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We invite our neighbors in the Tremé to get to know the museum by joining us for our monthly conversation series, where we serve calas, an old New Orleans tradition, uniquely prepared by a local chef.

Calas is a breakfast fritter mixed with cooked rice, flour, sugar, and spices, and then deep-fried. The word Calas was first printed in 1880, and is derived from African languages, such as the Nupe word kárá, or “fried cake.” African American street vendors sold fresh hot calas in the city’s French Quarter, with the familiar cry, “Calas, belles, calas tout chauds!”

Upcoming dates:

Tuesday October 15th 6-8pm featuring James B. Borders IV, Dread Scott, and chef Aiji Daste

Tuesday November 19th 6-8pm

Tuesday, December 17th 6-8pm

Photos by Malik Bartholomew of Phrozen Photography 

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Based in the culturally diverse and historic city of New Orleans, the mission of the New Orleans African American Museum is to preserve and further the culture and history of African Americans and the African diaspora.  In addition to developing exhibitions, the museum provides incubator programs like our Museum Takeover, an event series in which creatives can use the museum to investigate and create their own programming.  The New Orleans African American Museum offers its space and promotional support with the intention of strengthening the creative communities access to space.

Beginning in January 2019, the New Orleans African American Museum will be accepting proposals from organizations and individuals interested in using the museum’s buildings and/or grounds over the next six to eighteen months.  Due to limited capacity the New Orleans African American Museum will only host a limited number of events and will be promoted as Museum Takeover Events.

Email for the application or for more information.