Carol Bebelle is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, an initiative of Efforts of Grace, Inc. (EOG). Ashé is a 18,200-square-foot, multi-use facility located on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard in the heart of the historic Central City section of New Orleans. The building houses two halls and twenty-nine apartments. 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). The work of EOG has been supported by private and public funders as well as by contributions from individuals. Additional funding is sought to support both ongoing programs and new initiatives.