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Help The Ray Charles Program Educate The Next Generation!

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The Dillard University Ray Charles Program in African American Material Culture mission is to research, document, disseminate and preserve the culinary patrimony and material culture of African Americans in New Orleans and the South. Material culture refers to the physical objects, resources, and spaces that people use to define their culture.

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Every culture has rich traditions that are passed down from generation to generation. Here at the Dillard University Ray Charles Program we encourage our students to learn more about the rich traditions of the South by exposing them to the arts and its cultural bearers. We are building a program that creates cultural economies and careers for future generations.

Help Us Prepare the Next Generation for Careers in Food and the Arts!

We need your financial support to help us build and sustain programming that prepares students for careers in food and the arts. Our goal is to help students see value in culture and how it is integrated in every aspect of mainstream culture. With an intensive co-curricular project based program that prepares students to be global citizens, the Ray Charles Program invites interested students to enter into non-traditional careers in food journalism, photography and film, research, museum studies, curatorial projects, business and policy. We offer diverse programming throughout the academic year to students, faculty, staff, researchers and the community. Please make a gift today! Your donation will help support activities like:

  • Cooking Demos
  • Lectures (Dr. Rudy Joseph Lombard Lecture Series)
  • Academic Conferences
  • Research
  • Project Based Learning (Film, Journalism, Photography, Culinary Arts, Research)
  • Artists and Scholars in Residence
  • Mentorship/Internship Opportunities
  • Community Service Learning
  • Community Outreach
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Partnership Opportunities

A Dillard University Ray Charles Program Student Project