world as the traditional patron of Christmas, delivering gifts to all the good boys and girls. The big man in red's origin can be traced all the way back to the third century, when Saint Nicholas walked the earth and became the patron saint of children. As we journey through the centuries that have come and gone, from sainthood to shopping malls, Santa’s famous image and legend has continued to be shaped and molded in new ways and iterations. Will he always adapt to fit his times? 










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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Jingles & Java

featuring Shreveport Little Theatre and Academy Singers

Saturday | 10 December 2022 | 2:00 PM

Kick off the holiday season with a family-friendly Jingles & Java featuring singers from Shreveport Little Theatre and Academy. Enjoy coffee (hot colocate or juice for the little ones) and cookies while you listen to songs of the season performed by the talented kids and adults of SLT. This event is free, but space is limited. Please reserve your ticket at the link below. We’ll see you there! 

CLICK HERE to tickets. 

Cookies & Cocoa with Mrs. Claus

Wednesday | 21 December 2022 | 10:00 AM

Join us for a Christmas storytime with Mrs. Claus! She will be visiting the museum on Wednesday, December 21st at 10:00 AM to share her favorite Yuletide story along with a tradition holiday sugar rush of hot chocolate and cookies.

Activities are designed for ages 3-5.


Event Guidelines:

• Limited to 20 children.

• Participating child(ren) MUST have a ticket to attend.

***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. 


Holiday Lunch on the Lawn

Thursday and Friday | 22-23 December 2022 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us at the Norton for a special Holiday Lunch on the Lawn on Thursday, December 22nd from 11 am to 1pm.

Bring a picnic blanket or enjoy a seat at one of our tables on the South Stage. You might even hear Christmas music through the gardens while you enjoy your lunch!

Friday Food Trucks: Crazy Ceff's Cheesecake Madhouse, Island Vibez, and Tasty Treats 

SOLD OUT: Jingles & Jammies at the Norton

Friday | 23 December 2022 | 1:30 PM

Celebrate Christmas in your pajamas at the Norton!

Wear your favorite jammies (parents included) and make some priceless holiday memories. We'll celebrate the holiday with cookies, Christmas carols, and create a fun Christmas surprise to take home.

Activities are designed for ages 3-8. ADULTS DO NOT REQUIRE A TICKET - ONLY CHILDREN.

Event Guidelines:• Limited to 20 children.• Participating child(ren) MUST have a ticket to attend.

***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.

Reel Adventures: Rear Window Trivia Night

Friday | 13 January 2023 | 5:30-8:00 PM

Do you like movies? Do you like exploring behind the scenes and learning the nuts and bolts of movie making? If so, please join us for Reel Adventures: Rear Window Trivia Night! It’s like a book club, but MUCH better! Along with good fun, food, and drink, there will be prizes awarded for trivia winners, best costume, and more.

It works like this: We pick a movie that is either available free of charge, or at minimal cost, on one or more digital platforms. You watch this movie in the comfort of your own home, and then we meet at the museum for a discussion led by film expert and director Jeffrey Goodman, intermixed with trivia and games. 

This is a BYOB evening, so please feel free to bring your favorite spirits and mixers. In addition, we will be providing complimentary water, soft drinks, a signature-themed cocktail (alcoholic and non-alcoholic available), and light hors d’oeuvres, but you are encouraged to bring whatever snacks strike your fancy. 

The film is Rear Window (1954), a mystery thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock and written by John Michael Hayes. It stars James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter, and Raymond Burr. This film is considered by many filmgoers, critics, and scholars to be one of Hitchcock's best and one of the greatest films ever made.

Rear Window is available on Peacock for FREE and on YouTube, Apple TV, Vudu, and Amazon Prime for $3.99.So, we look forward to seeing you! 

CLICK HERE for tickets. 

BLOOM! 2023 • Submissions Open NOW!

Submission Deadline | 1 February 2023

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery wants to invite you to submit to the 7th Annual BLOOM! Juried Exhibition!

Submission Deadline: 1 February 2023

Every year the Norton celebrates the season with an outdoor festival and juried exhibition focused on the beauty and natural wonder that comes with spring.

CLICK HERE for details and the rules and regulations for BLOOM! 2023

f you have any questions please contact Emily Feazel Designer, Exhibits & Special Events at or 318-865-4201 ext 130 

Twilight Talkies

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 8:00 pm (Check our social media for a list of trucks.)

2023 Schedule Coming Soon!!

No Pets Allowed at this Event