With initial support from a TCA Mini-Grant in 2018, Karen Young (The Genki Spark, Boston) has launched a new Taiko and Community website and Artist in Residence program with Yidan Zeng, Marley Kirton, and Lina Lalwani (formerly with Gendo Taiko, Providence).
Taiko and Community is an initiative to recognize taiko as a source of building, cultivating, and reimagining community within the taiko community and beyond. This website, launched as a toolkit and resource for taiko practitioners who are interested in exploring these connections, is based on Karen’s experience leading dozens of workshops throughout North America and Europe. From interviews with taiko professionals to profiles of community projects, we hope this website inspires you to pave new pathways. Check out our resources, and let us know if there is anything you would like to share!
OUR MISSION: TO INSPIRE AND SHARE THE WAYS WE BUILD COMMUNITY WITHIN, BETWEEN, AND BEYOND OUR TAIKO GROUPS, STRENGTHENING THE POTENTIAL OF THE ART FORM AND THE SOCIAL CAPACITY OF ALL OUR COMMUNITIES.
Want to learn more? Attend Karen’s Taiko and Community Discussion at the North American Taiko Conference in Portland, where she will officially unveil and present the new website!
NEW: Taiko and Community Artist in Residence Program
Want to spend 1-3 months in Boston focused on a Taiko and Community Project? Perhaps you want to research and profile women artists for www.womenandtaiko.org, or assist with documentation and data collection that will help further the taiko community, or work hands-on assisting Karen with grassroots organizing projects using taiko as a key vehicle for empowerment, or maybe you have your own ideas! If so, contact Karen!
Lina Lalwani (formerly with Gendo Taiko) has become the first Taiko and Community Artist in Residence. During Lina’s time in Boston, she worked on www.taikoandcommunity.org, performed as a guest artist with The Genki Spark, assisted with taiko workshops for the elders of Older and Bolder, and developed a presentation of the website for the greater Boston Taiko Community. Thank you, Lina!