Arts for Kosair Kids at ACC

We are excited to announce that Americana Community Center is one of six local organizations benefiting from Kosair Charities’ Arts for Kosair Kids Initiative through the Fund for the Arts. This will bring a weekly arts residency to the youth at Americana Community Center through the form of a choir, which our youth are very excited about! Many of the students we work with are talented musicians and will be able to both improve and showcase their skills in the choir. The arts are a way for the youth we work with to express themselves, manage stress, and create healthy identities. Art can be especially therapeutic for youth who are new to the United States and are integrating into a new society while holding on to their cultural identity.

Thanks to Kosair Charities and the Fund for the Arts, #ArtIs in the hands of the Americana youth! Read more about this partnership at the Fund for the Arts website.

Shine!

Americana in the Brackets For Good Tournament!

What a success! Thanks for helping us move through two rounds of the Brackets for Good tournament! We raised over $850 during those two weeks with your help. Thanks for supporting Americana Community Center!


 

This March, Americana Community Center is part of Brackets for Good, a single-elimination, competitive fundraising tournament…with the chance to win $10,000! But we need your help.

Here’s how it works:

$1 donated to Americana Community Center on the Brackets for Good website = 1 point

More points scored than our opposition= Advancement to the next week-long round

All money donated to score points goes to Americana Community Center. And if we win the tournament, scoring more points than the other Louisville non-profits, we win $10,000!

 

The first round begins 2/27/15 and we can’t do this alone! We need you to spread the news,  follow the play-by-play on our Facebook page, and donate at louisville.bracketsforgood.org to help us win points!

Brackets for Good

Two Lives of Service

Jack Trawick recently wrote, with clarity and eloquence, about the death of Jim King, “I write to you now, knowing that there will be many tributes to Jim from his peers and from our city’s leaders, but perhaps fewer voices heard from the levels of the community that Jim touched most often during his years of public service and civic.”

Hundreds of people attended Jim King’s visitation—I know because I was there—and another multitude attended his funeral. This was as it should be for such a community leader.

Earlier this month on Sunday, January 11, I attended another celebration of life, that of Cecilia Stiegel.

Cecilia was for many years a force at Americana. She was a tireless volunteer, board member, Chair of the Board, coordinator of the Americana World Festival and a servant to many. It was under her leadership that we added the motto, Where Louisville Meets the World.

Few people attended her funeral. There were only the members of her church choir, her priest, her son and myself. I was the odd one there, no longer part of her everyday life.  Yet, it was an honor to see that her time at Americana and her service were honored as part of her life celebration.  I was proud to see a photo of us together at Americana along with other photos on display.

Cecilia and Jim will be missed in the Louisville community; two people from different social circles, different social classes, different connections and different power. Two people that touched directly and indirectly hundreds of lives by their service to others.

I have to wonder who among us will remember Cecilia and Jim in 3-4 years or maybe even 3-4 months.  Maybe we won’t remember, but I know that we all have a choice to honor their memories with our lives because every day is an opportunity to serve others.

Cecilia and Jim served others at all levels of our community often unnoticed and unsung, except by those whose lives they touched.  I am thankful for the impact of both their lives on my own, their support of the Americana Community Center, and their commitment to serve others.

Thank you, Cecilia and Jim!  May we all remember:

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” –Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cecilia Stiegel and Jim King dedicated their lives to service.
Cecilia Stiegel and Jim King dedicated their lives to service.

Shop well this year.

Want to buy gifts this holiday season that are ethically produced, locally made, and handcrafted?  Looking for presents to please the special people your life and make an impact on the lives of others?  If so, check out Americana Fiberworks!  We have a variety of beautiful, practical, and reasonably priced fiber arts products that are handmade by local refugee and immigrant women.    Each purchase supports not only the Fiberworks program, which provides a space for the women to learn new skills, practice English, and build a new social support network, but it also supports an individual woman and her family as they integrate into the Louisville community.

You can purchase Fiberworks products in a variety of ways:

  • Visit our store in Americana Community Center at 4801 Southside Drive.
  • Find us on Etsy under “ACC Fiberworks.”
  • Browse our products at the Fourth Presbyterian Church Holiday Craft Fair at 3016 Preston Highway from 9am-3pm on December 6th.
  • Come see us at Kaviar Forge and Gallery at 1718 Frankfort Avenue.  Americana Fiberworks will be featured during the Black Friday Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop on November 28th to celebrate the beginning of this exciting new partnership! (https://www.facebook.com/events/534427350035590/?fref=ts)

Here is just a sampling of the products that we have available:

Tote bags ($18-$25)

6 pocket bag black
This one has 6 pockets.

green dragonfly bag

hiam bag 1

elephant tote
Made with fabric from East Africa!

hiam bag 2

 

print tote

 

Purses ($25)

purse green

purse purple
Nothing is more convenient than purses that sling over your shoulder!

 

Dresses ($25)

anwar dress 1 edited w black

anwar dress 2 edited with black
Lightweight and comfortable.

 

 

Tie-dyed T-shirts ($12-$20)

tye dye tshirt green with spot

tye dye tshirt long sleeved
Shirts like these never go out of style.

tye-dye tshirt rainbow

 

Dyed fabric squares ($7-$15)

red blue green swirl fabric
You could use it as a blanket…
purple blue orange xs fabric
…or hang it decoratively on your wall…
red and blue circle fabric
…or wear it as a scarf…
yellow circle fabric
…or turn it into a superhero cape!

 

Crocheted hats ($5-$10)

crocheted hats
If this winter is anything like the last one, everyone will appreciate this gift!

 

Coil mat or wall hanging ($40-$50)

coil mat burned
So beautiful and intricate.

Tie-dyed totes ($8)

tye dye tote rainbow

tye dye tote pink and yellow
Tween girls love these!

 

Hand-dyed silk scarves ($15)

silk scarves
High-quality fabric.

 

Pillows ($5-$20)

pink pillow with fringe
This one has fun fringe.

 

red gold striped pillows
These would make a great set on a couch.
pig pillow
Yes, those are pigs on that pillow. AND it has pockets.
candy shaped pillow
Candy-shaped pillow!
pillow pile 2
A whole pile of pillows!

These are just some of the items we have for sale.  Be sure to visit us to see all of the handmade gifts we have available!  If you have any questions, please contact Justine Brunett at justine@americanacc.org.

snowflakes

24th Annual Winter Festival!

Many heartfelt thanks to the entire community for being part of our annual Winter Festival! You donated hats and gloves, toys for the teens and kids, your time decorating and helping at the event, and more. Volunteers and donations came from organizations all across Louisville–WAVE3, WHAS11, Humana, Mercy Academy, Legal Aid Society, Family Health Centers, Glenview Trust, the de Paul School, UPS, St. Margaret Mary, Bullitt East High School, St. X, and so many more! We could not have done it without you!

Thank you!
Thank you!

Americana’s 24th annual Winter Festival is a special evening for the families of Americana to get family portraits, play games, decorate cookies, and visit Santa. Nearly 500 participants will be part of this event on Friday, December 19th from 5:00pm-8:00pm, and we need your help!

We are looking for donations of gifts, hats, and gloves for the families to make this winter enjoyable for them!

All donations are tax-deductible.

 

Gift Guidelines:

  • New and unwrapped
  • For kids and youth ages 5-high school
  • Gift value no more than $10
  • No war-related or violent toys
  • No religious toys or books
  • Please include batteries if not provided
  • Please remove price tag
  • Drop off at Americana Community Center by December 17th

Gift Ideas:

  • Volleyballs, basketballs, soccer balls, sportwear
  • Flash drives, headphones, CD and MP3 players
  • Games (especially Connect 4 and chess)
  • Craft kits
  • Tubes of henna
  • Family-friendly DVDs
  • Purses, scarves, jewelry
  • Giftcards (i.e. iTunes and McDonald’s)
  • Barbie dolls and other dolls
  • Toy cars
  • Nail polish or make-up kits
  • Hats and gloves (for all ages!)

 

Interested in hosting a donation drive at your local school, business, or other organization? Feel free to do so! Contact heather@americanacc.org with any questions.

Interested in volunteering at the event? Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page for more information: http://americanacc.org/volunteer/volunteer-opportunities/ or email volunteering@americanacc.org.

 

Donations can be dropped off at the front office of Americana Community Center (4801 Southside Dr. Louisville, KY 40214) and will be accepted until December 17th. Call (502)366-7813 for more information.

Thank you for making our Winter Festival possible!
Thank you for making our Winter Festival possible!

The 24th Americana World Festival in Review

The Americana Community Center would like to thank each and every one of you for making this a memorable year!

This year we had amazing performances by The Monarchs, Appalatin, Swing ’39, Keltricity, Alma Gitana,The Afrophysicists, Patrick Stanley, Misha Feigin, Hot Brown Smackdown, Sipan, Flamenco Louisville, Louisville Old Time Square Association, Bhutanese Nepali Dancers, Ruric-Amari & Samovar Dance Co., and Al Hamsa Belly Dance.

The food vendors provided us with delicious food from all over the world. The craft vendors sold unique and lovely trinkets, instruments, housewares, and jewelry. Our community partners supplied attendees with very useful information about services they offer.  Lastly, I would like to thank the many volunteers who gave up their Saturday to help set up, take down, and work in the Kids Zone. The 24th Americana World Festival would not have been the same without all of you there, so thank you!

 

And thank you to Art Hoffman for putting together this lovely video of the festival. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24th Annual Americana World Festival!

The 24th annual Americana World Festival:

“Where Louisville Meets the World”℠ is a multicultural celebration held each summer.

The Americana Community Center would like to thank each and every one of you for making this a memorable year!

This year we had amazing performances by The Monarchs, Appalatin, Swing ’39, Keltricity, Alma Gitana,The Afrophysicists, Patrick Stanley, Misha Feigin, Hot Brown Smackdown, Sipan, Flamenco Louisville, Louisville Old Time Square Association, Bhutanese Nepali Dancers, Ruric-Amari & Samovar Dance Co., and Al Hamsa Belly Dance.

The food vendors provided us with delicious food from all over the world. The craft vendors sold unique and lovely trinkets, instruments, housewares, and jewelry. Our community partners supplied attendees with very useful information about services they offer.  Lastly, I would like to thank the many volunteers who gave up their Saturday to help set up, take down, and work in the Kids Zone. The 24th Americana World Festival would not have been the same without all of you there, so thank you!

 

And thank you to Art Hoffman for putting together this lovely video of the festival. Enjoy!

 

 

AWF 2014 Final Poster JPG

 

 

Images from past Americana World Festivals:

AWF 2013 072AWF 2013 native dancer

 

 

AWF 2012 Drumming

We hope you will join us for a fun day dedicated to the celebration of diversity!

 

To Get Involved

FOOD & EXHIBITOR VENDOR APPLICATIONS ARE  NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED FOR THIS YEAR’S FESTIVAL. 

If you are interested in volunteering at the festival, please contact volunteering@americanacc.org

To donate, please contact patricia@americanacc.org

To be a Sponsor, please contact heather@americanacc.org 

To be a Food Vendor, please contact alison@americanacc.org

To be a Community Partner or Vendor, please contact emilie@americanacc.org 

 

AWF 2014 Volunteer Invitation jpeg

Americana World Festival

Louisville, KY. April 07, 2014 – The twenty-fourth annual Americana World Festival: “Where Louisville Meets the World”℠ will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Americana World Festival is a free, family-oriented event that brings together members of the local community to share and celebrate the cultural heritages of the Louisville Metro community and the neighborhoods surrounding Americana Community Center.

Each year, festival-goers enjoy a full day of performances, food, and fun. Entertainment this year will include local favorites Appalatin,  and the The Monarchs. A Kids Zone will feature activities for children, such as face-painting, arts and crafts and games until 7 p.m. A variety of food and beverages will be sold by on-site vendors. International crafts and other goods will be available for purchase from local artists and vendors. Several community organizations and nonprofits will also be on-hand, as a service to the public. There will also be a raffle for a GRAND PRIZE of $1,500 cash. Raffle tickets cost $1 each and can be purchased in advance at participating ValuMarket locations and at the festival on the day of the event at the Americana booth. You do not need to be present to win.

In 2012, over 6,000 community members attended Americana World Festival, which has become an integral part of the international community’s experience in Louisville. Americana Community Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works with individuals and families from 96 different countries of origin and 36 Louisville Metro zip codes.

Americana Executive Director Edgardo Mansilla notes, “We are very happy to fulfill our commitment to work with the international and local community, providing a place where people can build relationships and connections from all over the globe. This is what makes our hometown a first-class city. We completely agree with Mayor Greg Fischer when he says that in order to be successful Louisville must embrace the international community.”

Help Americana Raise Money by Using GoodSearch

Help Americana raise money by doing what you do everyday!

1. GoodSearch: Help Americana by using GoodSearch as your search engine

GoodSearch is a search engine that donates 50% of its revenue to charities and schools designated by users. Every time you use GoodSearch you raise 1¢ for Americana, as long as you select us as your charity of choice. So far we have raised almost $500 by using GoodSearch!

Click here to sign up for GoodSearch:

http://www.goodsearch.com/

2. GoodShop: Help Americana by shopping online

If you are a frequent online purchaser, check out GoodShop (which is associated with GoodSearch) where a portion of the profits from the items you buy online can be donated to Americana.  The best part is, the whole process is so easy! Once you have signed up for GoodSearch, just go to http://www.goodsearch.com/goodshop.aspx, find and click on the retailer you are planning to make a purchase through, then shop from the website as you normally would.

Popular retailers who donate a portion of their sales include:

– Target

– Expedia

– Staples

– Amazon.com

– Office Depot

– Kohl’s

-Macy’s

– Gap

– J. Crew

and many, many more!

Don’t forget to designate Americana as your charity!