2101 Orleans Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70116

Historic Carver Theater

October 17, 2019




New Orleans, LA – The Historic Carver Theater announced today the selection of FION Productions LLC as its new Community Growth contractor. In this capacity, FION Productions, LLC, will oversee the Historic Carver Theater’s community growth strategies, viable business development opportunities and beneficial community partnership activities.   Led by managing partner Kimberly Dilosa, FION Productions LLC is tasked with increasing local and national exposure of the Historic Carver Theater via innovative partnerships, events and custom programming.  “I’m ecstatic about the growth that will result for the Historic Carver Theater as a result of this new partnership with FION Productions LLC!” Dr. Eugene Oppman, owner of the Historic Carver Theater.  For more information, contact Historic Carver Theater general manager Misty Frye at 504-304-0460.

About FION PRODUCTIONS, LLC:  FION Productions LLC is a philanthropic event production firm born out of the community work of Kimberly Dilosa.  Kimberly Dilosa has over 25 years of grassroots community development experience in the area of youth development.  FION Productions LLC is a result of Kim Dilosa’s work as an inaugural Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership fellow (2014-2017).  Dilosa is an award winning community event producer including: the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana Angel Award, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Gulf Coast leadership award and the New Orleans Saints Community Quarterback award.

About THE HISTORIC CARVER THEATER:  Built in 1950 and recently renovated in 2014, the Carver Theater is New Orleans’ premiere live music venue featuring the city’s best jazz, big band, blues, brass and more, along with a variety of top touring regional and national acts. The 16,000-square foot music and entertainment venue is located in the heart of the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans and boasts a unique combination of history, character and high-tech, modern amenities to elevate any experience—whether a music show, corporate event, wedding reception, film debut or stage play.

For more information about FION Productions LLC contact Kimberly Dilosa at 504-473-4602 or fionproductions@gmail.com

FION Productions LLC is a multimedia machine dedicated to creating platforms that allow the untold stories of African American success be told.

A native of New Orleans, who left her beloved New Orleans to spend twenty years of living in the land of Minnesota Not So Nice. Minnesota was full of opportunities but would learn that the soul of the state and the people who made it was just as icy cold as the temperatures. After the years and my 40th birthday flew by, I decided it was time to pack up my youngest child and come back to my roots, my birthplace the city that not only birthed me but gave me life. I would not be who I am without my New Orleans beginnings. I am all things that would challenge the belief of growing up in New Orleans. I was a 16yr old teen mother of a premature baby born with a severe medical disability. And only With the help of my mother, was it possible for me to BE! I was able to endure and survive the obstacles laid before my child and me. In a city that was built by my family, but did not allow for us to reap the benefits I overcame. Charity Hospital was my second home — a building filled with miracle workers who made it possible for my daughter to have life. I have lived a life of rainy days with peeks of sunshine, that are my children, including those not of my womb. I'm the proud mother of three and a grandmother of three. My dream was to live the life of the nursery rhyme of ”The Old Lady Who lived in a shoe,” and for the most part, I did. I cared for several children over the years as a special needs foster parent. I would learn that my love was not enough for some children, but I loved them through their pain. I'm not sure if I ever had a case of true love or came close to what love looks like on television, but I had my share of men and the mirage of love. I survived two abusive marriages. Though I longed to return to New Orleans on a daily bases, I must admit my move was one of the best decisions made for me. I am a college graduate; I was a successful entrepreneur. I coowned a soul food restaurant and catering company in Minnesota for 12 years. I developed the talent of creating custom cakes after the murder of my beloved cousin Melvin Paul. He survived Katrina only to go to Minneapolis six months later to be murdered over a parking spot dispute. But with the challenge of creating a simple wedding cake, I was able to find healing. I created the House of Cakes in honor of him. Minnesota life had me pretty materialistic. I worked to the point I do not remember much, but work and handing my children love money. I thought by having the big house on the hill, a husband, having a family, the ultimate provider and being involved in all things that matter, plus having the funds to match would cure me of what I was told was a generational curse of lack of everything from money, love to even self-love. But for the most part, that life poisoned my heart and soul. I was blinded by visions fed to me by the media. I was told I wasn't anything unless I was better than the Jones's. I lived being ok with a broken, bleeding heart. Life like this did not exist in my family while living in New Orleans from what I viewed with my eyes and soul. We may not have had all the things I acquired over the years, but we were happy, we were together. Family outside of New Orleans wasn't family anymore. We lived separate lives and had awkward moments when we bumped into each other in public. I hated living in Minnesota even though life their helped me in so many ways. I felt deep down the only way to repair it was to get back to my roots, my soul, my home, myself, my New Orleans. I'm here, and I love it. Even being in the so-called Blighted Area of New Orleans and not having all the financial and material security, I'm happy. I am determined that She, yes, New Orleans is a woman is just like me; together, we will overcome and will rise from all that tried to kill our spirit. Nothing like starting from the bottom and making your way back up!. I just know in my heart that New Orleans will provide for me. There's a bank account with funds in it owed to me by way of back pay for my ancestors. And I will receive my inheritance, and I will continue the traditions and customs of the old to keep the heartbeat of New Orleans beating. I'm down in the boot, living the life that feels right to me awaiting my destiny...

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