Capital Support: toward the renovation of instructional spaces and redesign and to re-purpose the reception area.
Program Support Items:
Volunteer Support: committed volunteers who can be trained on specific projects and contribute recurring hours on a somewhat regular schedule with minimal management.
Ezibu Muntu is a professional organization of energetic dancers, drummers, entertainers and other individuals dedicated to invoking a renewed, positive and educated understanding of African culture, values, traditions and art forms as they relate to the citizens of today. The programming the community-at-large experiences enriches and supports diversity while reintroducing the basic African concepts of discipline, family, nature and spirituality.We are the premiere Afrikan Dance Company in Virginia which makes us unique in our endeavors. Suffice it to say, we are the foundation and catalyst for many if not all of the current Afrikan performing arts organizations in the state and probably one in North Carolina. Our alumni members took what they learned or experienced with us and started organizations of their own. The perpetuation of the traditions we value lets us know that our mission is attainable and has been realized. The energy Ezibu exudes not only graces the stage but radiates a truth and commitment to the ancient art forms that have led to what we know today.We hope our audiences and class participants become so enthralled and spiritually linked to the movement and music that they feel, and ultimately live, the rhythms of humanity and a personal pride for their ancestors. We want others to appreciate and respect Afrika, her people and her arts!Ezibu Muntu also stands out because of our fast-paced choreography tweaked with modern vestiges through costuming and creative presentation. We are often told that with us comes a strong sense of family, love and cohesiveness to which audiences are drawn. Our reputation is stellar and we have continued to influence audiences and students for 40 years-hailing the accomplishments and leadership of our two original members!
Ezibus’s founder often communicates, from California, with the leadership and has offered her advice and creative support. She purports that Sister Renee and Sister Faye, the two original members of the group are “Keepers of the Dream"-her dream. Like her, I believe the group is supported with consistent and supportive leadership. These ladies, as well as the administrative team, affect the group positively and culturally. I am in awe of their fortitude. They are bestowed with a high level of respect by the younger members.Even through the stresses and hard times, the leaders of Ezibu insist upon following the protocols used by their founder. Maintain quality, integrity, honesty and truth with the membership as well as with the art forms, and blessings will follow. Open communication is also very important to this group. Because of this strong foundation of innovation, love and faith, Ezibu Muntu’s legacy is inevitable. However, there is a strong need for financial support to help keep the doors to this community icon open.Many of the successes Ezibu Muntu enjoys are funded by members who all must work. All money earned from performances is donated to company operations. No member receives payment for their talents. Personal vehicles are used for out-of-town performances. There is a strong core to this company of mothers, fathers, teachers, lawyers, engineers, coaches and students, but each has obligations that sometimes make daytime performances difficult to make, with compensation available, perhaps more would participate. I truly appreciate the dedication members of Ezibu Muntu have for the community and each other.
Ezibu offers weekly evening classes for youth (ages 3-10), teens and adults (ages 11 and up) all year long. All classes are held at our Ezibu Muntu Dance Studio.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
If an organization has gross receipts that are normally $50,000 or less, it can choose to file Form 990-N.
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