Cultural Jambalaya News

Cultural Jambalaya was featured in the Star Tribune
Posted on 10 / 08 / 2018

Ethnic studies teacher Nate Beulah creates a no-judgment classroom

Beulah’s teaching gifts were recently honored with a 2018 Cultural Jambalaya Diversity Award. He talks about the award, and a classroom built on structure, discipline and love.

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HHS Responds student leaders to receive 2018 Diversity Award
Posted on 09 / 18 / 2018

Hopkins High student club gets community talking about tough topics

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Cultural Jambalaya was featured in the Star Tribune
Posted on 07 / 31 / 2016

“Videos from world travels open windows and minds.” Star Tribune business columnist Neal St. Anthony profiled Gail Shore and Cultural Jambalaya in the Star Tribune

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Windows & Mirrors: America - Thursday, September 22, 2016
Posted on 07 / 31 / 2016

*** RSVP by September 15, 2016 ***

Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

An evening to support Cultural Jambalaya’s award-winning online educational programming.

Metropolitan Ballroom
5418 Wayzata Blvd, Golden Valley, Minn.

Presented by | Delta

Featuring J.D. Steele and the MacPhail Community Youth Choir
With emcee Angela Davis, WCCO-TV anchor and reporter

6:00 p.m. — Social hour with cocktails and global foods, featuring the J.D. Steele Band
7:15 p.m. — Program, including a performance by J.D. Steele and the MacPhail Community Youth Choir

Tickets are $50 — RSVP by September 15
Reserve your tickets below, or contact James Peterson at 612-655-9075. For more information, email

Program: “I am …” (What’s your story?)
Cultural Jambalaya is expanding its educational programming to focus on America and the diverse cultural makeup of all Americans. Hear from those who stood here first and those coming to America today, and view a sneak peek of our next DVD, Windows & Mirrors: America, produced by Kevin May.

Music by: J.D. Steele and the MacPhail Community Youth Choir

J.D. Steele
Since arriving on the Minnesota music scene in the 1980s, J.D. Steele and his dynamic vocal siblings, “The Steeles,” have garnered every major music award and accolade the state has to offer. J.D. has written original musicals; collaborated with dance companies, theaters and operas; developed music workshops with students; and written, produced, performed and recorded with some of the world’s biggest stars, including Prince. J.D. serves as director of the MacPhail Community Youth Choir, which brings together energetic youth to perform many styles of music such as jazz, gospel, pop and East African.

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District 287 partners with Cultural Jambalaya to provide cultural education resources to more than 200 school districts
Posted on 03 / 01 / 2016

District 287’s award-winning collaboration provides digital curriculum, reaching hundreds of
thousands of students

Intermediate District 287, an education leader focused on innovative solutions for 12 member districts in the Twin Cities, has selected Cultural Jambalaya as a partner in its Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum (MPCC). The MPCC, a one-of-a-kind initiative in the United States, provides digital curriculum to more than 200 school districts in Minnesota and nationwide, reaching hundreds of thousands of students. We join other key partners, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, Department of Natural Resources and Minnesota Humanities Center.

This partnership is a huge opportunity for Cultural Jambalaya to extend our organization’s educational resources to teachers regionally and nationally. Our award-winning “Windows & Mirrors” series – also offered free online at – is used by educators to ignite curiosity with their students about our diverse world and its rich cultures. By broadening our world views, we can begin to break down cultural barriers and focus more on the similarities that bind us together as fellow human beings.

Teaching Traveling Feature
Posted on 06 / 05 / 2015

Cultural Jambalaya was featured in Teaching Traveling, a national education blog. Great exposure for Cultural Jambalaya with educators across the country.

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MinnPost: Gail Shore's photos offer Minnesota students a world view
Posted on 11 / 10 / 2014

Ideally, as kids prepare to move out into the world on their own and find a place in it, their educators, broadly defined, provide them with windows and mirrors. The windows so they can see the realities of others, the mirrors so that they see themselves and their own reality reflected.

Gail Shore has an astonishing knack for capturing images that serve as both. For 35 years, the Edina resident has traveled, on her own dime and in her spare time, to some of the most remote corners of the world alone, carrying a jar of Skippy and a camera with a single lens.

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Cultural Jambalaya on KARE 11 News
Posted on 11 / 10 / 2014

What if you could change cultural perception for the better one photograph at a time? That’s what Cultural Jambalaya founder has been doing for the last 9 years.

Gail joined KARE 11 News @ 4 to talk more about her travels and her national award-winning videos – offered without charge online.

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Minnesota Daily Highlights Cultural Jambalaya
Posted on 11 / 10 / 2014

From a pool of thousands of photos from one woman’s traveling experiences over more than three decades comes a series of educational movies that aims to spur dialogue about global citizenship between Minnesota’s youngest scholars.

Now, members of the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development are investing their time in the multimedia project that provokes discussions on international topics of civics, current events, geography and humanities.

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Cultural Jambalaya on WCCO
Posted on 10 / 09 / 2014

Gail Shore on WCCO Radio with John Williams talking about
her travels and what Cultural Jambalaya can bring to the classroom! 
Listen here.