Bring family and friends for fun-filled days of exciting workshops, cultural performances, and unique craft activities.
JANM Free Family Days: We Love LA
FREE ALL DAY
In conjunction with Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo, JANM presents a family-friendly day celebrating the diverse mix of cultures that make up Los Angeles.
ALL DAY ACTIVITIES:
Create your own cherry blossom mobile to hang in your home, inspired by Prunusplastus, Erica Kaminishi’s stunning homage to Japan’s famous cherry blossom season.
What pictures or designs would you put on your lunchbox? Take a look at Shizu Saldamando’s cool drawings of her friends’ lunchboxes, then decorate a box that reflects your own style!
Artists like Eduardo Tokeshi and Yuriko Rojas Moriyama use flags in their work as a commentary on identity. Design a flag that represents your identity while learning more about the flag of the City of Los Angeles.
In honor of Dia de los Muertos (Mexico’s Day of the Dead), learn to fold origami calaveras (decorative skulls) and embellish them.
Celebrate by writing a note of appreciation to a veteran, which JANM will deliver to the nearby VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center.
11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Kidding Around the Kitchen
Make healthy fusion lettuce wraps with Lisa Fontanesi of Kidding Around the Kitchen. While supplies last.
11:15 a.m. • 12:30 p.m.: Story Time
Listen to traditional tales from Latin America told in a dynamic mix of English and Spanish by Olga Loya. (Each story time lasts 20–25 minutes.)
11:30 a.m. • 12 p.m. • 1 p.m. • 1:30 p.m.: Ichiro Irie Artist Workshop
Exhibiting artist Ichiro Irie along with collaborator Aska Irie will lead a 2D mixed-media workshop in which participants will create their own collage and tempera painting. Limit 25 participants per session; first come, first served.
2 p.m.–3 p.m.: CONTRA-TIEMPO Dance Workshop
Join multilingual urban Latin dance theater company CONTRA-TIEMPO for one of their popular Sabor Sessions. Participants will learn Afro-Latin social dance forms such as salsa suelta and Cuban comparsa. No dance experience needed—just come with an open heart and a willingness to move!
3:30 p.m.–4 p.m.: Musical Performance by Roger Del Norte, Lupita Infante, and MEXICAPAN
Bring the day to a lyrical close with a mariachi jam session from Japanese singer Roger Del Norte, Downey native Lupita Infante, and the group MEXICAPAN.
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Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.