Get cultured for free Saturday

by Walter Pierce

That's right, go to the Smithsonian magazine's website, download free museum passes and, presto!, you're on your way to being urbane!

"Louisiana Voice" at the Hilliard Museum on the UL campus

Smithsonian magazine has coordinated a nationwide event this Saturday that will allow Americans to obtain free museum passes, go to the museums, see art, enjoy art and live out their days slighted more enriched and fulfilled. "Museum Day Live" is the event, and here in Acadiana participating museums include the Paul & Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum on St. Mary Boulevard adjacent to the UL campus, the African American Museum on South Market Street in St. Martinville and Jeanerette's Bicentennial Park & Museum on East Main Street.

The timing of Museum Day Live couldn't be better: Five artists - Melissa Bonin, Linda Trappey Dautreuil, Troy Dugas, Amy Guidry, and Lisa Osborn - will participate in a panel discussion in conjunction with the current main exhibit at the museum, "Louisiana Voices: Six Artists Speak to Us," which celebrates the bicentennial of Louisiana statehood. The panel discussion will be held from 2-4 p.m.

To download a free museum pass and to find other museums participating in Museum Day Live, click here.