06/25/09

Rex Grant Helps the Arts, the Artists and the Community

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Rex Foundation board member Freddy Hahne says:

Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda, California was recently founded by friends  I met through participating in San Francisco’s annual Saint Stupid Day Parade over the past 30 years.  While the phrase “Saint Stupid” may conjure an interesting image, participants include the cream of the crop of Bay Area performance artists, activists, creative thinkers and artists. Among them are principals from  Maze Daiko and the San Francisco Mime Troupe, Janet Koike and Ed Holmes respectively.

<br />Rhythmix founder Janet Koike is also a member of the Taiko drumming company Maze Daiko.
Rhythmix founder Janet Koike is also a member of the Taiko drumming company Maze Daiko.

The city of Alameda lacked a focal point for dance, music, performance and visual arts. Janet Koike realized the need, conceived the organization, and created the physical space to serve not only the city but the western Alameda County multi-cultural community.

Rhythmix Cultural Works provides not only an affordable space for exhibits and performances, but also the educational support for the arts. It was this focus that solidified my support from Rex. We provided a grant to Rhythmix Cultural Works focused on the education aspect. The money goes to support artists who teach, who in turn provide to the community tutoring in many artistic genres. Support the arts and artists and community–it was an easy decision.

Janet Koike’s passion as a Taiko performer, her excellence as an artist, and connections to a broad and high-quality group of artists have made Rhythmix a good choice for a Rex Foundation grant. The community continues to be served well, as witnessed through the multi-lingual, multi-cultural, and multi-generational classes. Rhythmix Cultural Works in turn supports other non-profits in the community, providing a venue for meetings and events. We are honored and delighted to be associated with Rhythmix Cultural Works.

Janet recently sent me this update:

<br />Rhythmix Cultural Works used some of its grant from Rex to offer a free Valentine-making workshop for families in the community.
Rhythmix Cultural Works used some of its grant from Rex to offer a free Valentine-making workshop for families in the community.

I’ve been meaning to share this webpage with you.  And here are some photos of the last workshop.

This shows how we spent the generous funding Rex Foundation gave us.  It was spread over six workshops and went to seven artists.  We actually still have a little left, and will add more to this page when we present more workshops.

Please share this with Rex Foundation, along with a huge thanks.  The money enabled us not only to outreach to families in the community, but gave us support to do the work we need to do.

All workshops were well attended.  The word Free seems to be a key.  We learned that after the first try.

And a special thanks to you, who do so much for the ARTS.  You are one of the Champions!!!!!

Janet

Rhythmix Cultural Works


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