Programs

Collaborative & Innovative

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The Giving Tree is a day of giving. Various items such as new clothing, art works, baby items, household goods, books, gift cards, etc. are openly displayed. Community members come in to choose one item and a boxed food item. It is symbolic of love, respect, generosity, and kindness. No explanation is needed. 

The Giving Tree

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Honoring Our Ancestors is a free community meal open to the public. Community members come to sit, eat and share a relaxed experience with their family and friends. Honoring Our Ancestors is offered quarterly. It is an offering of our reverence to our ancestors and our humanity - Tekrema’s cultural values. 

Honoring Our Ancestors

The Giving Tree is a day of giving. Various items such as new clothing, art works, baby items, household goods, books, gift cards, etc. are openly displayed. Community members come in to choose one item and a boxed food item. It is symbolic of love, respect, generosity, and kindness. No explanation is needed. 

The Giving Tree

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Honoring Our Ancestors is a free community meal open to the public. Community members come to sit, eat and share a relaxed experience with their family and friends. Honoring Our Ancestors is offered quarterly. It is an offering of our reverence to our ancestors and our humanity - Tekrema’s cultural values. 

Honoring Our Ancestors

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Maafa Commemoration

Maafa is a Swahili term that means "Great Disaster". It specifically pays homage to the chronological period of time between 1525 and 1866 when 12.5 million Africans were captured, enslaved and transported on slave-ships bound for North America, the Caribbean and South America and the millions lost during the European Trans-Atlantic Slave Voyages. The commemoration features a juried art exhibit for youth. This year Tekrema will present a public ceremony at the Mississippi River in the Lower 9th Ward.

The Doma's Table

The DOMA’s Table is a storytelling contest. All stories must be original and no longer than five minutes. The participant age categories are 6 - 11 years old, 12 - 17 years old, and 18 years old - adults. Cash prizes are awarded ranging from $400, $200 and $100 for adults and $100, $50 and $25 for youth. Community performance artists serve as judges.

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Tekrema Center announces its 3rd open-call for local artists, ages 7 – 17, to submit their work for a juried art exhibition commemorating The Maafa as part of its Black History Celebration on Saturday, February 5, 2022. The works will be exhibited on Saturday, February 5 from 10 AM to 2:00 PM at the Andrew “Pete” Sanchez Center, 1616 Caffin Avenue. 
The winning artist will receive a $200 monetary award, with the second and third place artists receiving $100 and $50 respectively. 
There are ten categories to choose for submission. Please follow the simple but ethical guidelines.

Exhibit Guidelines and Rules
An Original Work of Art must be the result of the submitting artist’s ORIGINAL CONCEPT, DESIGN AND EFFORT; i.e., only the creating artist physically controls, directs, and manipulates every element of his/her original concept & design.
COPIES of existing art or artwork made by using another artist’s concept and design will not qualify or be considered for an award.
 

Category Descriptions
Category A: Oil/Acrylic
Category B: Watercolor/Acrylic
Category C: Pastels
Category D: Drawing
Category E: Mixed Media
Category F: Photography
Category G: Digital Art

Category H: Abstract/Experimental/Non-Objective

Category I: Sculpture
Category J: Studio Fine Crafts

To apply, email TekremaCenter@gmail.com. Please provide the artist’s name and
age, parent’s contact, and name and category of work. The deadline is January 31,
2022.

Maafa Commemoration Logo Design Contest  

Open to Youth Artists and Inspired Youth Community Members 

Tekrema Center for Art and Culture is looking for branding ideas for its Youth Program. Tekrema  Center is seeking talents from our community who can design a creative, innovative and  professional logo design as the visual identity of Tekrema’s mission and purpose. Please read the  details regarding logo design, contest rules & submission requirements.

Logo Contest Official Rules


The object of this contest is to design a logo for Tekrema Center for Art and Culture Youth
Program. Tekrema offers classes in dance, The Maafa Commemoration Visual Art Exhibit, and
writing workshops which culminate in The DOMA’s Table, a storytelling contest.