The Douglas Redd Summit

New Orleans Artists Organize 9th Annual Douglas Redd Cultural Summit

Cultural Collaborative Tri-centennial Projects to be Presented

(New Orleans, LA) Ashé Cultural Arts Center (Ashé) announces the 9th Annual Douglas Redd Cultural Summit, which will be held on Saturday, September 23, 2017; 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.  Admission is free.   

Inspired by the legacy of Douglas Redd, an iconic visual artist and co-founder of Ashé, local cultural workers, artists in all disciplines and their supporters, are invited to gather for the Summit. 

This year’s Summit will include Tri-centennial updates from the city, fact-sharing about the New Orleans vendor permitting process, plans of action moving forward and information about a tri-centennial kick-off event.  It is the continuation and culmination of two years of conversations and planning for 2018.

Last year’s event produced a “Collaboratory” where participants worked together to focus on cultural projects to be launched for the New Orleans Tri-centennial.  All “Collaboratory” members will be recognized at this year’s Summit, and mini-grants will be awarded to some.  The resulting projects are expected to make a powerful impact on the city in 2018 and beyond!

The Summit is sponsored by Efforts of Grace, Inc.  For more information and to join the movement, email babaluther@gmail.com or call Ashé at (504) 569-9070. The event is free and open to all artists and their supporters.  Visit www.ashecac.org for updates.

 

 

ABOUT DOUGLAS REDD

The Douglas Redd Cultural Summit is an important annual step in engaging the local arts community to participate in the growing cultural movement and economy that is emerging in New Orleans. “In Douglas Redd’s memory, many of us have decided to come together annually to make sure New Orleans rebuilds with a sense, regard and consideration for retaining its healing and generative culture, heritage and soul,” said Luther Gray, coordinator of the Summit.

Born in Baton Rouge, Douglas Redd was a groundbreaking artist who lived in New Orleans. He died on July 18, 2007.  Redd was accomplished in graphic arts, sculpture, wood cuts and jewelry making.  The self-proclaimed guardian of cultural symbols established Redd House in 1993, and produced a wide range of creative, customized graphic art and design work.  From 1977 to 2001 Redd was the design artist for the Congo Square Area of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and in 1995 he was commissioned to design the logo for the Essence Music Festival. 

Perhaps Redd’s most important work was a series of five installations known as “Efforts of Grace.” Celebrating the indomitable spirit of Africans and African Americans, the works were given a Cultural Olympiad Recognition Award and made part of the 1996 Olympics. In 1998, along with planner, writer and community activist Carol Bebelle, Redd founded and established the Ashé Cultural Arts Center in New Orleans. Redd served as associate and artistic director for the center until his death.

For media opportunities, contact Viola T. Blunt at (504) 813-9008 or violatjohnson@gmail.com.