The "Cultural Heritage Association" is a
501(C) 3 non-profit organization is one that preserves the culture and history of West Tennessee and beyond, we provide a variety of community-based and educational services that empower uplift and support all people, families, businesses and local authorities. Our vision is to compel “each one to reach one” to make our neighborhoods and communities better and safer, in West Tennessee and throughout America. We value integrity, respect all people, foster independence; and our goal is to strive for excellence and bring
UNITY Back into the Community.
“Put Unity Back into Community”
Music has and always will be an important part of our culture. One of the focal points of The West Tennessee Cultural Heritage Association (WTCHA) is to keep music alive. With that being said “The Denise LaSalle Summer Music Camp” that took place June 4th -15th 2018 ,on the campus of Lane College was a huge success! The camp was an introduction to the opening of “The Denise LaSalle Blues Academy of Performing Arts” scheduled to open in September (tentatively). The academy will be located at 718 North Highland Avenue, Jackson, Tennessee in the old Red Cross building.
This venture will allow the youth or our community the opportunity to study blues, gospel, jazz, country music and many other forms of art as the academy progresses. With so many young people in jeopardy, we feel that providing this opportunity will be a public service as well; as it benefits the youth and our community. The “Queen of the Blues Denise LaSalle” would have been honored to have her name and successful career associated with this venture, as this was a lifelong dream of Denise’s to open this academy. This historical building will be a place for many visitors to come to explore and enjoy our city and all it has to offer.
We would sincerely appreciate your help in making this project a reality for everyone now and in the future. We are asking for monetary donations as well as instruments and supplies to help get the academy open and to help complete our mission of giving back to our youth and community.
The Denise LaSalle Blues Academy
The City of Jackson and its surrounding counties suffers severely from gang violence, random crime in our neighborhoods, and the absence of adequate programs that sustain pride in our youth.
There is also a high demand from business and education leaders, for our organization to promote unity between the various sectors of society. One of our main focal points is to provide services that empower, uplift and support all people, families, businesses and local authorities. Throughout our city, illicit drug activity is prevalent and tend to dominate our schools and campuses.
Reports indicate that domestic violence, and offenses committed by juveniles, is continually on the rise, despite the positive economic outlook. Local officials and law enforcement define these problems as priorities. We must also mention how significantly that substance abuse raises major crime. The problem of substance abuse denies our children the emancipation they deserve. The opioid epidemic is just one social concern among many that is cited in connection with other crime and disorder problems. By the same token, juvenile related vices are rated among the top issues in local and state social problems. Throughout his campaign and in his first weeks as President, Donald Trump pledged to reduce crime and violence. WE stand with him and we intend to tap into resources that will reduce recidivism, drug dependency, and the revolving door or incarceration.
WTCHA strives to create a better world. To promote a pathway for progress, prosperity and success. To reduce recidivism, of those incarcerated in American jails. To re-tool the minds captured by the ills of drugs and degradation. On our own terms we have our brand of Community Reinvestment Act, which is to promote physical and mental fitness for sustained work force in America. To promote racial tolerance because we are one big race that "God created", that is the Human race. So, let’s get busy because "Unity Starts with you".
Our proposed solution
The WTCHA Violence Prevention Community Improvement Strategy Identified priority issues are:
These issues serve as starting points for the WTCHA in the preparation of this multi-year strategy. We have solicited from other professionals the analysis of crime trends and the input from criminal justice professionals indicated the same issues continue to constitute the most conspicuous serious crime problems throughout the state. The Leaders of the WTCHA have partnered with the local school board to make guest appearances and public speaking engagements to speak to our youth and encourage them to think positive, strive for excellence and strive to build strong relationships with all students and faculty. We have purchased Billboards that are strategically located around the city to help promote “Unity in our Community”. Additionally we have produced a television commercial to be played on all local TV stations and surrounding counties. WTCHA has been called upon by CNN to begin an ad campaign using
Mr. James E. Wolfe Jr as the spokesperson.
The West Tennessee Cultural Heritage Association is a nonprofit agency providing mentoring programs for middle and high school youth in the Greater Jackson area. The program will form partnerships with local school districts around Madison County and the juvenile court systems throughout Tennessee and the possibly the U.S.A. The West Tennessee Cultural Heritage Association’s goal is to foster a commitment to young people that will promote pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and anti-bullying and reassert a sense of hope in the future. Through personal relationships, a sense of individual responsibility may be re-established. We hope that our coaching will give youth the commitment to follow through on path to adulthood with a sense of pride and accomplishment.