Oni Lasana's Applause & Kudos

Mcgee Rehabilitation Hospital

 "You Got Talent!" Interactive Karaoke program via Art-Reach, Inc. 

April 19, 2016 

Sarah Lantz and Rebecca Greenhow Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia, PA 19102 

Dear Oni, 

We just wanted to say thank you for bringing your enthusiasm, energetic personality, and voice to our Community Aphasia Group at Magee Rehabilitation You offered our members the opportunity to rise above their communication challenges and tap into their musical expression for the afternoon. They enjoyed the entertainment. Thanks again!

Best, Sarah Lantz & Rebeca Greenhow, Speech-Language Pathologists, Leader of the Community Aphasia Group, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital, Philadelphia



Philadelphia Museum of Art

Doin' Dunbar as 'Lias' Mother

Dear Ms. Lasana,

On behalf of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, I would like to thank you for your wonderful storytelling on September 19, 2001. It was a pleasure coordinating with you to make the evening such a success. Your professionalism and organization were very much appreciated. I'm sure you'll be pleased to know that the audience feedback to "Oni Lasana Doin' Dunbar" was overwhelmingly positive. We look forward to working with you in the future. 

Sincerely,

Laura Henrich

Coordinator of Evening Programs

Philadelphia Museum of Art


Lincoln University, Pennsylvania

Doin' Dunbar as 'Lias' Mother

Dear Ms. Lasana,

I wish to thank you for your participation in our 1999 New Student Transition Week. Your program was very entertaining and educational for our new students. They all said how much they enjoyed it. It is my intention to use your services again in the coming year. 

Sincerely,

Veronica M. Cohen

Assistant to the Vice President for 

Enrollment Planning and Student Life


The Hickman, West Chester, PA

Senior Residency

Doin' Dunbar as 'Lias' Mother"

Dear Oni,

The residents and I were delighted to have shared such an emotional, thought-provoking and entertaining performance.

These are just a few of the comments I heard after your program:

"Inspiring"

"Wonderful"

"Very Profession Tal"

"I was overwhelmed with joy"

"How did she memorize all of those lines?"

"Thumbs up"

Thank you for allowing us to experience life in the 1800's. The residents enjoyed taking part in the program. We are grateful to you for the joy you spread throughout the home.

Sincerely,

Kristin Curry, Activities Coordinator



Tellabration

Patchwork, A Storytelling Guild's Tellabration Celebration 

ON STAGE..spotlighting Troubadours & Raconteurs

Allens Lane Art Center, Philadelphia

Oni, 

I can't begin to express how EXCELLENT your program was. I had a phenomenal time. I didn't want it to end. Not only was the performance expertly crafted and beautifully presented, but your wide open generous heart is always right out there on stage too, whether you're in character or as yourself. You are truly a gifted performer. The way you involved the audience was also so engaging --first with Ray, and then with the finale. It was an honor to be of assistance.

All the best,

Tina Divine, Storyteller


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School District of Philadelphia

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA

Carolyn L. Holmes, Ph.D.

Former Supervisor Prof. @ Drexel University, PA. 

African and African-American Studies Department

Philadelphia Board of Education

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

September 9, 1999

Dear Oni,

This letter is long overdue, but I wanted to formally thank you for your artistic contributions to the African and African-American Studies Department's spring curriculum enrichment and staff development programs for District teachers and the broader Philadelphia community.

Specifically, I am referring to your participation in the teacher's workshop and seminar, held at the Johnson House on May 21, 1999 and your moving dramatization of Paul Laurence Dunbar's poem, "When Dey 'Listed Colored Soldiers." Also, our June 1, 1999, CULTURAL CONNECTION television program, presented in honor of the Juneteenth Coalition's 1999 city-wide celebration.

As you know, Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), once referred to as the "Poet Laureate of of the Negro race" by Frederic Douglas, was one of America's brightest lights. Unfortunately, his creative genius, reflected so cogently and humorously in his black dialect poetry, was curtailed far too soon due to his early death.

Your student, teacher workshops and dramatizations, which highlight several of Dunbar's most treasured poems, will help to reconnect children and adult students in the new millennium to the rich culture, pathos and humor of the African American past.

Thank you for using your own creative genius to make Dunbar's voice a living legacy. We hope that many more of Philadelphia's students and teachers will have an opportunity this school year to enjoy one of your dynamic presentations. The African American Studies Department looks forward to working with you in the near future. I am enclosing a picture of the participants in our Juneteenth television show. I hope it brings back pleasant memories.

Sincerely,

Carolyn L. Holmes, Ph.D.

Supervisor

African American Studies Department

School District of Philadelphia


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