Carol Bebelle

Carol Bebelle is a native New Orleanian. She received her BA from Loyola University in Sociology and her M.Ed. in Education Administration from Tulane University. After spending over 20 years in the public sector as an administrator and planner of education, social, and health programs, she embarked in 1990 on a path of independence by establishing Master Plan Development Associates (MPDA), a consulting firm that offered planning, development, and grant writing services to social, cultural, education, and religious human service programs and initiatives. MPDA clients also included entrepreneurs and artists. Bebelle has published several articles and essays on the importance of community-based cultural work in the innercity and after disasters. She is also a published poet with a book and several anthologies to her credit. In 1998, Bebelle and Douglas Redd founded Ashé Cultural Arts Center, a pivotal strategy and force for the revitalization and transformation of Oretha Castle-Haley Boulevard, in Central City New Orleans. On this boulevard, Ashé has helped to create a vision for a cultural corridor with African and Caribbean culture as the theme. The corridor is the heart of a community vision of revitalization to which Ashé, Bebelle ,and Redd have become central features.

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