Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ashe Cultural Arts Center


Ash� Cultural Arts Center Newsletter
August 2012 Schedule of Events
Barbershop Meeting
Basics of Annual Fund Campaigns
I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad, The Beautiful (film & discussion)
4th Annual Back to School Extravaganza
Workplace Wellness Luncheon
Sistahs Making a Change
Kuumba Institute Saturday Program Registration is Open
Dear Ty,
We've made a couple of time and date changes in this month's programming. Please read on.

This month, Ash� Cultural Arts Center has something for the entire family, from a Back-to-School Extravaganza featuring school supplies and entertainment, to our monthly Workplace Wellness Luncheon designed to keep you healthy and informed. While you're thinking about getting the kids ready for school, why not add Kuumba Institute's Saturday Program Registration to the list of things to do today. Registration is now open, and space is limited.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, August 16, The Funding Seed will provide information and answer your questions at its "Basics of Annual Fund Campaigns" workshop. If you need to raise funds for your nonprofit, you'll certainly want to be there.

Then, pull your friends and family together and come see "I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad and the Beautiful," screening August 17at 6:30 p.m.. This film documents the life and struggles of a Lower Ninth Ward resident who continues to fight for the rights of Katrina evacuees to return home. Stay after the film for a stimulating discussion.

Finally, grown folks, our weekly Barbershop Meetings bring men together for conversations and solidarity (Wednesdays) and Sistahs Making a Changesessions (Mondays & Thursdays) keep the heart pumping with good exercise and dance moves. While you're in the house, stop by Diaspora Boutique.Our end-of-the-summer sale is going on now, with prices starting at $5. The boutique carries stylish clothing and accessories for both men and women.

See you soon.

Barbershop Meeting Fathers Time

August 15, 22, 29, 2012 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Ash� Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Free and open to the public

The Barbershop Meeting focuses on issues of importance to the growth and well-being, especially of young men. Men of all ages are invited to join the discussion and to give input and support based on their life experiences. This meeting affords the opportunity for goal-setting and reflections. Come and bring a few friends. Peter Nakhid leads the discussions. For more information, call (504) 569-9070.

Basics of Annual Fund CampaignsFunding Seed Logo

August 16, 2012 | 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Ash� Cultural Arts Center

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Registration $35

Student and group discounts are available.

Annual fund campaigns are a great way to jumpstart a nonprofit's fundraising. But how do you get started? How can you manage your campaign to raise more money? This workshop will walk you through the process of running your annual fund campaign, from Day One to the Victory Party. Registration $35. Discounts available for students and for organizations registering two or more people. For questions, to inquire about discount codes or to reserve your seat and pay at the door, email will receive a certificate of participation for completing the workshop.

Film Screening & Discussion: I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad, and the BeautifulCarolyn Parker

August 17, 2012 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Ash� Cultural Arts Center

1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Free and open to the public

The New Orleans Film Society, the Ash� Cultural Arts Center, POV, and WYES New Orleans present a screening of the documentary and 2011 NOFF selection I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, The Mad, and the Beautiful, directed by Academy-Award-winner Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Rachel Getting Married). The screening will be followed by a Q&A with author and producer Daniel Wolff.

About the film: Carolyn Parker was the last to leave her neighborhood when a mandatory evacuation order was decreed as Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans in the summer of 2005. After the floodwaters subsided, Mrs. Parker was the first resident to return to her now flood-devastated community with what many thought was the "impossible dream" of bringing her ruined home back to life. I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful unfolds as an inspiring portrait of an extraordinary woman. Mrs. Parker takes us deep inside her personal biography as a child born in the 40's, raised in segregated New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward, who became a teen-ager joining the front lines in the Civil Rights movement of the 60's, who worked for thirty years as a cook-turned-chef in the hotel industry, and became one of the most outspoken voices in the fight for every New Orleanian's right to return home after the devastation of the floods that followed Katrina. WATCH THE TRAILER.

Call (504) 569-9070.

4th Annual Back to School ExtravaganzaSchool Zone Sign

August 25, 2012 | Noon-4:00 p.m.
Ash� Cultural Arts Center, 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Free and open to the public

The Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund (DSEF) and its partners at Tulane University are pleased to announce plans for its 4th Annual Back to School Extravaganza. This event is a free school supply giveaway targeted towards all New Orleans students, and will include food, music, entertainment, bloodpressure screenings, cholesterol screenings, child health screenings, and more.

The event will feature live performances by: Baby Boyz Brass Band, Luther Gray & Bamboula 2000, School Boys, Triune, LOS, McDonogh #35 Cheerleaders, Stephanie C. and more, with a special finale performance by the Hot 8 Brass Band. There will be motivational speakers, tons of giveaways, surprise guest, and kids will be able to meet and greet their favorite cartoon characters such as; Dora the Explorer, Sponge Bob, and Elmo. In return, we are encouraging New Orleans citizens to donate can goods and non-perishable food items to our 2nd Harvest Food Drive in support of disaster victims. The focus of this year's Extravaganza is to promote the culture of music education in New Orleans. Call (504) 569-9070.

Workplace Wellness Luncheon

Take Your Loved One to the Doctor

August 30, 2012 | Noon-1:30 p.m.
Ash� Cultural Arts Center | 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Free and open to the public

Speaker: Melody Robinson, MPH. Sponsored by St. Thomas Community Center

Do you love me. Do you really love me. The best gift you can give me is good health. This month's topic will discuss the wheres, the whens, and the whats of a doctor's visit. Call (504) 569-9070 and let us know you're coming.

Sistahs Making a ChangeSistahs Making A Change

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. | Every Monday and Thursday

Ash� Cultural Arts Center | 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

New Orleans

Free and open to the public

Regular dance class will be taught at 6:00 p.m. each Monday and Thursday by professional dancer and choreographer Giselle Nakhid.

A featured guest dance instructor joins us monthly for the 7:00 p.m. classes on Thursdays. Dance offerings change monthly and include instruction in African, Salsa, Haitian, Tap, Line Dance, Secondline, and more. So come have some fun while you get fit with the "sistahs," exercising and dancing 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. Monday at 7 p.m., enjoy an interesting seminar or film. A nutritious meal is served after each class. No dance experience required. For more information, call (504) 569-9070, or just show up ready to move.

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