North American Guqin Association
About the North American Guqin Association
The North American Guqin Association (NAGA) is a nonprofit cultural arts organization dedicated to the public presentation, preservation and development of the art of the guqin , spreading community appreciation of Chinese culture through the traditional art of the guqin and building a bridge for cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the Chinese and American communities.
NAGA was founded in 1997 by internationally known guqin player Wang Fei and her two sisters, and is the only organization in the state whose sole purpose is the development of public programs designed to encourage increased levels of appreciation and awareness of guqin music. Recent NAGA activities include guqin productions, presentations, workshops, concerts, lectures, cultural gatherings, and conferences. In 2002, NAGA collaborated with the People's Daily, the largest online media organization in China , to present the first ever online concert. This helped the guqin to be declared by UNESCO in 2003 as a part of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. In February 2005, NAGA collaborated with the Asian Art Museum to present a full month program “Scholarly Arts of China”. In 2007, NAGA promoted the “ Guqin Day” project to local cities, as a result of which the city of Milpitas proclaimed the world's first Guqin Day on June 19. NAGA frequently invites guest presenters and performers to its events to expand its mission to bring China 's cultural heritage to local communities.
NAGA is recognized as a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service.
NAGA continues to play a leading role in the U.S. in fostering links between people interested in the guqin arts and in bringing awareness and appreciation of the guqin and related Chinese arts to the American public. Its website at www.guqin.org provides information about the guqin and the organization.
Please subscribe to the following NAGA social networks to stay tuned for incoming news and events:
1. NAGA: http://www.guqin.org
2. NAGA E-Newsletter: http://www.chineseculture.net/guqin/joinus.html
3. Twitter: http://twitter.com/nagaguqin
4. Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/chineseculture
5. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/guqin
6. LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=2681353
7. Sina Weibo: http://weibo.com/nagaguqin
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|The Patsy Lu Fund and
the Shanghai Association of N. California