Dreaming in Color Art Exhibit

Dreaming in Color is an opportunity to encourage and support the immigrant, refugee, and underserved young people who participate in Americana’s Youth Program. They have been creating art, writing poetry, and preparing music for months and we’d like to show off their endless talent. Stop by for just a moment or stick around to see the show. Everyone is welcome. Better yet, we hope everyone will be there.


Fri, February 24, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM


TARC’s Union Station
1000 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40230
The event is free, but please RSVP here.


All donations will be given directly to Americana’s Summer Program, 7 weeks of education and enrichment activities during the summer for our young participants (K-12th grade). This program is free for more than 200 refugee and immigrant children where they are provided with three meals a day, educational workshops, English classes, and field trips.

There are more than 300 children enrolled in the Youth and Family Education Programs. They represent 20 countries, 15 zip codes, and 13 grades. And they all have a story. Are you listening?


Dooors open at 6:00PM. Performances will begin at 7:00PM. Hors d’oeuvres will be served from Common Table, a culinary training program through Catholic Charities. The event is free, but please note there will be a cash bar. Parking will be available behind the building.

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!”

Job Opportunities at Americana

Americana is a vibrant environment with a creative, innovative, and collaborative staff who are committed to the immigrants, refugees, and low-income individuals we serve. There are several opportunities for you to join our staff!

Serve at Americana as a VISTA This Summer!

We’re looking for awesome VISTA Summer Associates to work with our Summer Youth Program (SYP). 250 immigrant, refugee, and low-income K-12 youth will participate in this 7-week long summer program that uses fun and engaging activities to prevent summer learning loss and develop kids’ interests! SYP VISTAs will plan and lead the teen and elementary activities alongside Americana program staff.

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