Step Up/Step Out: Registration Open

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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.

Step Up/Step Out Companion
7-month Fellowship Program

JUNE - DECEMBER 2019
Applications accepted on a rolling basis until April 30, 2019.

Application now open.

The Step Up/Step Out Companion Fellowship Program is a new leadership program for committed and growing taiko artists. This immersive 7-month program is designed as a companion to Step Up, Step Out. Facilitated by North American taiko leaders Michelle Fujii and Karen Young, up to 4 fellows will be selected as a cohort and will receive monthly support to discover tools and engage in dialogue in the following:

  • Identify your unique artistic voice/skills

  • Design a community learning project that will impact your local taiko community and the North American taiko community at large

  • Generate your personal artistic statement

  • Connect with peers and mentors to build a stronger, more diverse taiko network

HERBEAT: THE CONCERT

COMING TO YOU ON LEAP DAY: SATURDAY FEBRUARY 29, 2020
HERBEAT: THE CONCERT

WOMEN IN TAIKO ALL-STARS

HERBEAT: THE CONCERT

FEBRUARY 29, 2020

ST. PAUL, MN


TaikoArts Midwest proposes a simple, ground-breaking idea: bring the best North American & Japanese female taiko artists together for a 2-week artist residency to collaborate and create a one-of-a-kind performance. Envisioned as a catalyst to fuel movement towards gender equity in taiko, this project celebrates and puts women centerstage in a collaborative one-of-a-kind performance at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in St. Paul, MN.


Tentative artist line up (in alphabetical order):
Kaoly Asano (JAPAN)
Heidi Chan (Tornoto, ON)
Yurika Chiba (San Jose, CA)
Chizuko Endo (Honolulu, HI)
Michelle Fujii (Portland, OR)
Naomi Guilbert (Winnipeg, MB)
Mayumi Hashimoto (JAPAN)
PJ Hirabayashi (San Jose, CA)
Chieko Kojima (JAPAN)
ManMan (Los Angeles, CA)
Anna Sato (JAPAN)
Megan Chao Smith (Minneapolis, MN)
Aki Takahashi (Toronto, ON)
Tiffany Tamaribuchi (Sacamento, CA)
Mizue Yamada (JAPAN)

And of course,
Iris Shiraishi (St. Paul, MN)
Jennifer Weir (Minneapolis, MN)
and members of: Ensō Daiko and ensemble-MA

Women and Taiko Webinar: How to apply to lead an NATC Workshop

Led and Organized by: Sarah Ayako, Yurika Chiba, Michelle Fujii, and Karen Young

Webinar Success! On October 25th, Women and Taiko hosted our very first webinar on the topic of NATC Workshop Proposals! Yurika Chiba and Michelle Fujii shared their insights about the logistics of NATC workshops, and we discussed the different parts of a proposal, with particular attention to the bio and resume sections. What makes a good bio, you ask? What does a taiko resume even look like? Find the answers to these questions plus some tips and tricks to enhance your workshop by watching this video!

PS- Stay tuned for some new professional development resources! A resume bank with samples of taiko resumes will be coming soon!