The New Orleans Museum of Art will donate proceeds from museum attendance Saturday and Sunday to the rebuilding of both the churches burnt down in St. Landry and the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, officials announced Tuesday.
The 800-year-old Gothic cathedral was badly damaged Monday in a huge fire. The cause has not been determined. The edifice was under renovation.
"Notre Dame Cathedral is among the highest artistic and architectural achievements of Western civilization," a NOMA statement said. "A spiritual beacon and the heartbeat of Paris, the devastation of this monument is an immeasurable tragedy for Parisians as well as the rest of the world. Together with the people of New Orleans, we ardently support the rebuilding of Notre Dame."
Three historically black churches in St. Landry were burned to the ground last week in a string of apparent arson. NOMA originally announced that the weekend's proceeds would go only to the Notre Dame. After receiving backlash online, the museum announced Tuesday evening that the St. Landry churches would also receive funds.
"NOMA's intention, as a fine arts institution, was to help preserve the priceless works of art within Notre Dame and the architectural achievements the Cathedral represents," said NOMA spokesperson Margaux Krane in a press release. "It is equally imperative that, as a Louisiana institution, we show support for those affected by the hateful events that have stricken the hearts of our community."
Current NOMA special exhibitions include "Keith Sonnier: Until Today," "Bondye: Between and Beyond," "Ear to the Ground: Earth and Element in Contemporary Art," and the newly opened "Paper Revolutions: French Drawings from the New Orleans Museum of Art."
The museum is open Saturday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For information on NOMA exhibits, visit noma.org/