Introduction to Cultural Jambalaya 

About Cultural Jambalaya

Jambalaya, a 501(c)(3) Minnesota-based nonprofit, is a volunteer-run
organization that uses international cultural photography to promote
understanding and respect for all people. Cultural Jambalaya’s videos use
photography as a creative teaching tool for educators in the classroom to
broaden world views of students by illustrating our diverse cultural
backgrounds. Cultural Jambalaya also works with multicultural businesses and
organizations as part of their diversity initiatives, and marketing or employee


Cultural Jambalaya
was founded by Gail Shore, who has had the privilege of traveling
internationally for over 40 years. Gail’s self-funded, solo treks take her
primarily to countries whose cultures are influenced by their unique
traditions, including their religions. For years, she has felt an urgency to
explore places whose fragile, native cultures and environments are in jeopardy.
Most often, her journeys include third-world countries that have ambitious
plans to further their economic development. But as these countries modernize,
they are also at risk of losing parts of their cultural identities, traditions
and rituals.

As Gail explores
these regions, she has the opportunity to spend time with local people, sample
their daily lifestyle and participate in their rich traditions. She wants to
capture an interesting image that is representative of a place that most people
will probably never visit. Then, she wants others to learn something about
other people and places they might not have known.

Cultural Jambalaya
believes the more we know about each other’s history, culture, and religion,
the more understanding we can become of our differences.

Cultural Jambalaya’s “Windows & Mirrors” Educational Video Series; Teaching Tools Widening World Views of Students

Jambalaya’s award-winning, educational videos for teachers, “Windows &
Mirrors,” includes global images and narratives highlighting fascinating
people and intriguing cultures. Supported by an online study guide, the videos are a resource for teachers to engage students in a variety of subjects, including
social studies, geography, history, diversity and language.

 Learn More

For schools, businesses and organizations interested in learning more about Cultural Jambalaya, please contact:

Contact Information

Gail Shore, Executive Director
(612) 770-4106