KPCC Story on the NEA features Team Taiko

Making Music Makes A Community

Grand Vision's Executive Director, Liz Schindler Johnson spoke with KPCC's Priska Neely about Team Taiko, our transformative music engagement program. Liz also spoke in detail about the importance of NEA grants to small arts organizations such as Grand Vision. The story aired on Tuesday March 14. Watch it or read it here.

Team Taiko is Grand Vision Foundation’s signature community engagement program for adult English Language Learners. We believe in creating unique opportunities for people to come together to try something new, engage in their community in a novel way, and in enhancing acculturation for new arrivals through fun and music. The students will have the opportunity to show what they have learned on May 19 at the Grand Annex, Grand Vision's performance space. They will open for the innovative drum ensemble, LA Taiko Institute, who will be performing stunning choreographed original and traditional pieces led by Kris Bergstrom and Yuta Kato. Tickets can be purchased at

Original support for Team Taiko came from The James Irvine Foundation’s Community Engagement grant. Additional support from The National Endowment for the Arts and California Community Foundation has allowed us to strengthen the project. You can help us continue this real community engagement program through 2017 by clicking here! 


Article Posted: 3/22/2017