A Letter to our Community

Dear Baobab Friends,

We wanted to let you know of a few changes coming to our organization.  As of September 2012, we will be restructuring our programming and office/studio to respond to the changing times, both social and economic.

Beginning in September, we will focus our programming on youth and children only, offering weekly sessions of ROOTS classes for ages 9-12, as well as Baobab Youth Performers, our performance-based program for youth ages 12-18. We will also be adjusting our Studio space at St George’s to part-time use only, and reducing the administrative duties that go with those changes.

The 2012-13 season will be Baobab’s 18th, and we will continue to celebrate and share the amazing arts of Ghana, West Africa with the Ottawa community and beyond, as we have done since our inception in 1995.  We have enjoyed working with adults for many years and will miss this part of our programming, and the interesting and dedicated people we have met along the way!  We see this restructuring as a necessary change towards keeping our organization as healthy, vibrant and debt free as it currently is, something that would not be possible if we were to remain the same.  A special thanks to our Baobab Board of Directors, under the leadership of Chair, Ian Brown, for their hard work surrounding this major shift.

We are also grateful to the City of Ottawa and St George’s Parish for their continuing support and flexibility through this transition. We are planning a social gathering in our Studio on Monday June 4, at 8:30pm (following the dance and drum classes that finish that evening) for any adults who have participated at any time in our classes and workshops.  All are welcome!

Our website and email contact will remain the same.  Our new phone number as of June 7 will be (613)791-6994. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

 Sincerely, Kathy Armstrong  &  Hayley de Bie
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