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CROWDRISE : Nov 03, 2013
Tax ID: 95-4476494
BASED: Culver City, CA, United States



Our Mission

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Kayamanan Ng Lahi Philippine Folk Arts is a critically acclaimed non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, California. Under the leadership of Joel Jacinto, Barbara Ele and Ave Jacinto, Kayamanan is committed to presenting, promoting and preserving the richness and diversity of Philippine culture through dance and music, to educate, entertain and enlighten. Kayamanan's artistic approach is based on anthropological research, resulting in a strong and appropriate translation between traditional folk and folkloric Philippine dance and music forms and styles - from the village to the stage. Noted for its extensive dance repertoire, costumes and music ensembles. Kayamanan has received numerous accolades including L.A. Times' description of one of the group's concert as " ...consistently exciting and a triumph of enlightened cultural preservation."​

In addition to performing and holding weekly workshops, Kayamanan also plays a leadership role in providing technical assistance, training and consultation, instruction and planning of innovative and culturally appropriate performances and programs in folk dance to many student and community folk dance groups across the United States. Kayamanan's many other accomplishments include being in the feature in the film "The Debut", organizing the nationwide Philippine Dance Gathering and Workshop Conferences, sponsoring specialized dance and music workshops, providing extended study courses in Philippine dance and conducting field research trips to the Philippines.

Since its inception in 1990, Kayamanan has maintained a consistent level of cultural, artistic and administrative achievement and has developed and nurtured an extensive network of member participants, audiences, clients and networks within the folk dance scene in Los Angeles and throughout California. Over 500 public and private performances have reached thousands in settings ranging from self-produced dance concerts, citywide festivals, community events, and private functions to school-based activities.

Kayamanan has been cited for outstanding leadership by the Los Angeles City Council, Philippine Consulate General and has forged strong collaborative relationships with Philippine-based dance experts such as Ramon A. Obusan, dance consultant for the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Nestor Jardin, Vice-President and Artistic Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Dr. Larry Gabao, President of the Philippine Folk Dance Society along with Dr. Ricardo Trimillos, ethnomusicologist professor and Chair of Asian Studies at the University of Hawaii. In the Southern California performing arts scene, the group is highly active in performing and has been consistently programmed by numerous museums (Getty, Fowler UCLA, Armand Hammer, Pacific Asia and Southwest) and mainstream arts presenters, including Fil-Am Arts (Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture), Community Arts Resources (CARS), California Plaza Presents, Dance Kaleidoscope, International Festival of Masks and others.

Tax ID: 95-4476494 •




Amount Raised:



5% Raised of $10,000 Goal