In the blink of an eye, NATC 2017 is now a memory. It was a whirlwind of an adventure planning such a momentous occasion—a celebration of the 20 years of NATC.
I was met with familiar and unfamiliar circumstances coming back to work on NATC. Taiko has changed and evolved over the past 20 years, yet the spirit of the taiko community has remained as uplifting, open and encouraging as far back as I can remember. Being involved in taiko both as a performer and administrator has taught me the greatest lessons in the importance of teamwork: community is necessary for growth and positive change; we are better united.
Whether you’ve been to all 20 years of NATC, or this was your first experience, I hope you left San Diego having gained more knowledge about the culture and traditions of taiko in North America and abroad. I hope you are ready, willing, and inspired to share that acquired knowledge within your local communities.
Too often I hear the phrase “ignorance is bliss,” which, I feel are words that nobody should live by. We need to care, we need to be humble, we need to remain curious in an effort to better ourselves, one another, our community…
Thank you for caring enough to be a part of NATC. Thank you for supporting me in the role as Conference Coordinator. I remain speechless by how giving the taiko community is: you answered calls for fundraising, equipment loans, volunteer hours. You have given TCA the support and responsibility to begin planning for NATC 2019!