AIRMW Dojo Project – Extended through 2021

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, our Dojo Project has been extended through 2021. The timeline has been shifted for a move-in date of fall 2021, as we work to survive as a performing arts-based organization during shelter-in-place and social distancing measures. Our search for a new home will continue as soon as it is safe for us to do so. In the meantime, we are still gratefully accepting donations for the Dojo Project and extend our gratitude to the supporters who have already given us financial support. Thank you for your continued support and please stay well.

Asian Improv aRts Midwest (AIRMW) builds a vital, self-empowered Asian American community in the Chicago area by maintaining traditional practices and incorporating them into modern compositions—keeping traditions alive while informing new works with an underlying artistic value. As we consider the sustainability of our organization and cultural mission, we are moving forth with our Capital Campaign to officially fund our move to our new dojo.

We at AIRMW must raise $120,000 in capital funds to engage a new space and facilitate the moving process. This funding will cover the following needs:

  •  Deposit on a new lease and dual rent throughout the move
  •  Custom build-out of our new space, including some construction and painting requirements
  •  Installation of special flooring for dance rehearsal and performance
  •  Secure storage for instruments, stands, and other essential equipment
  •  A new communications infrastructure
  •  Moving expenses

We aim to achieve our fundraising goal in multiple phases. In fall 2019 AIRMW launched our Capital Campaign “DOJO PROJECT 2020” with Phase I, working to raise $45,000 from our Chicago community by January 31, 2020 (we will continue to look for donations until May 31, 2020). We recognize that this will be a monumental effort, and we need to marshal the support of our artistic community to set this ambitious campaign in motion. We need your help to reach the full breadth of our community members as we raise these necessary funds.

* As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, our campaign project has been extended through 2021, with a new expected move-in date of Fall 2021.

AIRMW Donor Benefits

Any donor who gives $100+ will have the opportunity to have their name permanently listed on our Capital Campaign Donor Wall in AIRMW’s new space. Additionally, donors can take advantage of the following annual donor benefits:



Small chamber ensemble (shamisen or jazz) performance, at the location of your choice
—– Value of $850 —–



VIP backstage pass to Taiko Legacy for rehearsals, tickets and preferential seating at Taiko Legacy or Reduction, and an invitation to the after-party*
—– Value of $400 —–



Private taiko, Japanese dance or shamisen lesson for you and up to 6 of your friends at AIRMW’s dojo
—– Value of $200 —–



Metal plaque with the name of your choice on a taiko
—– priceless —–



Kimono Photoshoot:
A formal kimono fitting by our Grandmaster followed by a photoshoot
—– Value of $150—–



DOJO PROJECT 2020 tote bag and choice of:

  • t-shirt
  • CD
  • LP
—– Value of $20 —–



DOJO PROJECT 2020 tote bag
—– Value of $10 —–

DOJO PROJECT 2021: Donation Form

$41,380 of $45,000 raised
Thank you for supporting AIRMW’s Capital Campaign to help us move into our new dojo! Please provide the following information and hit “Submit Answers” before making your donation.
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Dojo Project 2021 Donation Form
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Donation Total: $20.00