Tufts alumna Misako Ono's documentary The Genki Spark is available online here! It's an incredibly moving look at what The Genki Spark does and why a group like theirs is so important. Launched in 2010 at the Boston Asian American Film Festival, they are the only multigenerational, pan-Asian, women's taiko troupe in the United States. While based in Boston, they have traveled around the US and to the UK to perform and host workshops. Locally they're known for hosting two annual events – their Making Women's History event (video from 2013 & 2014) and the Brookline Cherry Blossom Festival which they host with Brookline High School.
The Genki Spark just celebrated their 5th anniversary which is remarkable for a niche arts organization. Running a nonprofit is always challenging and even more so for arts and minority nonprofits. They're currently fundraising so they can continue their amazing work for another year. and are trying to reach $10,000 by Wednesday, December 16th. Any amount is appreciated! Details for how to donate are available on their website. If you don't have any spare cash you can still help by spreading the word on social media. Please help them reach their goal!