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Necessary Arts

Promoting social justice through our youth and adult arts programs.

Promoting Social Justice

We are proud to continue to lead others to be productive and innovative contributors to their own social groups.

"Reach the Unreachable"

Our scalable and adaptable community outreach program is targeted to the needs of both homogeneous and multicultural populations.

Necessary Arts

Promoting social justice through youth and adult arts programs
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Our Mission

At Necessary Arts, our mission is to employ an extensive and comprehensive program in the arts to empower participants to realize their full potential to become confident, productive and innovative contributors to our global society.

What We Do



We offer training and workshops for young actors and performers, volunteer teachers and corporate team building.


“Reach the Unreachable”

We build bridges to connect children from all ends of the socio-economic spectrum in an effort to demonstrate the importance of being a global citizen.


Education Fund

We are committed to sustaining access to quality secondary education for all our outreach participants.

Latest News

Necessary Arts Cycle 25 is here …. VIRTUALLY!

Registration Begins 18 January!

Children and adult Zoom! classes in basic acting for theatre, television, and film

Our Founder, Naima Thompson, Speaking on “Teachers for Humanity”

Drama Classes

We are now offering drama classes in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Our drama classes, known as Thompson’s Thespians, provide a wonderful opportunity for teenagers to develop their skills in stagecraft and in the art of acting.

These young actors will come away with a heightened understanding of the fundamentals of acting for the stage. They will learn how to use their body and voice for enhanced communication.

Participants will produce and document a 15-minute small-group performance.

RECENT Offerings

FEB 09 – MAR 22, 2019

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Oct 13 – Nov 17, 2019

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

SEp 09 – SEP 13, 2019

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

July 4 – 9, 2019

Bofa Village, Kilifi, Kenya

(April 27, 2019) Necessary Arts is excited to partner with Sunshine International Arts for its 2019 Reach the Unreachable program in Kenya. Finally, Ray Mahabir shares the art form of carnival mask-making from Trinidad and Tobago (via London) with our JEHO family today at Pipeline Nairobi.

The workshop looked at carnival celebrations and the art of mask making. The children were asked to look at a memory of celebrations that they were part of and the activity was for them to create a mask based on those memories.

The group of children was forty-five (45) in total and ranged from the ages of 1-17 years. The children were divided into juniors and seniors.

The junior group was given a mask to decorate while the senior group was asked to use the art of coloring to stimulate their creativity. They were also encouraged to use storytelling to create a mask which they could share with the group at the end.

The interaction was highly stimulating, engaging and resulted in very interesting mask and stories.

The children were encouraged to continue working on this art form and materials were provided for them to revisit this activity in their ongoing drama classes with Eleanor their local youth leader.

This was the initial collaboration between Necessary Arts and Sunshine International Arts and we are looking forward to continuing amazing work.

January 13 – April 7, 2019

Saigon, Vietnam

April 27 – 30, 2019

Kilifi, Kenya

April – June, 2019

Saigon, Vietnam

February 2019

Kajiado, Kenya

December 2018

Dubai, UAE

September 2017

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago


I appreciate what you’re doing for the kids; we appriciate having Ray and Nelyson in Kilifi, we really love them.

The children really enjoyed learning about making things using empty bottles and papers that we used to see like rubbish. But now the children were going to use them to make things like drams, flowers and much more.

Thank you so much, we really appreciate it! The kids also learned more about drama and how they’re going to be while on stage.

Thank you again, and I promise you that I will continue to work with the kids and what Ray give to me, like the learning and how to make things. We will continue do it with our passion.

Furaha Pascal

I will never forget the first day I walked through the doors of Necessary Arts!

I was only 11 years old with butterflies of excitement. Enrolling at Necessary Arts was not only an exhilarating experience for me, but it has also remained one of the most indelible and rewarding.

I was not only exposed to the rudiments of theatre – I received rigorous training and learning in adaptation and survival skills, which I am proud to say I now employ in my day-to-day activities.

Terneille Herbert

My first acting class was at Necessary Arts when I was 7 years old. They taught and challenged me to lose my inhibitions. It truly was magical to train there and so inspiring learning from two wonderful women, Naima Thompson and Penelope Spencer.

I remember their strength as leaders and their determination, passion, patience, and commitment to us as students. I would go to classes beaming ready to act and dance for my life.

The sessions were fun but also mentally and physically challenging.

Jonathan Bishop

Stimulating minds through artistic expression

Necessary Arts uses the art of performance to foster the development of literacy, communication and leadership skills, among its participants.


Sharing perspectives though the exchange of real-life stories will support a fair exchange of experiences and challenges facing the groups and will be expanded locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

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Desired Outcome

To elevate the social consciousness of all participants


Our programs are designed to develop leadership skills, build self-affirmation and empower students and participants to achieve their highest potential. Group dynamics, problem-solving concepts and conflict resolution strategies are implemented for experiential and discovery-based education for all ages. We are building bridges to connect children from varied sections of the socio-economic spectrum in an effort to demonstrate the importance of being a global citizen.


Empowerment: is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights.

Education: is a human right for all throughout life and that access must be matched by quality.

Global Citizen: is aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own role and responsibility in making purposeful contributions toward humanity.