A Letter from Courtney Ozaki

Dear TCA Friends and Family, 

I am so honored that I have been able to be more intimately involved in supporting and sustaining TCA over the past year and a half! Coming into this position, it was immediately obvious to me how much time and care many individuals have poured into keeping TCA alive and kicking, supporting all of us within the taiko community over the past many years.  

I am humbled and grateful to have had the opportunity to learn and grow together with this incomparable organization. It has been a joy to be able to support a taiko community that I have grown up in and love, putting to work skills that I’ve developed through my professional and artistic career in non-profit and performing arts management while navigating pandemic and paradigm shifts, issues related to racial and social justice impacting our community + responding to calls for action, and building sustainable infrastructure alongside the Board for TCA’s perpetual growth. I have the deepest gratitude and respect for TCA’s Board, Advisory Council, Partners, and Volunteers from past to present who have dedicated their time, energy, and hearts into keeping resources and opportunities alive for our community!!  

Thank you so much for your support of staff as we were brought into our positions with TCA, and throughout our journey. My time with TCA has made a lasting impression on me, and I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish in a relatively short amount of time. It was not an easy decision to leave my position with TCA, and I will miss daily interactions with Board Members, Committees, Staff and Volunteers, but I am very excited and eager to return full-time to doing work with my organization, the Japanese Arts Network, creative producing, fulfilling board commitments to the Western Arts Alliance and local CO community organizations, and developing new and exciting taiko collaborative performance work.  I am confident that the next iteration of staff or support for TCA’s administrative and business management will be even stronger than what I was able to provide, and I’m looking forward to seeing that come to fruition from the sidelines as a continuing member, volunteer, and supporter!

I look forward to seeing all of you soon (whether in an online program, or hopefully soon in-person at a post-conference social gathering or jam!). All of my love to all of you! Thank you again for this opportunity, have a great fall and winter, and please stay in-touch:

IG: @caozaki +

All my best, 

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    Jon Whitsell says:

    Fortunately for me, you are just up the road. Thanks for your present and future work. Any organization should be honored to have you work with them. but, I thinnk they already know htat!

    Jon Whitsell

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    Dear Courtney,
    I will miss your presence at TCA.. plus learning from you!
    I know your venture with JA-NE and your sister is the next chapter in your life.
    Yes, I checked your website, watched video, etc.. So professional and classy.. 👍
    If you ever need any help or support, just holler..
    And please contact me on your next visit to Hawaii, ok?
    Hugs and all the best to you…
    Aloha and arigato gozaimasu for promoting our Japanese heritage,

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