The Santa Barbara Bowl, in collaboration with the Children’s Creative Project, is set to host more than 4,400 local public school students for two short educational musical presentations on Monday, April 9 at 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. As part of the Bowl’s performing arts Education Outreach initiative, students will get to experience high-energy performances of Japanese taiko drumming by performers from the Taiko Center of Los Angeles.
Founded by Reverend Tom Kurai in 1996, the Taiko Center of Los Angeles works to preserve the art of Japanese taiko drumming in the community by holding classes, workshops, and shows. Together, the group has performed over 2,000 times across Southern California.
“These special performances are the result of wonderful collaborations between organizations dedicated to providing diverse art and cultural opportunities for children and families,” says Susan Salcido, Santa Barbara County superintendent of schools. “We are grateful for the commitment of the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, the City of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture to increase access to art and culture and make this extraordinary opportunity available to so many of our students.”
The Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation Education Outreach, part of the Bowl’s core mission, reaches 20,000 touch-points with students each year and provides funding to artists, schools, and nonprofit arts programs to advance performing arts education in the Santa Barbara community. The Bowl thanks two generous donors who have helped make this event possible: Elizabeth and Kenny Slaught, for generously underwriting all performance costs, and Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture, for providing a grant to assist with the costs of bus transportation.
Please note that the two performances are not open to the public. For more information, or to attend this event, please contact Kai Tepper at Santa Barbara Bowl Education Outreach: firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Jessica Morelli