Saturday, June 23, 2007


Ashé Presents: Side By Side Spotlight Concert

Saturday, June 23, 2007

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Ashé Cultural Arts Center

1712 O. C. Haley Blvd.

Tickets available at Ashé
$10 in advance

$15 at the door

Artists & Guest:

* Ashe' Drumming Circle (African Drumming Group)
* Sistah's Making a Change (Ashé Exercise- Dance Group)
* The New Orleans Renaissance Society (Spoken Word Artist)
* Pinettes Brass Band
* Bamboula 2000 (World Music)
* Guest Sommelier, Jennifer Powell

Food and beverages will be sold
Blue Cliff College massage students will also be on sight offering FREE
therapeutic massages

Sponsored by Ashé Cultural Arts Center/Efforts of Grace Inc.,
and Side by Side - “Recrafting Our Lives and Our City Together.”
For more information contact: Luther Gray at (504) 569-9070

Thursday, June 21, 2007



For Immediate Release
June 20, 2007 - New Orleans, LA

Monique Harden, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, 504.919.4590
Kimberley Richards, People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, 504.722.3213
Gwen Richardson, Ashé Cultural Center, 504.931.6431

People’s Freedom Caravan to Arrive in New Orleans
Local Groups Join the Drive to Overcome the Democracy Divide

The People's Freedom Caravan is a social forum on wheels coming to New Orleans on June 25, 2007 en route to the first US Social Forum taking place in Atlanta, GA from June 27-July 1. In the spirit of the Freedom Rides during the civil rights movement, the People’s Freedom Caravan serves as a catalyst for positive change in the United States, where the growing gap between the rich and poor further marginalizes communities of color and emboldens government-private partnerships that are hostile to democratic freedoms and human rights.

More than 200 Caravan riders coming from New Mexico, Texas, and southwest Louisiana will join people in New Orleans and the Gulf region who are struggling against a tide of government-sponsored privatization schemes in order to hold on to and rebuild their communities. Through solidarity stops in communities throughout the southern region, the People’s Freedom Caravan brings together diverse people who are all affected by the changing economy and globalization that has created a democracy divide. More than 150 people from New Orleans will join the People’s Freedom Caravan to the US Social Forum, where they will participate in numerous activities and events to envision and build a united movement for justice in the United States.

Schedule of Events

7:30 am: People’s Freedom Caravan riders and local activists converge on Congo Square. Some will meet with residents of the CJ Peete and Florida/Desire Housing Developments, and then travel to the developments to clean up the grounds. Others will meet with the New Orleans Workers’ Center for Racial Justice and then travel to a day laborers’ gathering site to discuss issues facing day laborers.

9:00 am: Some Caravan riders will go on a bus tour of flood damaged neighborhoods throughout New Orleans. Other Caravan riders will go on a walking tour of the Treme neighborhood led by community activists.

9:00 am - Noon: Story Circles - The Truth Be Told Project, a collaboration between Ashé Cultural Center, Contemporary Art Center and an extensive network of community-based groups in New Orleans.

Begun in September 2006, “TBT” is a multi-year, collaborative effort to use theater, storytelling and improvisation to open conversations in our communities around race and racism. Our goal is give people the opportunity to speak out more about race, affect people’s ability to respond to others who express racism and to increase people’s ability to explore and process issues around race and racism in a group of more than two people. While we work through the dynamics within the core group, we will develop, refine and publish a toolbox of proven practices that can be passed on to many others. Over the next 2 years, TBT Co-Artistic Directors John O’Neal (Junebug Productions) and John Grimsley (Dog & Pony Theatre Company), along with a core group of local activists, educators and artists, and the staff of the two sponsoring organizations, plan an ambitious calendar of original theater productions, publications, community workshops and trainings --- all focused on race and racism. If you or your community group would like to become involved in the Truth Be Told Project, please contact Tammy Terrell at 504.569.9070.

Noon – 1:00 pm: Unity Circle, Lunch, Cultural Sharing Program featuring: Ashè Drum Circle, Lloyd Daly- Keyboard, New Orleans Renaissance Society-Spoken Word, and Zion Trinity- Vocals.

1:00pm -1:30pm: Press Conference

1:30pm - 2:45pm: Cultural Sharing continues with a 2:00pm performance by the James Andrews All Star Brass Band with a Second Line escorting the visitors to their buses for a 3:00pm departure from New Orleans.

4:00 – 6:00 pm: Solidarity Stop in Slidell, LA The Slidell community will host a solidarity gathering at the site of a church destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Monday, June 18, 2007


Position Announcement


Katrina Warriors, an expanding feminist network that seeks to end violence against women and girls in New Orleans, and V-Day ( seek an experienced community organizer and special events coordinator. This is a one-time, 10-month, full-time position in New Orleans starting on or around August 1, 2007.

The mission of the Katrina Warrior Program and Outreach Coordinator is to assist V-Day and the Katrina Warriors Council with coordination of local communities and events around the 10th Anniversary of V-Day taking place in New Orleans during Spring 2008. V To The 10th Fest will culminate during the weekend of April 12, 2008 at the New Orleans Arena and other sites around the Greater New Orleans area to celebrate ten years of V-Day and to launch the next ten years. The Saturday evening event will feature multilingual performances of "The Vagina Monologues"; a celebration of the victories of women from around the globe (Kenya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sierra Leone, Congo, Pakistan, Iceland, Bosnia, etc.); video testimonials from young activists; up-to-date reports from women on the ground in areas of conflict; inspiration from world leaders. Throughout the weekend, thousands of women and men will rally together and take the movement to the next level, expanding the V-Day model of empowerment for women and girls everywhere. The event will cut across movements gathering peace, environmental/ sustainability, racial justice, and sexual violence activists at one event. A highlight of the festival: Led by Nobel prize winner Wangari Maathai, participants will plant thousands of trees. The event will showcase the work of Katrina Warrior Network members and reflect to a global audience the knowledge, experiences, and needs of women and girls of New Orleans.

Women and men in the Greater New Orleans area are invited to organize festive cultural, educational, and transformative happenings of all sizes and varieties during the two weeks leading up to April 12, 2008 and submit them to the Festival calendar. "V to the 10th" events will help facilitate appropriate conversations among self-defined communities throughout Greater New Orleans about stopping violence against our women and girls. The Katrina Warrior Council also strongly wishes for many "V to the 10th" events that celebrate and critically engage the global movement to end violence against women and girls.

Duties of the Katrina Warriors Program and Outreach Coordinator will include frequent communication with the V-Day Worldwide Campaign Director and the Katrina Warriors Council, frequent communication with the people and organizations who form local nodes of the Katrina Warrior Network, coordination and distribution of the V to the 10th Festival calendar, working with a designer on development the Katrina Warriors web space and daily operations of web space, local press relations, budget oversight, and training and coordination of outreach volunteers and supervision of outreach interns.

Duties *do not*involve oversight of the April 12, 2008 gala production of "The Vagina Monologues" at the New Orleans Arena.

The Katrina Warrior Program and Outreach Coordinator must possess the following skills and attributes:

Salary is competitive.

Application Process: Review of applications will begin July 1 and remain open until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed by members of the Katrina Warrior Council and by V-Day. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume (including contact information for three references) to:

Thursday, June 14, 2007




IN Exchange, a 501(c)(3) retail store/art gallery, is currently searching for talented and expressive New Orleanian artists and craftpersons to vend their handmade wares in a new gallery space. IN Exchange will open in the newly-renovated Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life on the campus of Tulane University, providing artists with the unique opportunity of expanding their sales and visibility to uptown buyers. The store will feature biographies on all artists and craftpersons exhibited in the store. Items the store will sell include wall art, handbags, jewelry, quilts/blankets, pillows, t-shirts, and pottery that is microwave safe, dishwasher safe, and lead-free. The majority of IN Exchange buyers will be Tulane University administrators, faculty, staff and students.

IN Exchange is calling on all New Orleanian artists and craftspersons generating and income at or below 70% of the median income in the State of Louisiana and living in New Orleans for at least five years to contact the project. Some exceptions may be made on a case by case basis for individuals relocated outside of New Orleans and falling slightly above 70% of the median income.

Please contact the founder of IN Exchange, Erica Trani, by email (preferable) at or by phone at 860-966-6363.

Thursday, June 7, 2007


Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu Invites You to Attend:


Jeffrey Robinson, Assistant Professor
, NYU Stern School of Business

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Central City, New Orleans
(504) 569-9070

Workshop One:
Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Workshop Two:
Entrepreneurial Approaches for Non-Profit Organizations
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

FREE Admission
Click here to register

For more information call: (504) 568-3607 or email

Sunday, June 3, 2007


Benefit Event for Anioma Living Group Home

Mr. Clark Knighten's Black Cat Productions

SUNDAY, JUNE 3, 2007

Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
NOLA, 70130

Admission: $10.00
All proceeds will benefit Anioma Living Group Home for Developmentally Disabled Adults

Performances by:
Audubon Charter School's Creative Movers
Giselle's African Dance Group
Blue Lion Karate
NOLA Playback Theatre
African Drumming By: Bamboula 2000's Master Drummer,
Luther Gray

Fashions by Mary Hampton's Boutique

*Door Prizes

For more information contact: Dollie Rivas at (504) 239-0126

Saturday, June 2, 2007



Friday, June 1, 2007
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113

FREE Admission

Multidisciplinary artist Jose Torres Tama will offer a “Gallery Talk” for
his current solo exhibition entitled “Images from the Kaliyuga: The Age
of Conflict,” which has been on view at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center.

This body of work exploring social themes, the current state of war, and the
struggle for spiritual concerns in a culture steeped in violence, spans three
decades of mixed media works on paper, from the 80’s, 90’s, and recent works
of the new millennium.

“As a sort of closing for this exhibit, we wanted to offer the public an opportunity
to learn more about a body of work where politics and art converge,” said Tama.

The exhibition is supported through Ashé’s visual arts programs.

For more information call: (504) 569-9070.

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