André Cailloux Center for Performing Arts and Cultural Justice Open on Historic Bayou RoadBy Afton Wooten
The André Cailloux Center for Performing Arts and Cultural Justice will reside in the former St. Rose de Lima Church on Bayou Road in New Orleans.
Lauren E. Turner, Dr. David Robinson-Morris, and Dr. Robin G.Vander will lead the organization. Their vision is for the center to act as a “hub for performing arts and as a promoter of cultural justice for New Orleans-based organizations.” The site will house the predominantly Black-led performing arts organizations that have operated without having permanent performance space.
The André Cailloux Center for Performing Arts and Cultural Justice will provide a residency for three of the seven organizations they work with. All seven will have its own respective season.
In honoring the life and legacy of Union Army officer, André Cailloux (1825,) the center “seeks to render visible and disrupt institutionalized systems of oppression, to use storytelling and remembering as ways of honoring Black culture and reclaiming identity, and to promote self-determination in association with members of the New Orleans community.”