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Ashé Cultural Arts Center

New Orleans, LA


1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans, LA, US
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Capacity: 375

Bio: ABOUT ASHÉ CULTURAL ARTS CENTER Ashé Cultural Arts Center is an initiative of Efforts of Grace, Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), organization that creates and supports programs, activities, and creative works emphasizing the contributions of people of African descent. Located in Central City, the Center provides opportunities for art presentations, community development, artist support, and the creation of partnerships that amplify outreach and support efforts. During post-Hurricane Katrina recovery, it has acted as a community-based center for the activities of ReBuild New Orleans, and has taken a leadership role in implementing the strategy to repopulate the Central City neighborhood with its former residents and new like-minded neighbors. Further, the Center boasts a repertoire of original theater works that are available for touring, and provides sponsorship for many private, public, community-focused, and family-oriented events. Producing and Sponsoring: ORIGINAL THEATER WORKS DANCE PRODUCTIONS SPOKEN WORD COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CULTURAL PROGRAMS VISUAL ARTS CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, EVENTS DRUM CIRCLE (ages 2 to 92) SISTAH’S MAKING A CHANGE (exercise and healthy lifestyles) Creating and Presenting: THE ORIGIN OF LIFE ON EARTH (theater/dance adaptation—an African Creation Myth) SWIMMING UPSTREAM (theater: focus on Katrina and healing) THE 13 LESSONS (theater: focus on literacy) STORY CIRCLE (theater/discussions) HEALTH NUTZ (theater: focus on health and healthy lifestyles) VOICES NOT FORGOTTEN (theater work with senior citizens) MAAFA (annual event commemorating of TransAtlantic Slave Trade) COLOR HIM REDD (art tribute to co-founder Douglas Redd) HOLIDAY ON THE BOULEVARD (annual festival and marketplace during Christmas/Kwanzaa holiday season) MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE GOSPEL FEST GREAT DAY PHOTO SHOOT 2007 BIG EASY AWARD WINNER for The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth


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