Who we are
Founded in 1994 by Artistic Director Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga, OrigiNation, Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that produces innovative and dynamic performing arts programs which motivate, challenge, and inspire youth to be the best they can be. We offer quality dance, theater arts, and African history education. Special emphasis is placed on teaching young people between the ages of 2 through 18 the importance of self-respect, health, nutrition, education, self-esteem, and the extent of African influences on various contemporary art forms. Ever year we serve close to 300 young people through our on-site programs and an additional 4,500 youth through our off-site programs. We provide youth of all levels with training in multiple dance forms, public speaking, and martial arts.
OrigiNation also implements special initiatives to raise our students' awareness about pertinent social issues and to facilitate their development into well-rounded, productive citizens within their families and communities. While our programs are open to all youth, we focus our efforts on providing services to young people from Boston's underserved neighborhoods, which include Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.