Project Troubador sends musicians, clowns, jugglers, mimes, dancers, etc. to perform in cultural centers, schools, hospitals, orphanages, town squares, churches, and marketplaces around what is considered the `third world.' Emphasis is placed on sharing these artistic traditions from both cultures, and in keeping the encounters on a personal level. Organizing shows in collaboration with local community action groups and non-governmental organizations in host countries, Project Troubador has strengthened the grass-roots relationship between these organizations and the people they serve. Troubadors have performed on behalf of HIVIAIDS prevention, rain forest preservation, literacy programs, well building, communities for the visually impaired, maternal-child health and family planning to name a few. All shows are free of charge.
Returning Troubadors bring their experiences home in many ways. Workshops and performances are the backbone of our School Program, exposing children to the rich musical traditions of diverse cultures through live performance and audio-visual presentations.
Eliot Osborn, Project Troubador's artistic director, founded the organization In 1978. It is now co-directed by Eliot and his wife, Louise Lindenmeyr. Since our inception we have performed in person for over 150,000 people. Traveling by plane barge, canoe, train, bus, mule and on foot, appearing on national TV and radio both here and abroad, Project Troubador has sent over 75 performing artists to 15 countries.