Monday, May 31, 2010




June 14-July 23, 2010 – 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Kuumba Institute’s Summer Program for children ages 6 to 16 starts June 14, 2010. The institute is directed by Kesha McKey, with instructors that include professional dancers, actors, singers, poets, drummers, and other artisans. The 6-week program features drama, dance, spoken word, photography, African drumming, martial arts, visual arts, film, fitness, stepping, beading, and more. The registration fee is $25 per child. Tuition is only $375 for one child, and the fee for a family of up to three children is $600. Space is limited, so register now. If you’re interested in giving your child a meaningful arts & culture experience, call (504) 569-9070.

Mondays and Thursdays
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Get fit with the “sistahs” as you exercise and dance your way to wellness. Classes are taught by professional dancer and choreographer Giselle Nakhid and other guest dancers. The program is directed by Jamilah Muhammad, a registered nurse and professional dancer, who handles all other aspects of programming, such as educational films, nutrition, and health and wellness. A nutritious meal is served after each class. Admission is free and open to the public. No dance experience required. For more information, call (504) 569-9070, or just show up ready to move.

DOVIA Training Day
June 2, 2010
Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 9:00 a.m.
Topics discussed at this meeting are: Risk Management for Volunteer Programs and Basics of Background Checks
This half-day of training features critical information that will further develop volunteer management skills. Andy Schroeder, Tulane University-Risk Management Office, will bring critical information for organizational planning consideration. The Louisiana State Police will do a presentation on the importance of doing background checks on all persons who work with children on behalf of organizations. For more information, call Gwendolyn Richardson at (504) 569-9070.

Responsible Fatherhood Community Gathering
June 3, 2010
Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (lunch included)
The public is invited to join the Fatherhood Consortium in the release of the Fathers’ Family Community Policy Brief Series. These briefs are the result of a collaborative neighborhood approach in Central City, funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and addresses the needs to l) connect the issues of local fathers to the State and National agenda on responsible fatherhood; 2) increase economic opportunities for fathers through literacy, education training, and employment; 3) reform child support policies to help fathers provide financially for their children; 4) expand the benefits of the Earned Income Tax Credit, to nonresidential fathers as an anti-poverty tool; and 5) support fathers as a benefit to the well-being of children, families, and communities. This event is sponsored by the New Orleans Fatherhood Consortium. Please RSVP to Dorothy Bickham at (504) 864-7077 or

Robertson’s Scholars Orientation & Tour
June 10, 2010
Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 9:00 a.m.
The Robertson’s Scholars Program, including scholars from the University of North Carolina & Duke University, will hold its orientation and tour. For more information, call (504) 569-9070.

Bamboula 2000 CD Release Party
June 13, 2010
Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Bamboula 2000 announces its first studio recorded CD in 10 years: We Got It Goin’ On. It is a fusion of ancient African & Caribbean rhythms and modern melodic arrangements, delivering positive messages alongside soulful harmonies. The work is produced by band leader and world music percussionist Luther Gray and Bamboula drummer and recording engineer Cameron “Cam Jam” Woods. The CD is a collection of 12 energized, beat-driven songs featuring the vocalizations of Elbert Moses Fulgham, Cheryl Woods, and band members Eric Hornsby, Mario Tio, Cameron Woods, Clark Richardson, Jamilah Peters-Muhammad, and Terrance Anderson. We Got It Goin’ On is available online at CD Baby, and in New Orleans at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, Peaches Records, Odyssey Records and the Louisiana Music Factory. Call (504) 495-0463 or (310) 980-7363.

Oxfam America - New Orleans Office
June 15, 2010
Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 9:00 a.m.
Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 100 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. For more information on this local chapter’s event.  Call Nancy Watts at (504) 528-2097, x2397.

Concert & Conference: N’Kafu & Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Co.
June 19, 2010
Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 8:00 p.m.
The Culu Children’s Traditional African Dance Company will perform a concert entitled A Visit to Africa as part of its Conference for Children. The concert culminates a four-day event which includes a Meet and Greet on June 17, 7-9 p.m. at the Community Book Center, 2523 Bayou Road; Drum and Dance Classes for children only on June 18-20, 6:30 p.m. at Batiste School of the Arts located on Live Oak Campus, 3128 Constance Street, $10 per class. For more information call Mariami Curry at (504) 284-2901.

Side-by-Side Meeting
June 22, 2010
Ashe Cultural Arts Center at 6:00 p.m.
Side-by-Side members and potential members are invited to this important meeting. Those invited include musicians, culture bearers, museum workers, visual artists, actors, Mardi Gras Indians, art gallery heads, writers, poets, social aid & pleasure clubs, night club owners, digital media developers, photographers, cultural center directors, and community activists. All emerging artists are welcomed. For more information, call Luther at (504) 495-0463.

DOVIA Meeting
June 23, 2010
Ashe Cultural Arts Center at 12:00 NOON
This is the regular monthly meeting of DOVIA. The meeting will focus on planning special events. For more Information, call Gwen at (504) 569-9070.

National Conference of Artists Banquet
June 26, 2010
Ashe Cultural Arts Center at 6:00 p.m.
For more information, contact

Wade-A-Minute Fashion Show
June 27, 2010
Ashe Cultural Arts Center at 5:00 p.m.
This “Disney Themed” fashion show is presented by Wade Fashions which is located at 1000 Poydras Street in New Orleans. For more information, call Shantrell Wade at (504) 914-2181.

A Community Sings
June 29, 2010
Ashe Cultural Arts Center at 6:00 p.m.
You are invited to sing your heart out at this event. Led by songbird Michaela Harrison, you will take a walk down memory lane with some old time favorites. You are also invited to send your requests and lyrics to Michaela at so that others can join in on the songs you love to sing.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


Responsible Fatherhood Community Gathering

You are invited to join the New Orleans Fatherhood Consortium in the release of the Fathers, Family Community Policy Brief Series. 

Thursday, June 3, 2010
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Includes lunch.
For more information, call Dorothy Bickham at (504) 864-7077.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010




5168 St. Roch Avenue (Corner or Dreux Avenue in Gentilly)

May 14-June 6, 2010 – Thursdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m.

Suggested donation: $20 – Reservations required.

Call (504) 826-7783 or write

For more information visit:


About the Performance
Sunday is the most segregated day in America. Go Ye Therefore… is s story about two southern women—one white, one black, both daughters and granddaughters of Baptist preachers—rooted in different racial and cultural worship traditions. New Orleans native Kathy Randels and first generation Zimbabwean-American Rebecca Mwase trouble the waters of their Baptist upbringings in search of spirituality’s truth, revel in the unifying joy of song, and explore the tenuous history of the Missionary and the Native. Directed by Ashley Sparks, designed by Jeff Becker, with music by Emanuel Burke, costumes by Laura Sirkin-Brown, choreography by Monique Moss, script work by Lisa Shattuck, lighting by Hannah Adams, and stage management by Rebecca McLaughlin.

Go Ye Therefore… is a project of HOME, New Orleans?, an initiative of the National Performance Network, with funding provided by The Ford Foundation, and is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Ashé Cultural Arts Center and 7 Stages (Atlanta, GA) and NPN. Additional support by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans.

ArtSpot Productions is an ensemble of artists dedicated to creating meticulously live theater in New Orleans. Our productions are a sincere blend of disciplines developed through ensemble authorship, physically rigorous training, original music, interactive sculptural environments, and extended research and rehearsal. We practice social justice and share power in our creative and organizational processes, and we strive to incite positive change in our community with visually stunning performances and empowering educational programs.

Friday, May 14, 2010


Global Green’s BUILD IT BACK GREEN Healthy Green Home Series: Water Efficiency and Moisture Management – The Second of a Five Part Series

This workshop will focus on how to conserve water and save on utility bills by installing water efficient appliances, faucets and showerheads. This workshop will also tackle moisture control.  Humidity in your home will make you uncomfortable.  How do you control it?  Speakers will give expert advice on how to vent humidity out of your house and keep moisture levels low.  Last but not least, speakers will discuss storm water management and water catchment systems.

Speakers will include Demetria Christo of EcoUrban and George Ferris from Rescue Clean.

Tuesday, May 25th
6:00pm - 8:00pm
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70113
(504) 569-9070

Build It Back Green events are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information on this and past events, please contact Vincent Fedeli at our Green Building Resource Center:, and see our website here:  Visit Global Green’s blog to find out what Build it Back Green is up to

Thank you for helping us by spreading the word!



Red + Black = Maroon

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Free Admission - Refreshments Served


Ivan B. Watkins is an internationally recognized artist, filmmaker, and ethno-historian, born and raised in New Orleans. He is a graduate of NOCCA, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA) and University of Chicago (MA-Social Science) and is completing a Doctoral Dissertation “African American Indian Uprisings and the Black Indians of New Orleans Carnival.”

Since1989 he has led more than 50 community-based public art projects, producing numerous large-scale outdoor/indoor murals, mosaics, and sculptures throughout the United States and abroad. Committed to offering social catharsis through cultural arts, and public education, Ivan’s work has engaged Jewish, Latin American, Asian, Pacific Islander and American Indian communities through: ethnographic research, public events, lectures, educational museum/gallery exhibitions, documentary film, as well as multi-media and theatrical performances.

Ivan’s Documentary films in varying stages of completion include: ZAMBO – African and Native American Cultural Survival, “The Blackheart Man” – exploring the theme of self-sacrifice in folk heroes and leaders, “Success in the Making” – a biographical portrait of TRU Records visual artist Kernell Reynolds and the emergence of Gangsta Rap entrepreneurship, as well as a video memorial to the survivors and victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.


For more information call (504) 569-9070.

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