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FY 2014-2015 REPORT: 200 DONORS & $15K GRANTED

Our first year: 200 donors and 4 grantees!

 
 

The team met in LA (in real life and virtually!), to decide upon the grantees for FY 2015-2016.  23 organizations located within the three remaining Japantowns in California applied for grant funding – out of the 23, four received top votes by the Donors and Members.

 
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San Jose Taiko

Community Taiko Intensive

NGNF supported San Jose Taiko based in San Jose's Japantown with a $5,000 grant for their Community Taiko Intensive program focused on collegiate taiko players, who represent a significant portion of the future practitioners of the taiko art form in North America. Access to a specialized CTI deepens the understanding of San Jose Taiko's philosophy, performance style, and community roots. 

ELLEN, MATT AND TAMIKO WITH SAN JOSE TAIKO'S WISA UEMURA

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Sean, Stacy, Little Tokyo COMMUNITY COUNCIL'S KRISTIN FUKUSHIMA and Kim

LITTLE TOKYO COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Sustainable Little Tokyo Program

NGNF supported Little Tokyo Community Council's Sustainable Little Tokyo (SLT) with a $5,000 grant. SLT is a community-led project building a more just and sustainable community that remains the historic and cultural center for the JA community. Responding to gentrification and other threats, SLT builds a resilient community with thriving small businesses and environmentally-conscious community development, while grounding work and future in the cultural and historic roots of the JA community.

 
 

JAPANESE COMMUNITY YOUTH COUNCIL

Nikkei Community Internship Program

NGNF supported the Japanese Community Youth Council (JCYC) with a $2,500 grant for the Nikkei Community Internship Program (going on now!), which offers college students an opportunity to obtain experience supporting the work of various community organizations in and around the 3 historic Japantowns, while increasing their understanding of contemporary issues affecting Japanese and Japanese Americans.

JCYC'S ERIKA TAMURA, JON OSAKI, LAUREN MORIMOTO WITH RYAN, Haruka and Kiyomi

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KIM, SEAN, TUESDAY NIGHT PROJECT'S TRACI KATO-KIRIYAMA AND STACY

TUESDAY NIGHT PROJECT

Tuesday Night Cafe

NGNF is a proud supporter of TNP (Tuesday Night Project) and the Tuesday Night Cafe, a free/donation-based multidisciplinary Asian American art series featuring 5-6 curated performance sets and 3 open mic slots along with visual art, vendor, and community organization highlights. The shows welcome people to their outdoor venue in Little Tokyo and serve as an opportunity for artists, organizers, and audiences to meet in an art+community-focused environment. Their $2,500 grant will provide a public service for artists to develop their work, audiences to experience it, and organizations to serve their target populations.

 
 
 

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