Necessary Arts was conceptualized in Harlem, New York in the 90's and founded as the Necessary Arts School in Trinidad and Tobago in 2002. Today, we are registered under the International Humanitarian City in Dubai, the UAE. http://www.ihc.ae


NAS's primary objective from inception is to promote social justice through the arts. We run youth and adult programs in Trinidad and Tobago, Kenya, and the United Arab Emirates impacting the lives of so many. We have a diverse group of participants and volunteers who continue to push NAS beyond its boundaries: geographically, socially, and pedagogically.

Witnessing the successes of our alumni, we are proud to have led and still continue to lead others to be productive and innovative contributors to their own social groups and society in general.


“Reach the Unreachable”, our community outreach program, is scalable and adaptable to the needs of targeted communities of both homogeneous and multicultural populations. It is this specific program that connects us to those who lack access to sustainable, quality education and drives the NAS Education Fund to it's role of balancing the scales.


The hopeful dreams of the 90's shower the dreams of today and we will continue to thrive for the sake of humanity!



Board of Directors

Naima Thompson

Lydia ledgerwood

Penelope Spencer



"Stimulating minds through artistic expression."