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Calendar of Events — April 2017

All programs are free for JANM members and free with admission for non-members, unless otherwise noted. Events are subject to change.

Reservations are recommended for most programs; you may use the links below. You may also RSVP by emailing rsvp@janm.org or calling 213.625.0414 at least 48 hours in advance. Please indicate the name, date, and time of the program, as well as your name and the number of people in your party. (RSVPs are not accepted for Family Festivals). For all ticketed events (classes, workshops, food tours, etc.), pre-payment is required to hold your space. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance or no refund will be issued.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Moving Day

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March 23 – August 11, 2017
Daily from sunset to midnight

In conjunction with the exhibition Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066, JANM presents Moving Day, an outdoor public art installation. The work consists of a series of projections of the Civilian Exclusion Orders that were publicly posted during World War II to inform persons of Japanese ancestry of their impending forced removal and incarceration. Each projection will coincide with the 75th anniversary date of the specific exclusion order. Projections will take place on the facade of the museum’s Historic Building, the site of Los Angeles’s first Buddhist temple and a pickup point for Japanese Americans bound for concentration camps during World War II.

For a schedule of related programs, visit janm.org/instructions-to-all/movingday.

Little Tokyo Service Center is a community partner and supporter of Moving Day.

Saturday, April 1, 2017
9:30 AM—10:30 AM

Mottainai Yoga with traci

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Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste.

Participants can expect the one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as strength-building standing and balancing poses. All classes are gentle, uplifting, and intended for participants of all ages. Come explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

Bring your own mat and props. Limited to 20 participants per class. $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included.

Saturday, April 1, 2017
10:30 AM

Members Only Exhibition Tour: Instructions to All Persons

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Join exhibition curator Clement Hanami, JANM’s Vice President of Operations/Art Director, for an in-depth gallery tour.

Limited to 25 members; reservations are required. RSVP to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

Saturday, April 1, 2017
12:30 PM

Performance—Residence Elsewhere

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In conjunction with the exhibition Instructions to All Persons, East West Players Theatre for Youth has developed a special play exploring the effects of the World War II incarceration.

Free with museum admission. No RSVP necessary. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Saturday, April 1, 2017
1:00 PM

Common Ground Exhibition Tour

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Tour the ongoing exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community with JANM’s knowledgeable docents.

Free with museum admission.

In conjunction with the exhibition Common Ground: The Heart of Community
Saturday, April 8, 2017
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: Celebrate Japanese American History

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FREE ALL DAY

Learn about Japanese American history and actor/activist George Takei with crafts and activities inspired by our exhibitions, Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066 and New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei.

Presented in collaboration with Kizuna.

 

ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:

  • Kizuna Craft Stations
    Get a head start on Kodomo no hi (Children’s Day, May 5) with our partnering organization, Kizuna. They will teach participants to make koinobori (carp streamers) and origami samurai hats.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner
    Learn to fold beautiful origami bird pins, much like the ones that were made by incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II.

  • Drawing Activity
    When Japanese Americans were sent to camps during WWII, they were allowed to take only what they could carry. What would you put into your suitcase? Draw a few of your favorite things onto our paper suitcases.

  • JANM x Kizuna Photo Booth
    What does America mean to you? Tell us by making a slogan or sign and posing with it in our photo booth, brought to you by Nerdbot.

  • Comic Book Education
    Learn about famous Japanese Americans the fun way! Assemble and take home a special mini-comic book created by the Smithsonian Institution about the lives of former US Secretary of Transportation (and current Chair of JANM’s Board of Trustees) Norman Y. Mineta and civil rights activists Fred Korematsu and Yuri Kochiyama.

  • Paper Puppets
    Make a paper puppet of your favorite notable Japanese American, or other personal hero. Templates will be available.

  • Passport Travel
    View New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei and complete the passport we give you. Show your completed passport to a volunteer at the survey table to claim a prize! Limit one prize per person, while supplies last.
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    SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES:

    11:30 a.m. • 1:30 p.m. • 2:30 p.m. • 3:30 p.m.: Story Time
    Throughout the day, volunteers from JANM and Kizuna will read stories that share the Japanese American experience.

    Stories will include:

    1 p.m.–4 p.m.: Spam Musubi Workshop
    Volunteers from Kizuna will lead a drop-in workshop on how to create this delicious and uniquely Japanese American treat. While supplies last!

     

    Plus, free admission all day to see:

  • Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066

  • New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei

  • Only the Oaks Remain: The Story of Tuna Canyon Detention Station

  • Common Ground: The Heart of Community
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    In conjunction with the exhibition New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei
    Saturday, April 8, 2017
    12:30 PM

    Performance—Residence Elsewhere

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    In conjunction with the exhibition Instructions to All Persons, East West Players Theatre for Youth has developed a special play exploring the effects of the World War II incarceration.

    Free with museum admission. No RSVP necessary. Space is limited; first come, first served.

    Sunday, April 9, 2017

    Display Closing: Only the Oaks Remain

    Saturday, April 15, 2017
    9:30 AM—10:30 AM

    Mottainai Yoga with traci

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    Roughly translated, mottainai means “don’t be wasteful” in Japanese. In this yoga and meditation workshop for all levels, certified yoga instructor traci ishigo invites participants to harness their own inner energy to prevent body, mind, and spirit from going to waste.

    Participants can expect the one-hour class to be both restorative and invigorating, with opportunities to practice deep stretches as well as strength-building standing and balancing poses. All classes are gentle, uplifting, and intended for participants of all ages. Come explore the many health benefits of yoga and meditation!

    Bring your own mat and props. Limited to 20 participants per class. $8 members, $10 non-members. Museum admission included.

    Saturday, April 15, 2017
    10:30 AM

    Members Only Exhibition Tour: New Frontiers

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    Join exhibition curator Jeff Yang for an exclusive gallery tour. Limited to 25 members; reservations are required.

    This tour has reached capacity; no additional reservations can be accepted.

    In conjunction with the exhibition New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei
    Saturday, April 15, 2017
    11:00 AM—4:00 PM

    Santa Anita Assembly Center Reunion

    On the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Santa Anita Assembly Center, JANM and the Santa Anita Assembly Center Committee present a reunion and a public remembrance.

    Following the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 and President Roosevelt’s issuance of Executive Order 9066, which paved the way for the mass incarceration of 120,000 persons of Japanese ancestry living along the West Coast, the detainees were first sent to makeshift assembly centers while the remote concentration camps were being prepared for their arrival. Santa Anita Assembly Center utilized the grounds, parking lots, and horse stalls at Santa Anita Park to hold nearly 19,000 individuals, who had been living as far north as San Jose and as far south as San Diego, in unspeakable conditions for five months.

    The event at JANM, which is open to the public and includes a lunch and a program, will bring together surviving detainees, their families, and their descendants’ families, whose lives became forever entwined as a result of their shared experiences at Santa Anita between March 27 and October 27, 1942.

    $30 per person. Seating is limited and will be first come, first served. To make a reservation, please contact committee members June Aochi Berk at juneaochiberk@me.com or 818.400.3273, or Colleen Miyano at miyanofam5@aol.com or 310.908.7508.

    Presented in partnership with the Santa Anita Assembly Center Committee.

    Thursday, April 20, 2017
    6:30 PM—7:30 PM

    Moving Day program presented by Visual Communications

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    FREE

    Each night through August 11, from sunset to midnight, Moving Day presents outdoor projections of Civilian Exclusion Order posters, which were issued during World War II to inform persons of Japanese ancestry of their impending forced removal and incarceration. The date of each projection will coincide with the original issue date of the order being projected. Projections take place on the façade of the museum’s Historic Building.

    Before tonight’s projections begin, join us for a special program presented by Visual Communications. Watch short video works from Digital Histories, a video production program created by Visual Communications that gives voice to ethnic-minority seniors from the Los Angeles, Asian Pacific American community. Seniors are particularly marginalized, and a major outcome of this project is the development of a unique voice from each program participant. This program has been compiled by program participant, and Little Tokyo resident Stephen Nagano and will include videos focused on the World War II incarceration.

    For a complete schedule of Moving Day programs, visit janm.org/instructions-to-all/movingday.

    Friday, April 21, 2017
    12:15 PM—1:15 PM

    Members Only Learning at Lunch: The George & Brad Takei Collection

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    In September 2016, actor and activist George Takei gifted JANM with his personal collection, some of which is on display in New Frontiers: The Many World of George Takei. Join JANM collections staff as they explore artifacts that did not make it into the show, offering intimate insights into Takei’s unique life.

    Space is limited; RSVP by April 17 to memberevents@janm.org or 213.830.5646.

    In conjunction with the exhibition New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei
    Friday, April 28, 2017

    33rd Annual Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival

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    Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30

    Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, once again brings the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival to JANM for a series of special event screenings and select encores of festival favorites. In many cases, filmmakers will be on hand to participate in Q&A sessions with audiences, adding a uniquely intimate element to the experience.

    Celebrating its 33rd edition in 2017, the festival will bring the best and brightest of new Asian Pacific American cinema to Little Tokyo audiences. For information and to purchase tickets, visit vconline.org/festival. JANM members are eligible for discounts.

    Note: entire festival runs April 27–May 4; screenings at JANM take place April 28–30.

    Saturday, April 29, 2017

    C3: The Conference for Creative Content

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    Saturday, April 29 – Sunday, April 30

    Presented by Visual Communications, the nation’s premier Asian Pacific American media arts center, as part of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, C3 is a two-day media arts conference dedicated to providing the APA creative community with a space for meaningful discourse on media and entertainment.

    Panels and seminars feature established pioneers in entertainment, academia, and professional guilds. Topics covered will include new media technologies, media platforms, and distribution. C3 celebrates creativity and diversity by connecting aspiring and emerging content creators with seasoned individuals leading the charge.

    For details and to purchase tickets, visit festival.vconline.org/c3-conference.

    Saturday, April 29, 2017
    10:15 AM—12:15 PM

    Little Tokyo Walking Tour

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    Relive history and learn about present-day Little Tokyo with JANM docents.

    $12 members, $15 non-members. Museum admission included. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Weather permitting. Limited to 20 participants.

     

     

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