Island Arts Workshops

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Rhythmix Island Arts Concert and Workshop Series Taiko Drumming

Since 2010, RCW has produced an Island Arts Concert and Workshop series, bringing the music and culture of islands around the world (Cuba, Japan, Puerto Rico, Tahiti, Indonesia, Hawaii and the U.S.) to the island of Alameda. In 2012, RCW received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to broaden and deepen the scope of its Island Arts Program. The grant enabled RCW to partner with two youth-serving organizations in Alameda, the Boys and Girls Club (ABGC), and Girls Inc. of the Island City (Girls Inc). Artists who were part of the Island Arts Festival were subsidized to teach free workshops at the two facilities, and youth plus family members from these two organizations were given the opportunity to attend and join in the evening performances of the artists at no cost as well.

Halau MakanaIn 2013, RCW offered free Island Arts workshops to youth at Girls Inc. and ABGC with Patrick Landeza, Halau Makana, Ensohza and Maze Daiko. RCW also offered free percussion demo/workshops with John Santos and invited both the Oakland and Alameda chapters of Girls Inc. participants to attend as well as students from ABGC, Alameda High School, Alameda Community Learning Center, Lincoln Middle School and the Encinal Highschool Jazz program. With many participants hailing from families with incomes below the federal poverty level, engaging in the Island Arts workshop series is often the first time that they have the opportunity to play a musical instrument. Attending a live performance is also a unique event in the lives of many of the youth and their families. This year, RCW will offer free Island Arts Workshops to its newest partner, the Alameda Music Project as well as Girls Inc. and ABGC.