In our last article, Roy Hirabayashi provided a definition of leadership for us to consider. In this space, I would like to explore why leadership is important.
With COVID-19 still affecting our daily lives and a majority of our taiko community unable to physically meet for the past 9 months, it has been rough. Yet, our community has shown resilience and perseverance, adapting to our new way of life. We are so fortunate that many have stepped up to organize events, sustain connections, and constantly remind us that taiko is more than just a drum.
Have you heard the saying it takes a village to raise a child? Then what does it take to build and sustain a community? I believe that one critical element is building and supporting consistent, empathetic, aware, trustworthy, and resourceful leaders.
The taiko community we know and love today was built by strong, community minded leaders and is not to be taken for granted. In this next chapter of our artform, strong leaders will be critically important, now more than ever, to our community’s recovery from COVID and beyond. Leaders will need to learn from the past to make informed decisions about the future. We will need to understand how to build a strong team, communicate effectively, and balance multiple tasks at one time in this new, hyperactive environment. And for our community to thrive, leaders will need to understand the arts industry at large to ensure our artform receives the recognition and resources it deserves. We will need to rely on one another and our networks, for we cannot possibly do this all on our own.
Roy Hirabayashi and I will be leading a TCA leadership course in 2021, where we will further explore important concepts of leadership and strengthen the existing network of leaders within the taiko community. The program will begin in March and end in October. We will also explore what it takes to grow and develop as leaders, which will in turn build our community.
Sessions would take place once a month on Saturday for 3 hours on Zoom. To apply, please visit: https://taikocommunityalliance.org/leadership-apply
Applications are due by Saturday, January 30th at 11:59pm Hawaii time.
We hope you can join us on this journey and be a part of TCA’s inaugural Leadership Program. We need strong leaders like you, now more than ever. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or comments. We would love to hear from you!
Stay safe and be well out there!
TCA Board Chair
Member of Kinnara Taiko