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Meet Mudita America Inc. of Mount Vernon-Belvedere

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mudita America Inc.. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Muditā (मुदिता) is a joy that comes from delighting in other people’s happiness. Mudita started from the vision of the music conductor Ryo Hasegawa in 2019. He pondered his future as a musician and began a discussion among close friends and friends of those friends. The conclusions are refined down to simple facts. Among the honor and prestige in the arts, a broad stroke was missing from the picture. That picture was empathy and connection. We believe art is an essential tool for people to live harmoniously with others. Art is beautiful. The world that art-making creates explores beyond the boundaries of basic human communication and eliminates the duality of the universe.
Art is free. It does not possess right or wrong, and anybody can express their authentic self most diversely. This lack of empathy became even more apparent during the Covid-19 pandemic, where there was a lot of uncertainty about the continuation of art spaces. Orchestral halls were closing; restaurants were closing, and large productions like theatre plays, dance recitals, and operas could not open their doors. Some questions began to formulate as we all doom scrolled on our phones, tirelessly looking for answers:
“How many spaces do we have where people can closely connect to art?”
“Why are subjective activities like art and expression judged by people and given letter grades in the schools?”
“Why do people have a stereotype that art is formal, wealthy, and stiff?”
“Does our local community support artists?”
“Is a digital space enough?”

In a time when we had the most connection at our fingertips, isolation set into our hearts; therefore, the discussions mentioned above became a necessary reality. Mudita needed to become a tangible, living, breathing art collective and vision.

We took this project by the reins and published lecture-performances, bringing artists worldwide to the Japanese consciousness. Now we are expanding into the United States to share Mudita with America. Art connects people. Art is anything we don’t have to do. That’s why art is in our everyday life. That’s why art is for anybody. We want you to know that. And we are here to share in the diversity and accessibility of art. Art is a prime connection to the universe.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
As a corporation, we are continuing to grow. Our philosophy is to start as a grassroots movement. We recently registered as a Non-Profit Organization for our American branch, Mudita America Incorporated. The road has been smooth for us thus far, but we are actively seeking funding to execute our large-scale projects. We believe art-making can exist in almost any passion or space, and we hope to diversify the next concert you see, the next tasting you attend, and surprise you with the next performative art you see. We hope to bring empathy into creative spaces along the entire spectrum. Our dream is to expand the arts to anyone interested, and we will work tooth and nail to get there.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We want to open our doors to the world with the power of art. We specialize in bringing people from all walks of life together to experience joy and compassion. As a collective, we take pride in our inclusiveness and diversity. Whether in a concert program, a collaboration, or representing a new artist or art form, we will let the voices of great artists resonate with our fans and participants.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
The creation of Mudita America Inc. would not be possible without its founding members and artists. We thank our founders, Ryo Hasegawa, Quinn Delaney, and Joseph Ehrenpreis. We would like to thank our current roster members: Jacqueline Kumer, Ramilya Saubanova, Jay Julio, and Kyoko Caulfield. As part of our first public show in Baltimore, MD, we had a cast of amazing composers from around the world. We congratulate and thank Charlie Chaoli Sun, Réya Wahab, Thomas J. Flippin, Ivana Radovanovic, Taiwo Adegoke, and Max Vinetz. We would also like to thank Henry Wong for supporting our vision and artists at An Die Musik and hosting our first public concert, “Music from Around the Globe.”


  • $100 donation – we will add your name as a special thank you to our website
  • $1000 donation – a personalized thank you on Mudita America Inc. programs
  • $10,000 donation – lifetime free attendance to any Mudita America Inc. concert or event

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