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JANM Free Family Days

Bring family and friends for fun-filled days of exciting workshops, cultural performances, and unique craft activities.


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Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 12, 2018
11:00 AM—4:00 PM

JANM Free Family Days: Identity, My-dentity



Join us for a celebration of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month and JANM’s exhibition, – 15 years of the hapa project. Crafts, performances, storytelling, and other activities will explore themes of identity and personal heritage.


  • Koinobori Kite: Color and put together a koinobori (carp kite), a traditional symbol of We’re also commemorating Kodomo no hi—Children’s Day in Japan.

  • Kabuto (Samurai Hat): Fold a samurai hat out of newspaper, another symbol of Children’s Day.

  • Identity Bento: Make your own colorful bento box by drawing in foods that are part of your culture or just among your favorites.

  • Diorama: Make a tiny self-portrait diorama that is all about you.

  • Button Making: Design a small button to show off your individuality.

  • Ruthie’s Origami Corner: Fold a paper heart to share with someone.


    11:15 a.m.–12 p.m.: Storytelling Theater
    Multicultural theater troupe We Tell Stories performs Proud to Be Me, a series of interactive stories geared toward reinforcing self-esteem. Reserved seating for members.

    12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.: Poetry Writing Workshop
    Spoken word artists and community organizers Stephanie Sajor and Eddy M. Gana, together known as Steady, will help you learn to express yourself through poetry.

    1 p.m.–2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Amy Tangerine Scrapbook Workshop
    Create colorful pages that save and share your memories in this scrapbooking workshop with Amy Tangerine. Bringing photos from home is optional. Mini booklets will be supplied. Space is limited; please sign up at the information table. Reserved seating for members.

    2 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: Improv with Cold Tofu
    Enjoy a performance by Cold Tofu as they improvise scenes and games based on audience suggestions. Reserved seating for members.

    3 p.m.–3:30 p.m.: Infinite Flow Dance
    Infinite Flow – An Inclusive Dance Company and Infinite Flow Kids will perform and invite families to dance along with them. Reserved seating for members.

    JANM Free Family Day: Identity, My-dentity is presented in partnership with Kizuna. American Sign Language interpreters will be present for select performances.

    Saturday, August 18, 2018
    11:00 AM—5:00 PM

    Natsumatsuri Family Festival



    Please note new date!

    Join us for our annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities.

  • Musical performances

  • Free souvenir photos at our happi coat photo booth

  • Free samples of saataa andaagii (Okinawan deep-fried pastries)

  • Basic taiko drumming and bon odori dance lessons

  • Fun crafts including origami and the ever-popular Natsumatsuri paper hats

  • JANM Members Only reserved seating and express lines

  • Free admission all day to see – 15 years of the hapa project and Common Ground: The Heart of Community.

  • …and more!

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    Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

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