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Step Up/Step Out Professional Development

AUGUST 11-13, 2019

(6:30PM SUN – 4PM TUES)

PORTLAND, OR

LED, FACILITATED, AND ORGANIZED BY:

KAREN YOUNG, MICHELLE FUJII, LINDA UYEHARA HOFFMAN, SARAH AYAKO

This 2-day session immediately following the North American Taiko Conference will focus on developing and elevating the voice and experience of women in the taiko community. In our time together, we will focus largely on building skills needed to enhance and bolster your leadership. In a supportive environment, we will develop your personal vision, identify your unique artistic voice and skills, share workshop design principles, build relationships with each other, and emphasize planning for the future.


Increasing the Visibility of Women in the Art Form

 

Taiko is a dynamic art form that is very old yet changing rapidly. About 2/3 of taiko players in North America are women, and taiko’s gendered history is fundamentally part of its beauty and power. This website offers resources and models for how women have been central to taiko from the beginning. We believe that the North American taiko community is often radically inclusive in its aspirations yet has over-emphasized masculine ideas about authority, skill, and leadership. This website aims to tell a different story about taiko and gender.