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Big Chief Waddie Griffin marches during the Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday parade Sunday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

Big Chief Waddie Griffin marches during the Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday parade Sunday afternoon. (Sabree Hill, UptownMessenger.com)

The Ashé Cultural Arts Center will be holding celebrations for the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame’s 16th anniversary this weekend, including a Honors Breakfast by invitation and awards and memorial ceremony that will be free and open to the public.

The Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Honors Breakfast “2014 – Year of the Flag Boy and Gang Flag” will take place on from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday (Aug. 15). The 16th Annual Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Awards & Memorial Ceremony will follow on Sunday (Aug. 17), featuring a conversation with the elders from 2 to 3 p.m., and the awards and memorial ceremony from 3 to 5 p.m.

Both events will take place at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center on 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

For details, see the center’s full August calendar of events below.

ASHÉ CULTURAL ARTS CENTER’S AUGUST 2014 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Presenting a Slate of Great Entertainment and Events

Ashé Cultural Arts Center announces its August community events and entertainment schedule. As usual, the calendar is full of cultural, educational and fun activities. Many of the center’s offerings are free and open to the public.

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Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Honors Breakfast
“2014 – Year of the Flag Boy and Gang Flag”
August 15, 2014 | 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA 70113
By invitation – 2014 Honorees and Flag Boys, & Gang Flags with RSVP

The Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame will celebrate its 16th anniversary with a week-long list of activities. Co-founded in 1998 by Dr. Roslyn J. Smith and Cherice Harrison-Nelson, through the spirit of Harrison-Nelson’s father Big Chief Donald Harrison, Senior, the Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame works year-round to honor, and educate about the individuals and groups who create and uphold the arts and culture of the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans. Annually in August, we dedicate a week to celebration our achievements and the unity of the Nation. The organization honors prominent Indians with annual awards, presents Indian-themed art shows and panels, and presents educational programs through the Guardian’s Institute, an initiative created in honor of her father. Please RSVP to Cherice Harrison-Nelson at (504) 214-6630 or queenreesie@aol.com.

16th Annual Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame Awards & Memorial Ceremony
August 17, 2014 |
2:00-3:00 p.m. – A CONVERSATION WITH THE ELDERS
3:00-5:00 p.m. – AWARDS & MEMORIAL CEREMONY
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA 70113
Free and open to the public

Come early for an historical conversation with elder Mardi Gras Indians: Third Chief Alvin Mutin (80), Yellow Pocahontas; Council Chief Joseph Jenkins (82), Guardians of the Flame; Flag Boy Isaac Edwards (91), Co-founder of the White Eagles, and Herbert Gettridge (93), Yellow Pocahontas.

Then stick around as we celebrate our 2014 Honorees: Big Chief Carl Reed (Donald Harrison, Sr. Crystal Feather Honoree), Alvin Mutin, Sr. (Curator’s Choice Elder Statesman Award), Herbert Gettridge (Peace Chief’s Choice Elder Statement), Queen Wanda Womble, Cheyenne (Queen’s Choice Crystal Feather Honoree), Mama Jennifer Turner, Community Book Center (Guardian of the Culture and Literary Arts), Spy Boy Dow Edwards (Legal Eagle), Al “Carnival Time” Johnson (Music Heritage), Geraldine Wyckoff, Louisiana Weekly (Scribe Award), Dodie Smith-Simmons (Freedom Fighter Award), Jamilah Y. Peters-Muhammad (Nurse of the Nation), Evelyn Rodos and Boogie Rodos, (Outstanding Supporter), Norman Smith (Capturing the Flash), Gus Bennett (Capturing the Spirit). To keep informed of our activities, please like “Mardi Gras Indian Hall of Fame” on Facebook. Please pass the word. For more information, call (504) 214-6630.

Ashe Cultural Arts Center Field Trip Series
Open Call
August 16, 2014 | 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Ashé seeks storytellers and performing artists for our 2014-2015 fieldtrip series. Please prepare a 5-10 minute performance and bring a headshot and resume. Performances must include audience participation. The Ashé field trip
series schedules performances to fit a class period of 45 minutes-1 hour for audiences of 100 or more. For more information contact Drena S. Clay at (504) 569-9070.

Workshop: Tulane University Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching
August 19, 2014 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA 70113

By invitation only.
Tulane University will be hosting a one-day workshop with 60 incoming students at Ashe in August. The workshop, called Catalyst(TM) and facilitated by Leadershape (R), is a one-day program designed to allow participants the time and space to consider powerful questions that move them towards action. The day isn’t intended to provide participants with easy answers to these questions, but rather create a community in which participants can engage in meaningful conversations with each other.

The Catalyst workshop will kick off Tulane’s new IGNITE program, which will help students explore the city of New Orleans and learn from community leaders prior to starting as first-year students. The program will offer a variety of learning tours, workshops, and service activities for participants, and it is a collaboration of Tulane’s Center for Public Service (CPS), Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), and Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT). For more information, contact Rebecca Otten, CELT-SI Assistant Director, at rotten@tulane.edu.

Production Assistant (PA) Bootcamp Training, City of New Orleans
August 23, 2014 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. & August 24, 2014 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA 70113
Free and open to the public

PA Bootcamp is back. NOVAC along with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy, Film New Orleans and Jefferson Parish are providing two days of in-depth production assistant training to locals looking to get their foot in the door of Louisiana’s booming film industry. Taught by instructors from Quixote’s PA Bootcamp, locals will gain the hands-on experience they need to prepare them for their first job on a feature film, television or commercial set. Skills taught and topics discussed include: production paperwork, set terminology and protocol, hands-on short radio training, crew departments, finding work in the industry, and more.

How to apply: 1) Applications are open to residents of Orleans or Jefferson Parishes. 2) Interested applicants should download an application at novacvideo.org/pabootcamp/html. (interactive PDF) and email it along with a one-page resumé to workforce@novacvideo.org by Friday August 8th. 3) Interviews will be scheduled between August 11th – 14th and acceptance announcements will be made on August 15th. 4) Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

For more information, call Jo Ann Minor at (504) 569-9070.

Standing in the Shadows Workshops
August 26-November 25, 2014 (each Tuesday) | 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center | 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA 70113
Free and open to the public

“Standing in the Shadows (No More)” is a series of narrative quilting workshops led by visual poet artist Jacquelyn Hughes Mooney. These workshops will provide participants with opportunities to incorporate their own compelling personal stories as they create vibrant, jazzy, contemporary, quilted textile collages. During the workshops, an eclectic group of storytellers, poets, speakers, etc. will be engaged as part of the soul experience.

Finished quilts will be formally exhibited at Ashé Cultural Arts Center from March 3-April 30, 2015. “Standing in the Shadows” will then embark on a national & international tour in the fall of 2015 with its 2nd “thread” in Montpellier, France. This is not “just” a quilting class. Those interested do not need any sewing experience. Just by simply being willing to Cover Your HeART so Your Soul will be warmed while discovering millenniums-old tradition done in a contemporary vibe. Be sure bring a pair of fabric scissors, and if you desire, fabrics you can share at this communal event.

“Standing in the Shadows (No More)” quilting workshops start August 26, 2014. Workshop sessions will be held each Tuesday through November 25, 2014. For more information, call Karel Sloane-Boekbinder at (504) 569-9070.

Workplace Wellness Luncheon presents “What Do Your Teeth Say About Your Health?”
August 28, 2014 | 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center | 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA 70113
Free and open to the public

What Do Your Teeth Say About Your Health? Your teeth and supporting structures (jaw bone) play an important role in chewing, facial esthetic and self-confidence. This presentation will explore these roles and how they affect you.

Dr. Mitchell A. Pierce, Jr., with his more than 23 years of experience in implant dentistry and more than 37 years of experience in general dentistry will address the topic and answer your burning questions. Each month, Ashé Cultural Arts Center offers a healthy lunch and a great seminar to the community. Our focus is on your health, be it physical, emotional or financial. Join us, and stay tuned for this month’s luncheon speaker and topic. Please RSVP to (504) 569-9070 and let us know you’re coming. This month’s luncheon is sponsored by AARP of New Orleans.

Closing Reception: True Colors Exhibit
August 29, 2014 | 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center | 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA 70113
Free and open to the public

This exhibition [which runs from Aug. 9 to 29] aims to represent people of all sexualities, genders, races and abilities coming together in a wide range of media. Artists whose work will be exhibited are Aubrey Roemer, Holly McGraw, Kristin Gile, James Gaffney, JG, Miguel Viteri, Brittany Polk, P. Maus, Michelle Pontiff, Ruth Owens, Lindsy Jett, Vanessa Sanborn, Keirnan Dunn, Chris Trahan, Elisabeth Jacobsen, Brooke Falgout, Michele Lambert, Christine “C Freedom” Brown and Karel Sloane-Boekbinder.This exhibition is curated by Rukiya: http://blackdollcollecting.blogspot.com/2013/10/dolls-by-rukiya-showing-faie-african-art.html.

True Colors is meant to be a platform for continued dialogue between LGBTQ people and their straight allies. Expect to see any of the following: painting, photography, mixed media and graphics design. The exhibit closes August 29, 2014 with a reception held at Ashé. For more information, call Karel Sloane-Boekbinder at (504) 569-9070.

You are invited to join us for the closing reception for the True Colors exhibit. For more information, call Karel Sloane-Boekbinder at (504) 569-9070.

Dinneral Shavers Educational Fund’s (DSEF) Back-to-School Extravaganza
August 30, 2014 | 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center | 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA 70113
Free and open to the public

This annual event is a free school supply giveaway targeted towards all New Orleans students. It includes food, music, entertainment, blood pressure screenings, cholesterol screenings, child health screenings, live performances, motivational speakers, countless giveaways, and surprise guests. Kids get to meet and greet their favorite cartoon characters: Dora the Explorer, Sponge Bob, and Elmo! The focus of DSEF’s Back to School Extravaganza is to promote the culture of music, art, and education in the city of New Orleans. This event highlights several musical, artistic, and educational programs across the city, while encouraging parents and kids to take an active part to counter the culture of violence. In return, we encourage New Orleans citizens to donate canned goods and non-perishable food items to our Second Harvest Food Drive in support of disaster victims. Call (504) 235-2084 for details.

Barbershop Meetings – Men Helping Men
August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014
Wednesdays | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Various Locations – See Below
Free and open to the public

August 6 – Speaker Amaziah Zuri, Ronald E. McNair Scholar at Univ. of Illinois. Story Circle on Community Policing as it relates to Central City. LOCATION: Ashé, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA

August 13 – LOCATION: Keller Center, 4300 S. Broad Street, NOLA

August 20 – Maafa Healing Ritual. Economic Development through SousSous and the Underground Economical Railroad — LOCATION: Ashé, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA

August 27 – LOCATION: Praline Connection, 542 Frenchmen Street, NOLA

Calling all men. The Barbershop Meeting focuses on issues of importance to the growth and well-being, especially of young men. So join the men who come out and learn from each other. Take in an interesting and informative seminar or film, and share your dreams and disappointments. Men of all ages are invited to join the lively discussions 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.

Flatten Your Tummy, and Have Fun Doing It!
August 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 2014
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Every Monday and Thursday
Ashé Cultural Arts Center | 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., NOLA 70113
Free and open to the public.
No dance experience required.

MONDAYS: August 4, 11, 18 and 25, 6:00 p.m. Hip Hop with Silvia Herrero from Barcelona. 7:00 p.m. Social Justice Film Series.

THURSDAYS: August 7, 6:00 p.m. Sistahs Chicago Steppin Dance Party. August 14, 21 and 28, 6:00 p.m. Kickboxing, 7:00 p.m. Liturgical with Roscoe Reddix

CONGRATULATIONS! Sistah of the Month, SASHA NEWSTATE

We’re fine tuning our bodies, recharging our social dancing skills, and getting our minds right. So plan to work up a sweat with Sistahs Making a Change. Dance offerings change every 6-8 weeks and include African, Salsa, Haitian, Tap, Line Dance, Contemporary, Chicago-Style Stepping, Secondline, Zumba and more. So 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. the program offers -dance, educational films and information, nutrition, and all aspects of health and wellness. A nutritious meal is served after each class. For more information, call (504) 569-9070, or just show up in exercise gear or comfortable clothing ready to move. Donations appreciated.

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