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.

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