Friday, December 3, 2010




Ashé Cultural Arts Center - 1712/1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd
GoodWork Network - 1824 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
(504) 569-9070 or (504) 309-2073

For the eleventh consecutive year, the Boulevard comes alive as Ashé Cultural Arts Center and GoodWork Network join with musicians, actors, merchants, and the community to create an amazingly entertaining holiday festival and marketplace in Central City New Orleans. The festival brings together a mix of jazz, hip-hop, r&b, gospel, folk, reggae, along with spoken word and dance. Holiday on the Boulevard’s major events will occur on Saturday, December 10, and Sunday, December 11, 2010 at Ashé which is located at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., and at GoodWork Network, 1824 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

This year’s entertainment includes recording artists Kelley Love Jones, and Mikuak Rai, jazz violinist Michael Ward, singers Naydja Cojoe, Lloyd Daly, Michaela Harrison, Sharon Martin, Zion Trinity; Baby Boyz Brass Band, Dorice and Tanya, John Mosley & Friends, Ras Chemash Trio; and Domingma’, Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, Sistahs Making a Change, Crescent City Choreographers, Liquid Rhythm, and the Kuumba Institute Showcase.

Voices Not Forgotten, a feature not to be missed, spotlights the senior citizens (ages 62 to 94) from the Central City Senior Center. These ladies and gentlemen infuse oral histories, backed by videography, into their song-and-dance routines and are known for not only packing the house, but “bringing it down” with a foot-stomping audience that always begs for more. They offer gospel, R&B, and humorous testimonies.

The festival also includes a marketplace which gives festival-goers the opportunity to purchase gifts from local merchants and artisans, while enjoying food prepared by local vendors.

Good Work Network’s Youth Marketplace will feature youth, ages 7-21, who have participated in entrepreneurship training provided by GoodWork Network. The training culminates with “real-world” selling on December 11, at Holiday on the Blvd. Along with other young people, they will sell affordable food items and hand-made holiday gifts. Participating youth groups include LA Green Corps, Alpha Coffee House, Sojourner Truth Community Center, and Café Reconcile.

Ashé Cultural Arts Center is happy to collaborate with The 13 Moon Walk 4 Peace Movement. The Trail of Dreams World Peace Walkers will be in New Orleans December 10 through December 14, as part of their current walk. This national peace walk began in Atlanta, Georgia, on 10/10/10, with plans to circle the country for approximately 10,000 miles until 11/11/11. The peace walkers will be visiting over forty cities with their message of peace and social justice. They will be carrying the Sacred Flame of Thunder representing The Great Law of Peace passed on from the Iroquois Six Nations in Canada.
Two members of the 13 Moon Walk for Peace, Audri Scott Williams, the first African/Native American woman to lead a world peace walk, and Karen Hunter Watson, visited Ashé Cultural Arts Center in 2005 at the beginning of the Trail of Dreams Peace Walk. Says Williams, Visionkeeper for the Trail of Dreams peace walk, “The idea for the 13 Moon Walk for Peace came when we returned to the USA from our three and a half year global walk for peace. On our journey from New York back to Atlanta, Georgia, we were struck by the pockets of poverty and disenfranchised communities that appeared to be under the radar, invisible to the general population. We realized our work was not done, in many ways it was just beginning. We decided, before we even made it back home to Atlanta, that we would do a walk in the USA to be a catalyst for healing the heart of our communities here at home.”

Walk A Mile for Peace
In alliance with the Ashe' Culture Arts Center Holiday On The Boulevard, the 13 Moon Peace Walkers are inviting the communities and families of New Orleans to join them in their Walk-A-Mile-For-Peace on Saturday December 11th, 2010. The walk will begin at the Ashe' Cultural Arts Center and wind its way through central city, with a police escort, returning to Ashe' by noon for the kick off of the Holiday on The Boulevard events.

Film Showings
On Sunday December 12th, the peace walkers will show two free films at Ashe'. The first, Asé, a documentary film by Audri Scott Williams, interviews indigenous elders all over the world, urging humanity to return to the ancient teachings and wisdom of their prophecies. Asé will be shown at 2:00 pm. The second film, “For the Next 7 Generations,” is a film about the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers who travel the globe to promote world peace and healing. This screening will be at 4:00 pm.

Other activities while the peace walkers are in town include speaking at the Unitarian Universalist or or call 570-220-9249.

Recent press articles:
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Daytona Beach News Journal
Sacred Flame Press Release



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