August 21, 2013 1:00 PM
Photo by Sally Asher
First-year students taking part in Tulane's NOLA Experience program gather around artist Louise Bourgeois' large bronze sculpture of a spider. The students were touring the Sculpture Garden in New Orleans City Park as part of "Art and Soul," a track within NOLA Experience that put students face-to-face with visual arts throughout the city.
"Our focus is the diversity of artistic expression in the city," says track leader Teresa Parker Farris, who said that over the course of three days students would be touring studios, galleries, public arts spaces and, of course, restaurants, throughout various neighborhoods in the city.
"These students are interested in New Orleans beyond the campus gates," says Farris, "whether its in the visual arts or through the other available tracks."
Other NOLA Experience tracks include those that focus on the great outdoors of the Gulf Coast, local sports and athletics, regional ecology and the meaning of citizenship.
There's a certain ripple effect generated by NOLA Experience, says Farris. "I think students become in some ways ambassadors of the city, as they can educate their friends, roommates and parents."
NOLA Experience is a program of the Office of Orientation and Parent Programs.
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