Ashé Cultural Arts Center
Ashé Cultural Arts Center is an effort to combine the intentions of neighborhood and economic development with the awesome creative forces of community, 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.
Ashé is a gathering place for emerging and established artists to present, create and collaborate in giving life to their art. For those who felt compelled to choose more mainstream existence at earlier points in their lives, Ashé is a reclaiming harbor that welcomes them with open arms. Ashé is a magnetic force that first attracts and then activates the artistic, creative and entrepreneurial possibilities available in our community.
Ashé works to involve the entire community, from children to elders, in their planning and creative efforts. Ashé celebrates the life and cultural traditions of the community, and then immortalizes them in their art. Storytelling, poetry, music, dance, photography, and visual art all are a part of the work Ashé does to revive the possibility and vision of a true “Renaissance on the Boulevard.” Their name ASHÉ – a Yoruban word that translates closely to AMEN – So let it be done – The ability to make things happen, bears testimony to the organization’s commitment and intention to accomplish our goals.
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