TCA Launch: Introducing TCA

Dear Taiko Community:

We are pleased to announce the formation of the Taiko Community Alliance (TCA), a new organization that will serve as a resource for the taiko community.

As many of you know, last year the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) made a decision to delay the 2013 North American Taiko Conference (NATC). Some of you in the taiko community began to express concern for the future of the NATC, which has become a major touchpoint for the taiko community in general.

To respond to community demand, the NATC Advisory Council decided to form the TCA to help provide stability and continuity for the conference. In the future, the TCA may also support other activities and initiatives to enrich and strengthen our community. Throughout this process, we are committed to maintaining a close working relationship with the JACCC. The intent of the TCA is not to separate the NATC from the JACCC, but to give the taiko community a path to greater responsibility and self-determination about its future.

Still in its infancy, the TCA has yet to adopt a formal mission statement or governing bylaws. However, it is incorporated in the State of California, and members of the NATC Advisory Council are serving as an initial committee to help this new organization take shape. We are in the process of applying to become a nonprofit 501c3 entity.

The first activity of the TCA will be an organizational meeting, held at Stanford University on August 23-25, 2013. Approximately 60 members of the taiko community will participate in discussions that will shape the governance structure, guiding principles, and initial activities of the TCA. This event will also serve to kick-off the planning for the next NATC.

Half of the spots for this event will be filled by recognized leaders in the taiko community, as identified by the TCA Advisory Board (NATC Advisory Council). We want to ensure a broad base of community participation, so the remaining spots will be filled through an open application process. The application process and selection criteria will be announced in late February. We will also welcome written ideas and suggestions from those unable to attend.

We are excited by the future prospects for this new organization. Most importantly, the TCA promises to be inclusive and representative of the taiko community as a whole. As the organization evolves, we will be seeking your input and inviting your active participation. Please stay tuned for more information on how to get involved!

Sincerely,
NATC Advisory Council

Roy Hirabayashi, San Jose Taiko, CA
Anthony Jones, Zenshin Daiko, HI
Johnny Mori, Kinnara Taiko, CA
Alan Okada, Soh Daiko, NY
Stan Shikuma, Seattle Kokon Taiko, WA
Iris Shiraishi, Mu Daiko, MN
Wisa Uemura, San Jose Taiko, CA
Linda Uyechi, Jun Daiko, CA