Local music icon and winner of the Presidential National Medal of Arts, Allen Toussaint took the stage in the Patrick F. Taylor Library at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to kick off the opening event of the 29th annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival.

Patrons perused the Tennessee Williams art exhibit at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, which hosts a collection of his paintings, drawings and mixed media compositions while enjoying refreshing spirits and delectable hors d’oeuvres by chef John Besh.

The money raised supports programming and educational opportunities for writers, actors, musicians and others interested in pursuing the creative arts, as well as honoring the creative contributions of Tennessee Williams to the city he called his “spiritual home,” New Orleans.

There were 150 attendees at the limited seating event. Approximately 45 percent of the audience to the opening event was not local, which provides a great boost to the city’s economic health. 


EVENT AT A GLANCE

What: Opening Event “Tennessee and Toussaint: Soul of New Orleans,” benefiting the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
When: Wednesday, March 25
Where: Ogden Museum of Southern Art