5:30–8:30 p.m. (tentative)
Can’t keep a beat? Like the idea of hitting things without getting in trouble? Want to master something you never thought you could? Then join us for a night of culture, laughter, and drumming. Taiko is formally defined as the Japanese art of playing percussion in a group, but Alan describes it as “51% music and 49% movement.” You’ll describe it as fun. All are welcome, especially those who think they’re not musically inclined, because we’re eager to put that false assumption to rest.
Academy Fellow Alan Núñez has worked as an administrator, evaluator, and teaching artist with various institutions, including New York City Opera, Juilliard, and the New York Philharmonic. He has presented at VSA Intersections at the Kennedy Center, and for the New York State Council on the Arts. As founder of Boundless Learners, Alan has worked in general and special-needs classrooms for more than fifteen years with DreamYard, Lifetime Arts, and Marquis Studios. He is on staff at Andover Bread Loaf, a summer workshop for students and progressively-minded educators, and has taught with them in India, Pakistan, and El Salvador. He was a National Endowment for the Arts scholar in July 2017. This is his eighth year teaching at Academy of the City Charter School in Woodside, Queens.