Dear Friend of Baobab
Meet Victoria, age 8
- “I thought that Baobab was hard when I first saw everyone doing different beats at different times but it was not. I learned that different people from different families can have a lot in common. I made a lot of friends in Baobab, I think its really cool. “
Why Arts Education?
Because of the multifaceted way in which the arts engage youth, community arts programming can offer untraditional ways in which to address personal, academic, and social issues. What looks like simple avenues for self-expression are in fact processes that work through and address many issues.
“Effectivity of Popular Arts & Culture as Medium of Youth Engagement” Youth On Youth, , Pg 32
Comments from youth:
- “When I drum I feel free. It feels like I’m drumming out all my problems.”
- “Dancing helps me get rid of my bad feelings and good feelings come inside me.”
Did You Know?
Last year more than 9,000 people participated in Baobab’s community arts projects. This number includes audience members at more than 23 local and touring performances. In addition, approximately 220 adults and seniors participated in classes, more than 20 teachers in workshops and training and over 300 children and youth engaged in our arts education programming.
What’s New at Baobab?
Baobab has a new partnership this year with Hintonburg Community Centre. With support from the City of Ottawa Community, free drum classes for students aged 7-12 are happening weekly at the Hintonburg Centre. Our youth gave an interactive performance to kick off the January session and former Baobab Youth member Ben Holland is teaching the weekly classes. It’s a great example of the mentoring opportunities and circular paths our programming inspires and achieves. We have plans to expand this program next year to the students at the east end Boys and Girls Club.
Your continued support of our efforts is greatly appreciated and tax receipts will be issued promptly. Due to the overwhelming popularity of last year’s “donor dinner giveaway” once again, all donors who contribute $50 or more between April 15 and June 30, 2011 will be put into a draw to receive a Ghanaian dinner for eight guests in your home, courtesy of our head chef and board member Lina Asmah!
Contact Hayley in the office to make a donation by credit card, (613)725-6994 or firstname.lastname@example.org or send a cheque to
Baobab Community, 415C Piccadilly Ave Ottawa ON K1Y 0H3
Sincerely, Nadine Powers, Chair of the Baobab Board of Directors