Tuesday, May 24, 2011


Voices Not Forgotten; Wellness Luncheon Honoring Mothers; Sistah's


Due to a transportation issue associated with the ongoing flooding,
the seniors will only perform on
Friday, May 27 at 10:00 a.m. 
Thursday's show has been cancelled.

May 27, 2011, 10:00 a.m. 
Ashé Cultural Arts Center | 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
(504) 569-9070
Admission:  $3
VNG 2011 Cropped SpreadThe Central City Economic Opportunity Center seniors are back.  This time their stage production will take a spin on "old school" dances as they compare to "new school movements."  From the old Bus Stop to Hand Jive, from the Hitch-hike to the Cupid Shuffle, see if you can pick out the similarities and perhaps join in the fun.  When these seniors take the stage, sparks fly, 'cause "these ain't your mama's grandparents."  Contact Karel Sloane-Boekbinder at (504) 569-9070 for more information.

May 25, 2011, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center | 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
(504) 569-9070
Free and Open to the Public
(Both Men and Women are Invited)

FlowersThis month's Community Partners Wellness Luncheon is held in honor of Mothers.We celebrate not only biological mothers, but also those who embrace the role of "mother," be it in the home, school, church or neighborhood.The theme this month is "laughter," and entertainment will be provided.Call (504) 569-9070 to RSVP or for additional information.

Mondays and Thursdays in May 
Ashé Cultural Arts Center | 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard
(504) 569-9070
This month's programming includes Tai Chi with guest instructor Ivan Watkins every Thursday at 7 p.m.  Regular exercise/dance class is every Monday at 6 p.m. with Giselle Nakhid.

Get fit with the "sistahs" as you exercise and dance your way to wellness.  The program is directed by Jamilah Peters Muhammad, a registered nurse and professional dancer, who handles all aspects of programming, such as dance, educational films, nutrition, and health and wellness.  Classes are taught by professional dancer and choreographer Giselle Nakhid and other guest instructors.   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.  

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Art Exhibit: Images of the Louisiana Wetlands--its Habitat, Wildlife, Marshes & Landscapes

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Freedom Riders of the 1960s "Finish the Ride" at Ashé

Be a part of New Orleans Civil Rights History when surviving Freedom Riders arrive at Ashé Cultural Arts Center to "Finish The Ride."

May 16, 2011, 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Street Fest:  5:00 p.m. | 1700 block of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Arrival and Reception:  6:00 p.m. | 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Screening of Film:  8:00 p.m. | 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Free and Open to the Public

From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives—and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment—for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. The trip was intended to end in New Orleans, LA, but was cut short of the goal in Jackson, MS due to violence.  On Monday, May 16th, you can be a part of local civil rights history as the original Freedom Riders pick up where history left off and...FINISH THE RIDE!  The public is invited to join in this special 50th anniversary event celebrating the end of the 2011 Student Freedom Bus Ride, and  welcoming the original Freedom Riders to New Orleans -- as originally intended in 1961.

WYES, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, The Louisiana Weekly, and Ashé Cultural Arts Center want you to line the streets outside Ashé at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard to welcome the remaining Riders and help celebrate them at a reception followed by the screening of a the film marking the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides.  Local Freedom Fighters are expected to join in the celebration.  You can also catch them on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Wednesday, May 4.  Check your local listings.

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