The Big Give

Support Thiossane with The Big Give!


September 17-18, Thiossane Institute  will join The Columbus Foundation in The Big Give.

Over the past 13 years, we have used the disciplines of traditional  performing arts as a vehicle to introduce, enhance and encourage social and cultural awareness and development, as we present and preserve this art form. Help us to continue serving young people as we represent the diversity of our city  by giving generously to the Institute through The Big Give. The Columbus Foundation will maximize your gift from a pool of $1 million in funds.

It’s simple!

Visit The Columbus Foundation website ( between 11 am on Tuesday, September 17, and 11 am on Wednesday, September 18.

Select Thiossane Institute  from the list of qualifying non-profits.

Donate using a major credit card with a minimum donation of $20. Columbus Foundation donors can also make a grant (minimum of $100) through their Donor Advised Fund

For more information about Thiossane Institute visit our Power Philanthropy Portrait.

Thank you for your support!

The Big Give is a dynamic community-wide opportunity to support hundreds of nonprofits working to strengthen and improve our community. Utilizing the Foundation’s online marketplace, PowerPhilanthropy®, you can show your spirit by giving to one or more of 600 central Ohio nonprofits during The Big Give.


  1. Starting on Tuesday, September 17 at 11:00 a.m. EST, visit
  2. Make a minimum credit card gift of $20 using a major credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express) to the eligible nonprofit(s) of your choice that are part of PowerPhilanthropy®. If you are a Columbus Foundation donor, you can make a grant to the nonprofit of your choice using your Donor Advised Fund or Supporting Foundation, with a minimum of $100.
  3. Everyone making a donation will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of their donation.
  4. Donations, once made, cannot be rescinded.
  5. The bonus pool percentage ratio and preliminary results will be posted on on Monday, September 23.

QUESTIONS? Contact us at or call 614/251-4000.

Fall 2013 Performances

Fall 2013 Performances


September 28, 2013 4:45-5:45pm

Springfield Arts Council

Main Stage, Downtown Springfield

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September 28, 2013

Graham School Presentation



October 2, 2013 5:30-5:45pm

PGA President’s Cup at the Columbus Downtown Commons for the International Festival of the Opening Ceremonies



November 9, 2014

Children Community Class Recital



November 14- 16, 2013

World Music Summit in Collaboration with City Music, King Arts Complex featuring Sing Sing Family – West African Drum Orchestra



November 17, 2013

International Dance and Drum workshop, Lincoln Ballroom (TBA)


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ujima • collective work & responsibility


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On May 17 & 18th, 2013, at 7:30pm, the Thiossane West African Dance Institute will once again present its annual concert ”Collective Work & Responsibility” to be held at the Lincoln Theater. Twenty two company members will perform in an enthralling exhibition of West African dance, music and culture, certain to entertain the entire family.

We invite you to support the development of our young people and the preservation of this art form through a contribution level of your choice:



Danny Glover

Thiossane Performs at CSCC with Danny Glover

In honor of Danny Glover’s humanitarian work in Africa, the Thiossane West African Dance Institute also performed at the CSCC Diversity Initiative “Voices of Change” MLK celebration January 15, 2013.

Lincoln Theatre Ballroom

Company Residency and Workshop

WHEN: March 14 – 17, 2013

WHERE: The Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long Street, Columbus, OH 43203

Open to the public

Denison University

Guest Artists at Denison University

WHEN: APRIL 25 & 26, 2013

WHERE: Denison University, Granville, OH

Fall Showcase

On November 16 & 17, the Lincoln Theatre will present a collection of “dance art” as it relates to social and cultural influences through the annual fall showcase that is held by the Thiossane West African Dance Institute. Under the skilled guidance of its Creative Director, Suzan Bradford Kounta, the fall showcase will adhere to the mission of the Institute by showcasing the signifance of this art form through a family friendly performance of the community outreach programs for children and adults Saturday, November 17 at 3:00 pm.

ART…SOCIAL Advocacy… CULTURAL Influences will encourage awareness, appreciation and dialogue in an interactive presentation that will also include new work of choreography by ONYX Dance Columbus. ONYX is an emerging, local dance company under the direction of Gamal Brown. Local thespians Sufiy James and Troy A. Harris will join the collaboration in their performance during the evening shows on November 16 & 17 at 7:30 pm.

The Institute has served the Columbus community in detailed African dance instruction and authentic presentations since 2000. Bradford has also quietly and effectively nurtured the presence of this art form in this city.

Matinee: November 17 at 3:00 pm – Children $7, Adults $10. Evening Performances: HS & College Students with ID/Seniors $10 Adults $15. Tickets available at CAPA Box Office, at the door and Ticketmaster. Click here to contact The Institute or call 614-252-7077 for details.

Fall Showcase Info

Springfield Culture Fest 2012

Springfield Culture Fest


City Hall Plaza

76 East High Street  Springfield, OH 45502

September 29th 2012 at 3:45p