About The Center
Ashé Cultural Arts Center is a project of Efforts of Grace, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that creates and supports programs, activities and creative works emphasizing the contributions of people of African descent. Located in Central City New Orleans, the Center provides opportunities for art presentations, community development, artist support and the creation of partnerships that amplify outreach and support efforts.
Ashé boasts a repertoire of original theater works that are available for touring and provides sponsorship for many private, public, community-focused and family-oriented events.
Ashé Cultural Arts Center (Ashé), is a 18,200-square-foot, multi-use facility located on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in the heart of the historic Central City neighborhood of New Orleans. The building houses two halls, a newly renovated "front room," and twenty-nine apartments. Thanks to funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the "front room" features community nursing lounges for mothers and a children's area.
In addition, Ashé has established an in-community facility called Redd House in memory of its co-founder Douglas Redd. Ashé also has several other innovative programs and projects in various stages of development. All of these endeavors are designed to utilize culture to foster human development, civic engagement and economic justice in the African-American community. EOG/Ashé and its principals have been the recipients of several prestigious honors, including the 2001 New Orleans Multi-Cultural Tourism Network's New Product Award, a 2004 New Orleans Mayor's Arts Award, and the 2007 Big Easy Award for Best Ethnic Dance Production (The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth).