Welcome to the Karamu House Home page. We are most pleased to have an opportunity to serve you. Whether you are thinking of seeing a live youth or adult play, inviting Karamu performers to your place for a Workshop or Residency, taking some instruction in the Arts, seeking quality childcare or just planning a visit to the oldest African-American performing Arts venue in the country........you have come to the right place! Our programs serve all ages from our infant care to our Senior Citizens Dance Club, offering fun and education for everyone.
Education is the recurring theme in our programs. We recently tweaked our mission statement and we think its “spot on” in terms of educational focus. “The Mission of Karamu House is to strengthen community through quality Arts Education programs with an emphasis on African-American culture.” So from the Theater, to the Dance studios, and from the Art classrooms to the Digital Arts computer labs all of our staff, volunteers, patrons and customers are in continuous learning mode, discovering a deeper love for the Arts while nurturing talent and creativity.
Like everyone else we have been challenged to adjust to the new leaner economy and what that means to a community based Arts Education organization. For the staff it means we all wear multiple hats and multi-task as a way of life. It also means we must depend on our volunteers to help us fill the gaps. If you have ever thought about working in theater or participating in youth education programs, we would welcome your inquiry. Beyond the challenges, 2011 yielded many laudable outcomes. Here are some of the highlights:
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