In December, TCA Board Members Akemi Imai and Derek Oye traveled to Sacramento to attend the California Arts Council (CAC) Partner & Networks Grantee Meeting. In a positive sign for the arts in California, it was the first time in 16 years that CAC was able to organize a meeting for this group of grantees. So for many, it was a new and welcome chance for representatives from across the California arts nonprofits community to connect and share information.
Over the span of 2 days, Derek and Akemi attended presentations and discussions around diversity and inclusion, politics and policy, human resources, mentorship, and leadership development. They took advantage of numerous networking opportunities among nonprofit arts professionals, ranging from board members and independent consultants to program staff and community leaders. Leading up to the conference, Derek was invited to be a part of the Conference’s 11-member planning committee to provide insight and feedback into various aspects of the gathering.
The pair left the event with a deeper understanding of current trends in the arts. They were especially struck by the emphasis on diversity and inclusion in the arts. They garnered tips for better managing TCA and supporting our diverse communities. And they gained deeper resolve for championing TCA as they learned that, within the CAC Statewide and Regional Networks program, TCA is unique because it supports and empowers a single cultural art form. That taiko has the power to attract a growing multicultural community of practitioners and supporters is no surprise to a taiko player. TCA says thanks to Akemi and Derek for sharing that insight with the California Arts Council and strengthening our ties in the non-profit arts community!