Testimonials

We work hard to bring a wide variety of talent to enrich our community

I’d like to express our deep gratitude to NAMBA for hosting our Community Research Forum on January 31, 2020. Having this type of resource centrally located in Downtown Ventura is a huge boon to our community. It is an ideal space for meetings, presentations, and art shows of all kinds. The staff was very hospitable and accommodated our every need. We are greatly looking forward to working with NAMBA again in the future.

Leila Thayer

Alzheimer’s Association-Central Coast Chapter

Namba has been absolutely essential to the growth of my dance school. The atmosphere of community and family that they have cultivated has made it easy to build classes that share the same values. My adult customers feel comfortable and welcomed, while my school age students are always super happy to be there. NAMBA has been a creative leader in Ventura showcasing amazing talent from around the world and from our own county. It has been such a pleasure to partner with a creative space that truly understands the arts. I am so grateful for the insight, generosity, and creativity that NAMBA encourages and inspires in others.

Eboni Hayes

Rivers Dance Arts

As a private music teacher for the past 26 years it is my pleasure to write a testimonial letter on behalf of NAMBA and its importance as a community resource in Downtown Ventura. I am grateful to Ben and Julia Namba, Lorenzo DeStefano and NAMBA’s board for their selfless support in keeping the arts alive and well in Ventura County. I urge the community to support NAMBA as a crucial investment in our city’s cultural resources.

Jodi Farrell

Jodi Farrell Music Studio

Namba Performing Arts Space provides a critical community space for music, drama and dance — a much needed platform for local talent and a weigh station for regional and national artists to show off their stuff.

Charles Levin

Artist Manager, Dreamland Featuring Kimberly Ford – A Celebration of Joni Mitchell

If Namba didn’t exist in Ventura we would have to invent it. A performance studio that provides so many multidisciplinary groups the opportunity to have classes and shows without the onus of renting their own space is absolutely essential to the artistic community. We should all be grateful for Namba!

Gary Best

Artistic Director/Ventura Improv Company

With Ventura’s limited performance venues, Unity Theatre Collective feels so grateful to NAMBA for taking a chance on us, as a brand-new theatre company. They have given us the support we needed to grow and partner with us on our mission to provide performances for every person. From our sold-out ‘Grease Sing Along’ to performances of classic plays, they have been there with us every step of the way. We want to thank everyone at NAMBA for their support and can’t wait to collaborate with them again.

Laura Covault

Unity Theatre Collective