Inyo Council for the Arts press release

In Bishop and Lone Pine

We are excited to again present Community Art Days in communities across Inyo

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Our first two events are Saturday, October 13th at the Bishop City Park, and Sunday,
October 14th at the County Park in Lone Pine!

Events take place from noon to 6:00pm and include hands-on arts and crafts activities,
workshops, live music, artist booths, and food vendors.

ICA is recruiting artists, vendors, and volunteers
for these events!
These events support our local communities and we encourage individuals, businesses,
and organizations from each community to participate as vendors, artists, and

For more information and to learn how to participate, visit or contact ICA at 760-873-8014 / [email protected]

Inyo Council for the Arts Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Grant to support Community Art Days

INYO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA — The National Endowment for the Arts is awarding Inyo Council for the Arts a $10,000 grant to support Community Art Days across the county in 2018 and 2019.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is committed to ensuring all Americans have access to the arts, whether they are in a small or large, rural or urban area,” said NEA Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “We are proud to support organizations such as Inyo Council for the Arts that are providing opportunities for more people to experience and engage in the arts in their communities.”

“Community Art Days were a big hit in 2017 – with events being held in Lone Pine, Independence, Big Pine, and Bishop.” Said Lynn Cooper, ICA Executive Director.  “These events supported artists, teachers, performers, businesses, and volunteers from each of these communities. We are excited to present these events once again in 2018/19 with additional support from the NEA.”

Inyo Council for the Arts (ICA) is a non-profit community-based organization that advances the arts in Inyo County through participation, education, and collaboration. Art enriches lives, creates a language that connects all people, and celebrates diverse cultures and historical heritages. ICA provides venues for artists to perform and share their work, and for the community to gather in appreciation of the arts.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit to learn more about NEA.


Kyodo Taiko (響童太鼓) is the first collegiate taiko group to form in North America, founded in 1990 by Mark Honda under UCLA’s Nikkei Student Union (NSU). We work to promote the art of Japanese-American taiko drumming within the UCLA and surrounding communities while instilling within the community a sense of respect and understanding of the Japanese-American culture.

Kyodo Taiko Team Picture

Kyodo performs for the UCLA and Southern California Japanese American communities every year, including UCLA basketball halftime shows, addresses by UCLA chancellor Gene D. Block, the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival, and annual Manzanar Pilgrimage. In recent years, they have performed at a Clippers Halftime Show, collaborated with the dance group Culture Shock LA, and were featured in musician LP’s “Tokyo Sunrise” music video. We also perform at UCLA NSU’s annual Cultural Nights and host an annual Spring Concert on the UCLA campus.

Comprised entirely of college students, Kyodo Taiko is in a perpetual state of turnover and transition, with no fixed sensei. As most new members have no prior experience, it is a priority that all members cooperatively learn the different aspects and traditions of taiko, along with those of the group, in a very short period of time. In a fast-paced, peer-driven environment, there is a sense of freedom to experiment and explore new ideas and aspects of taiko with little reservation; nearly all of Kyodo Taiko’s pieces are either written or arranged by its members, with new ones created every year.

Kyodo has two meanings – one being “family, “ and the other, literally, “loud children.” Striving to live up to its name, Kyodo Taiko functions as a family or loud children, sharing the joy and spirit of taiko with more and more of the surrounding community each year.


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