About The Foundation
‘Asante’ is the Swahili word for ‘Thank You.’
Much of the world dances to New Orleans’ indigenous music, feasts on our recipes, and relishes our arts. Since 2008, the Asante Foundation has been celebrating the contributions made by citizens — both famous and unsung — to the African-American community and culture that are the backbone of New Orleans’ international reputation.
Through heritage festivals, media initiatives, and the annual Asante awards, we seek to build pride in our city and ourselves.