Inaugural Mini-Grants Awarded

The Taiko Community Alliance (TCA) is pleased to announce the three organizations that will each receive $500 mini grants for upcoming projects described below.

This is the first year that TCA has awarded these grants. We received great response to our call for applications and we look forward to continuing this program in future years.

UCLA KYODO TAIKO (2017 Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational):

Kyodo Taiko and Yukai Daiko will be hosting the 2017 Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational at UCLA. This annual event brings together collegiate taiko players from across the West Coast to not only connect the intercollegiate taiko community but to also create meaningful relationships between collegiate players and the general North American taiko community. This event is an opportunity for collegiate groups to be exposed to taiko beyond their own ensembles and for taiko masters to pass down skills and art forms that define North American Taiko.  Learn more about UCLA Kyodo Taiko

PORTLAND TAIKO (Isshoni: Taiko in Portland)

“Isshoni: Taiko in Portland” is a performance initiative consisting of collaborations, a newly-commissioned work, and a final concert featuring four taiko groups based in Portland, Oregon: Portland Taiko, Takohachi, en Taiko, and Unit Souzou. This project is designed to encourage cooperation between the different groups and strengthen the community of taiko performers in Portland.  The final concert is scheduled for Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Portland Community College’s Sylvania Campus. Learn more about Portland Taiko

TAIKOARTS MIDWEST (Taiko Jam! Launch Party)

TaikoArts Midwest (TAM) is applying for funds to host a benefit concert on April 30, 2017. This will be our first public event and fundraiser. Our mission will be to develop, produce, and promote artistic excellence in taiko performance and to use taiko as a way to strengthen and build communities in the Midwest. Learn more about TAM

Many thanks to TCA Board Member Rome Hamner for her work in chairing and facilitating this project.

Learn more about TCA mini-grants here: TCA Grant Program.