Ashé: Making Things Happen for 10 Years

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Ten years ago, Douglas Redd and Carol Bebelle founded the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, and in so doing, created a home for emerging and established artists to present, create and collaborate in giving life to their art. 

photo of saxophone player outside of Ashé Cultural CenterAshé brings together a strong sense of neighborhood and economic development with the awesome creative forces of communtiy, culture and art to revive and reclaim a historically significant corridor in Central City New Orleans: Oretha Castle-Haley Boulevard, formerly known as Dryades Street.

Over the last 10 years, Ashé has produced a range of theatrical works, including "Swimming Upstream," which tells the stories of 10 women who lived through the flood and aftermath of Katrina, and "13 Lessons," a choral drama drawn from oral histories and first-person testimonies of adults caught in the circumstances of illiteracy, which currently traps 40 percent of New Orleans' adults.

photo of women performing at VDayStorytelling, poetry, music, dance, photography and visual art all are a part of Ashé, whose name comes from the Yoruban word that translates closely to "amen," or "so let it be done." 

This weekend, Ashé culminates months of 10-year anniversary celebrations with Holiday on the Boulevard, a gathering of music, story telling, food, arts and crafts vendors.

» Read more about Ashé's 10-year anniversary celebrations.

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