March, 2018- A Month in Review
by: Brandon Curran: NOHC Marketing and Events Manager
The New Orleans Healing Center has had a busy March! We were excited to kick off spring with some engaging building-wide festivals and initiatives and support our silos (tenants) growth and development to serve the community in ways like never before. We continue to focus our growth into three main categories: Public & Community Health, Local Arts & Culture and Diversity & Inclusion. Below are a few ways we have achieved these various goals in March.
Public and Community Heath
We have been thrilled to see AHA! Affordable Healing Arts grow to new heights. This eclectic group consists of mental and physical health practitioners who run their own practice at affordable rates. Four new practitioners recently joined including:
- Manning Hudson | Acupuncture
- Works on combining acupuncture, cupping, herbal remedies and essential oils to create a unique system of healing
- Rueben Carter, DC | Chiropractor | Integrative Spine Care & Wellness
- Focuses on chiropractic work without the use of drugs or surgeries and accepts most major health insurances, auto liability, worker’s compensation and Medicare.
- Daniel Goodman, DC | Chiropractor | Get Real Chiropractor
- Practices Upper Cervical Care which uses free interference in the brain stem to increase nerve transmission and expedite the healing process
- Samantha Smith | Massage Therapist | Zazie’s Bodywork
- Works with western and eastern philosophies of energy work and massage
In addition to gaining new practitioners, AHA! Affordable Healing Arts continues to grow their group/ sliding scale classes to teach their modalities of healing to the community in an affordable and approachable way to breakdown barriers to different health practices. These classes include:
- Healing 101 Classes
- Focuses on healing with sound and the spirit of the planet to deepen individual mindfulness
- Health and Harmony in Your Hands
- Guided Meditation & Self-Help thru Jin Shin Jyutsu
Additionally, to AHA! Affordable Healing Arts, The New Orleans Healing Center was very excited to support The New Orleans Food Co-op through many different initiatives to continue to bring affordable and local food and goods to the community. These programs included: revamping their produce selection by creating more partnerships with local farms, starting a weekly Produce Sidewalk Sale to engage neighbors to shop locally and by hosting a weekly ‘Co-op Unplugged’ series every Tuesday night to allow shoppers to make groceries while listening to some local music.
The New Orleans Healing Center additionally looked to meet unmet concerns in the public health sector of the St. Roch/St. Claude community. Unfortunately, due to the recent opioid epidemic, drug use and possible overdoses are becoming more common in the community. The Healing Center was very proud to partner with Metropolitan Community Health to offer a free Narcan (opioid-reversal drug) training class. This workshop taught community members how to support someone who is overdosing and possibly save a life. The Healing Center is proud to continue to support programs like this and host various Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous groups to serve the health of the community.
Local Arts and Culture
The New Orleans Healing Center was thrilled to produce and organize The Seventh Annual New Orleans Sacred Music Festival! This year’s festival brought together 1,500 community members to our space for a free music festival with over 20 different musical acts of all faiths and backgrounds. Specifically, we introduced some new artists and collaborations including: The New Orleans Zen Temple, Ashana Sophia, Michael Skinkus, The International School of Louisiana and The Affordable Healing Arts’ very own Amelie Prescot. Additionally, we kicked off the festival with a St. Roch Peace Walk which brought together many influential community groups together to take a stand against violence. We even procured a ‘Nick Walker’ original Vandal Painting piece to showcase his internationally-known art at The Healing Center and allow the St. Claude arts community to continue to grow and become better known. During this tumultuous political and social time, The New Orleans Sacred Music Festival shines a little brighter to bring so many groups of people of all backgrounds together to celebrate, learn and get funky with one another. We continue to be better together.
In addition to supporting the arts during New Orleans Sacred Music Festival, The Healing Center decided to bring onboard well-known local photographer, Charles Lovell, to run our Second Story Art Gallery. Charles first came to The Healing Center in December with PhotoNOLA and was impressed by how open and inclusive The Healing Center is for people of all backgrounds to appreciate various artforms. Charles is looking to revamp the gallery to better support the current cooperative members, expand membership and create strategic partnerships throughout the city.
This month’s showing from long-term members, Cynthia Ramirez and Gina Laguna, drew great interest and attention by touching on the current political climate. Laguna created dynamic and abstract art sculptures with a feminist twist. Ramirez used different medians to showcase articles of clothing found along the Mexican-American border to highlight concerns with the current administration. The Healing Center is excited to work with Charles Lovell and highlight beautiful shows like this and bring a high level of art to all community members.
Diversity and Inclusion
As part of out ongoing Daring Discussion Potluck and Conversation series, we brought community members out to discuss a very topical subject; sexism. It allowed people of all genders a chance to come out and discuss how sexism is affecting them in their everyday lives and steps they can take to overcome it. In particular, the conversation allowed men the ability to listen and discuss ways that they can support the #metoo movement in their own lives.
The Healing Center was also proud to house Casa De Espana and support their mission to bring people together by breaking down language barriers. They recently kicked off their spring Spanish and English as a Second Language classes that helps break down language and cultural barriers in New Orleans at an affordable rate.