Update #4 – The Search for Hosts Begins

While the advent of vaccines and other environmental changes have given hope to the possibility of in-person events reigniting in the not-too-distant future, much is still unknown about what gatherings will look like over the next year. Read our 4th update in the NATC series to see what’s on the horizon for the North American Taiko Conference. Read More

Update #3 – Let Me Tell You a Story

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of talking with NATC and TCA pillars Johnny Mori, Roy Hirabayashi, Alan Okada, and Derek Oye. We shared stories and discussed the rich history of how taiko conferences came into existence in North America. Below are some segments of the interview that I felt compelled to share with my fellow NATC fans. Read More

Update #2 – Focusing on Funding

This month, we are focused on funding. Specifically, we are seeking funding from a wider variety of sources, including expanding our efforts around corporate sponsorships for NATC and identifying new opportunities for funding of TCA programming during non-NATC years. We recognize the financial hardship that many in our community and personal networks have experienced in 2020; the arts industry has been perhaps one of the hardest hit by the pandemic. This is why we need your help. Here are our asks to you… Read More

A Message from TCA Program Manager, Kristina McGaha

My Dear Taiko Family, You have welcomed me this year as TCA’s Program Manager with kind thoughts, messages, and support. We have an amazing community that is unlike any other I have served or worked alongside. As we move forward together through the uncertainty of the year ahead, it is more important than ever to do so with honesty, transparency, and mutual respect while determining and communicating our next steps. Read More