Garden Expansion Grand Opening

Join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening of a new community garden and support a collaborative group of international growers!

12:00 Yoga at the Gardens in partnership with Waterfront Botanical Gardens

1:00 Groundbreaking Ceremony with Mayor Greg Fischer and blessings of the ground by the Kirundi and Chin communities

1:30 Work alongside the gardeners and help spread the first layer of compost!

Americana World Community Center and Common Earth Gardens have partnered to make this long-vacant, 2-acre space available for use by the refugee and immigrant community. With the support of both organizations, over 100 prospective gardeners have come together to create a shared vision for this space as well as a unique system of communal management to ensure the sustainability of this project.

What to bring:
-Yoga mat or towel
-Sturdy and comfortable shoes
-Gloves (if you have them)
-5 gallon buckets (if you have them)

Where we will be:
Feel free to park in Americana’s parking lot! The new garden space is located directly behind Americana’s soccer field on Kenwood Way.

Snacks and refreshments will be available for volunteers!

Spotlight on Melodie Hardison: January’s Volunteer-of-the-Month

Our volunteers are amazing. We couldn’t do this work without their help. Every month, we’d like to highlight one of our volunteers and say a very special thank you.

For January, we’d like to say a very big THANK YOU to Melodie Hardison who came every week to teach a Zumba class. The amount of joy that came from this class was powerful. We appreciate all you’ve done, Melodie.

Melodie gets a group of elementary students moving (and laughing!) with Zumba.

A message from our volunteer-of-the-month: “Hi, my name is Melodie Hardison and it has been my pleasure to volunteer as a Zumba instructor at Americana Community Center. I have been teaching Zumba for about a year now and attending classes for 3 years. I am also in my 8th year as an elementary educator. Currently, I am teaching for the Compassionate Schools Project at Gilmore Lane Elementary School. Through Zumba, I have been able to help my students learn new genres of dance, such as Cumbia, Salsa, Reggaeton, Merengue, and Soca. We also practice balance and coordination, but most of all we have fun without any judgment or pressure. I have enjoyed my time with the children of Americana and I hope to work with the Center in future endeavors! Thank you for the opportunity!”

Fiberworks Is Back!

After a brief hiatus, Fiberworks is back! We are pleased to welcome our new Fiberworks Artist Coordinator, Rasha Hassan, to the program and staff. Rasha has lived in the United States for 14 years and brings many artistic skills to the position from Iraq. Rasha will lead this woman’s arts and educational group to help immigrants integrate into our society. Women share their interest and talents in Fiberworks and use their final pieces of art to sell to the general public to add financial support for their families. Final pieces will include many types of art, whether crochet, knits, quilts, or sewn masterpieces, there will be a lot of ways to express talent and, at the same time, have fun. Conversations during the meetings will also help members to practice their English-speaking skills.

Women members will be able to showcase and sell their finished art pieces at numerous fairs, festivals, and other venues. Women are invited to join the group on Fridays from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and on Saturdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm.

We need volunteers to help with childcare on Saturdays from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Volunteers should have experience working with kids and preference will be given to women for the comfort of Fiberworks participants.

Volunteer at Americana during Tax Season

Make a difference for refugees, immigrants, and low-income community members as a volunteer during tax season at Americana with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program!

Are you good with computers?

Do you want to help Americana?

Would you like to learn a new skill?


Volunteer Opportunities:

TAX-PREPARER: Prepare individual federal and state tax returns, help individuals understand their tax returns, answer important tax questions, provide quality service to participants

GREETER: Welcome and interview participants, make sure they have a good experience, help coordinate schedules


Email Nic for more information at
Or go to, or call (502) 814-2715


Annual Winter Festival

Americana’s 25th annual Winter Festival is a special evening for the families of Americana to get family portraits, play games, decorate cookies, and visit Santa. Over 300 children and their families will be part of this event on Friday, December 16th from 5:00pm-8:00pm, and we need your help!


Here’s how you can help:

Donate toys, hats, and gloves

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

Host a donation drive

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

Volunteer at the event

We need volunteers to make this event possible! If you’re interested in volunteering (Dec 14-16th), please sign up here. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Lauren Gottworth at


Volunteer at the Americana World Festival

We are looking for high-energy volunteers to help with a 2-hour shift (or more!) during the 26th Americana World Festival on June 4th, 2016 at Iroquois Amphitheater!

Volunteers will help with set-up, tear down, the Americana booth, or kids’ activities. If you’re planning to come to the festival, consider helping out for a couple hours, as well. This is a great opportunity for volunteer groups!


Fill out the following Google form to volunteer.




Run the World 5K to Support Americana’s Summer Youth Program

Get out and run our annual Run the World 5K fun run/walk at dusk to support Americana Community Center! This dusk run will be on Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at 7:30pm during the Americana World Festival. The race is timed and will be on an open course through Iroquois Park.

The Americana World Festival celebrates cultures from around the world – and across the Bluegrass – with live music, local and international cuisine, uncommon goods, crafts and more. The festival kicks off at 1pm and will go until 10pm. Come enjoy the fun before the race and join the German American Club in a post-race gathering in the Biergarten.

Race Info 

$30 registration until race day, $35 on the day of the race. Groups of 5+ can register for $25/person. Registration includes: Americana World Festival t-shirt, a beer ticket for ages 21+, prizes for top finishers, snacks and water at the finish line. Register here:

Packet pick-up will take place the day of the race beginning at 1pm. Parking is available at Iroquois Park.

Support Americana’s Summer Youth Program

All proceeds support Americana Community Center’s Summer Youth Program, providing fun and engaging activities for 7 weeks during the summer to more than 200 refugee and immigrant youth to prevent summer learning loss. It costs $290 for us to provide programming to one child. Last year, there were over 50 youth on the waiting list. You can help get kids off the waiting list and into the program by registering for the race and sharing with friends and family.

For more information, contact Clare at (502)366-7813 or

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A participant in the Summer Youth Program smiles with the healthy smoothie he made during a nutritious cooking class. All race registration proceeds support youth like this!


Not interested in running? Volunteer during the 5K to direct runners along the course, help with packet pick-up, or run a water station. Volunteers are needed from 6:30pm-9:30pm on June 4th. Learn more here:

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 with any questions.

Interested in volunteering at the event? Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page for more information: or email


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!