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Being Me: A Morning of Empowerment

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Registration for the Lower 9th Ward Dolls is Now Open

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Dance Forever! Conference with Latanya D. Tigner

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About

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Ese Ne Tekrema |The Teeth & The Tongue
The  Adinkra Symbol of Friendship, Interdependence and Strength in Unity

The mission of Tekrema Center for Art and Culture is the maintenance, development and perseverance of African and African Diaspora art and culture through the performing and visual arts, humanities and programming addressing issues which affect the African-American community, particularly wellness and environmental justice.

Founded in 2000 by Attorney Greer Goff Mendy, the principal activities of Tekrema are the creation, acquisition, preservation, and research of arts; the advancement of knowledge through arts education, training and research in the arts; and the dissemination of these resources through presentations, exhibitions, publications, and public lectures. Tekrema Center is an artist-driven organization, where professional artists are integral in programming and service to the community.

The Lower 9th Ward Dolls

The Lower 9th Ward Dolls

The Lower 9th Ward Dolls is a dance team that continues Tekrema’s tradition of excellence. An ensemble of young dancers, ages 7 – 14, they are smart, sassy and beautiful. Under the direction of Greer Goff Mendy, the young dancers are trained in jazz, ballet, African dance, hip-hop and more. The Lower 9th Ward Dolls promise the best in dance team performances that are age appropriate in routines and attire.

A Beautiful Place

A Beautiful Place

A Beautiful Place  is the environmental programming arm of Tekrema Center for Art and Culture.  Its mission is to assert the rights of political, economic, cultural and environmental self-determination of Lower 9th Ward residents through projects that advance ethical and environmentally responsible practices. It initial objective is simple. To date, Tekrema has cleaned and maintained two vacant, overgrown lots that were declared as blight. Watch us grow!

A Night in Dakar

A Night in Dakar

As the annual fundraiser for the Tekrema Center for Art and Culture, A Night in Dakar celebrates  our work to preserve Black arts and culture and while working to raise much needed funding to support capital improvements and annual programming. It recognizes the country of Dakar as it is the first African country that Tekrema members organized and visited. (more…)

A Call to Action

A Call to Action

A Call to Action, Tekrema’s male mentoring program, consists of three components that focus on the holistic development of young men of color: Training to help develop new, culturally based perspectives on mentoring young African-American men; Character Development that promotes advancement of personal achievements for the benefit of the individual, family, community and nation; and Rites of Passage that provides in-depth education/training on historical analyses of African history (past and present) African-American history (from the 1500’s to the present) culminating in tours of the National Civl Rights museum and other historical sites in Birmingham, historically black colleges and universities and one West African country.

Leadership

Greer Goff Mendy

Greer Goff Mendy

Greer E. Mendy, Founder and Executive Director of Tekrema Center for Art and Culture, was born and educated in New Orleans, Louisiana in the Lower 9th Ward. She trained in dance extensively at The Ailey School, Steps on Broadway, Djoniba African Dance Center, Dance Place and with the Kankoran West African Dance Company. She has studied traditional and contemporary dance in Cote d’Ivore, The Gambia, Rwanda, Senegal, Haiti and Guadeloupe. Her dance mentors are Barbara Martin of New Orleans and Lynn Williams Rouzier of Haiti. She maintains her skills through continual study abroad and in New Orleans. (more…)

Robert Green, Sr.

Robert Green, Sr.

Tekrema Center board member Robert Green became a national symbol of the tragedy and triumph left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He lost his mother and granddaughter to the ensuing flood waters caused by the levy breach that swept away his Tennessee Street home and dealt with the subsequent bureaucracy so many Lower 9th Ward residents faced in trying to recover their lost love ones. He was one of the first homeowners of Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation, with his new home standing adjacent to the front porch of the house he lost, a sole reminder of the storm’s devastation.

Nikki Radicalone Napoleon

Nikki Radicalone Napoleon

A graduate of Southern University at New Orleans, board member Nikki Radicalone Napoleon is a Poet and Community Activist whose passion is mentoring young people, from ensuring they are equipped for college to providing prom dresses and raising awareness of HIV.

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Tekrema Center for Art and Culture
5640 Burgundy Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
(504) 943-9779

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