TCA to Receive $30,000 NEA Grant


National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $27 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment’s first major funding announcement for fiscal year 2019.  Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $30,000 to TCA to support the North American Taiko Conference, August 9-11, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. Art Works is the Arts Endowment’s principal grantmaking program. The agency received 1,605 Art Works applications for this round of grantmaking. The grant to TCA was among 972 grants awarded this cycle in this category. 

“The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Derek Oye, Chair of the TCA Board of Directors, responded, “It is an honor to receive NEA funding for the North American Taiko Conference. It puts taiko on the map as part of American culture. As we receive this award and celebrate taiko’s 50th anniversary in North America, I’m also reflecting on the pioneer leaders and artists that worked so hard to make taiko a part of America’s and Japanese American history. I’m feeling pumped for NATC19 in Portland, Oregon!”

Derek noted that volunteers are the heart of TCA and requested that the all-volunteer grant writing team be gratefully acknowledged. Hats off to the team of Jane Lin, Marc Steuben, Nicholas Loh, Alysse Itatani, Elise Fujimoto, and Wynn Kiyama! Additionally, support and advice from Alan Okada, PJ Hirabayashi, Roy Hirabayashi, Johnny Mori, and Rome Hamner, helped secure this award and recognition from the NEA.

By supporting NATC, the NEA fosters the bi-annual gathering of taiko drumming enthusiasts who assemble for performances, lectures, demonstrations, and instruction. More information on this National Endowment for the Arts grant announcement is at For more information about the 2019 NATC, watch this site: