Our world is facing BIG PROBLEMS, like gun violence, racism, hurricanes, income inequality, health care, and anti-immigrant policies. These big problems cause stress, anxiety, and rip our communities apart. BIG PROBLEMS require BIG IDEAS. We're raising $17,000 to support our community projects focused on combatting isolation, building bridges, and inspiring people into action.
Creating a Space for Healing and Connection
Recently, we were invited to participate in an event called the Social Emergency Response Center (SERC) run by the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI) in Boston. SERC brought together 130 people from throughout New England who are currently on the front lines working on social justice projects. These folks see the damage caused by complex issues like income inequality, lack of affordable housing, and gender based violence on a daily basis and are organizing people to create change. SERC is a space for healing, information, food, and community. The Genki Spark brought our energy in the form of performance but more importantly we brought an opportunity for others to experience the power taiko has to bring people together as well a message that it is important to bring your whole selves to the table.
THANK YOU to everyone who attended Chinatown Presents: Speak Your Genki a Mini Concert + Community Conversation at Pao Arts Center, Boston. We had a sold out show and the opportunity to debut several pieces that shared stories of challenge and triumph often missing from public dialogue. Our intention is to create spaces where our audiences interact and build relationships; a key component to building a cohesive society. We hope you came away learning something new and having made a new friend!
Thank You to our 2017 Donors!
Karen Young, Meera Venkatraman, Sadikshya Nepal, Monique Morimoto, Rhodinne Wang, Doris Chow, Yoshie Keefe, Andrea Heberlein, Phil Chernin and Alicia Hsu, Kumiko Yamamoto, Jennifer Moy, MaryAnn Hibino, Anisha Asundi, Chen Cheng, Ann Brunelle-Willis, Jeen Jeong, Tara Venkatraman, Connie Chow, Payal Sharma, Tori Willbanks-Roos, Linda Uyechi, Miki Akimoto, Satsuki Ina, John Prough, Sangam Barnes, Leslie Yelland, Aashish Bhattarai, Ronald Mah, Miwa Smith, Yurika Chiba, Steve and Karen Fugita, Cynthia Yee, Stanley Yamane, Stanley Shikuma, Barbara Takei, Matthew Constanti, Anna Weick, Christopher Lam, Carolyn Barnes, Patrice Calvelo, Steven Hirabayashi, Akemi Chayama, David Morimoto, Katie Omberg, Maureen Burns-Murtha, Brad Young, Christine Nault, LeeAnn Teylan, James McIlwain, Tyrone Nakawatase, Yukiyo Iida, Junko Kobayashi, Abby Kingman, Jessica Lilang, Kay Fukumoto, Nicole Carter, Aashish Shrestha, Deanna Wong, Alison Payne, Mountain River Taiko, Stephen McMahon, Dew Sung, Nancy Nichols, Derek Oye, Atsuko Nemoto, Ken Nomiyama, Tamiko Ooka, Stephen Whitney, Joe Small, Jess Liborio, Matthew Oxner, Lani Lalwani, Phillip Morimoto, Katharine Ku, Lorna Fong, Elaine Fong, and Deborah Wong
The Genki Spark is a multi-generational, pan-Asian women's arts and advocacy organization that uses Japanese taiko drumming, personal stories, and creativity to build community, develop leadership, and advocate respect for all.