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Saturday, April 4, 2020

CANCELLED: Smithsonian Museum Day


UPDATE (3/13/20): Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2020 will not take place on April 4.

As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings through May 3. We appreciate your understanding.


Free admission to JANM all day!

In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, JANM is offering FREE admission all day as part of the annual Smithsonian magazine Museum Day event.

Thursday, March 26, 2020
6:00 PM—8:00 PM

CANCELLED: Artists at Borders: A Conversation Led by Jonathan Ryan



Join RAICES CEO and President Jonathan Ryan and other featured heroes of the exhibition, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, for a critical discussion on and artistic performances about how art can inspire social and political change at borders, both visible and invisible.

RAICES is a nonprofit agency that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. With legal services, social programs, bond assistance, and an advocacy team focused on changing the narrative around immigration in this country, RAICES is operating on the national frontlines of the fight for immigration rights.

This program is free but RSVPs are encouraged at the link below. We encourage you to arrive early to view Transcendients and our other exhibitions before the program.

Presented in partnership with RAICES.

In conjunction with the exhibition Transcendients: Heroes at Borders
Saturday, March 21, 2020

POSTPONED: Kollaboration EMPOWER Creative Leadership Conference



Please email if you would like to be notified when this event is rescheduled.

Saturday–Sunday, March 21–22

The Kollaboration EMPOWER Conference is a two-day event where aspiring Asian Americans of all ages and professions gather to learn directly from some of the community’s most inspirational professionals. At EMPOWER, attendees will be able to explore a variety of creative career paths, industries, and best practices to apply to making their dreams a reality. This unique experience will bridge communities, generations, industries, and innovative minds.

Visit for more information and to register.

Thursday, March 19, 2020
3:30 PM—7:00 PM

POSTPONED: National Park Service Amache Special Resource Study Public Scoping Meetings



Please check the Amache Special Resource Study project page for updates on rescheduled meetings.

Two presentations will be offered, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

The National Park Service (NPS) announces the launch of a special resource study of the Granada Relocation Center, known as Amache. Congress authorized this study to evaluate its national significance and determine the suitability and feasibility of designating it as a unit of the national park system. The NPS would like to engage the public in discussions about Amache.

The purpose of the public meetings are to:

    1. Increase understanding of the study, why it’s conducted and the study process.

    2. For the NPS to learn from participants about resources and issues.

    3. For the NPS to hear participants' goals and vison for the study and outcomes.

For further information, see the National Park Service Amache Special Resource Study project page.

Saturday, March 7, 2020
2:00 PM—3:30 PM

Memory Crafting: How Do We Remember the Unspeakable, A Yonsei Perspective




Our community and cultural institutions, researchers, family members, artists, and many others have created priceless archives of Japanese American history. The effort to preserve, with tremendous contributions from many generations in our community, have given Yonsei, Gosei, and future generations important resources to learn and understand our community history, especially surrounding incarceration during World War II.

Once the stories are preserved and archives constructed, what comes next? What does it mean that youth (Yonsei and Gosei) of today in most families are the last generations to personally know survivors of concentration camps? How does the act of remembering collective history continue and/or change as it passes through generations?

This workshop will invite attendees to immerse themselves in acts of memory and memory crafts. “Memory crafting” are activities, exercises, and ways of constructing gatherings that help transform facts and knowledge of history into practices of memory. Presenter, Nikiko Masumoto, co-founder of Yonsei Memory Project (based in the Central Valley) will share insights from their three years of work.

This program is free in conjunction with the Transcendients Community Celebration: Challenging Borders event, but space is limited so RSVPs are strongly encouraged at the link below.

This workshop is now full. If you are attending the Transcendients Community Celebration and are interested in participating in the workshop, please check at the Nerio Education Center at 1:45 p.m. to see if any spaces are available.

Read Discover Nikkei’s interview with Nikiko Masumoto about the Yonsei Memory Project.

In the Nerio Education Center

Saturday, February 15, 2020
2:00 PM—4:00 PM

2020 Los Angeles Day of Remembrance—Democracy in Crisis: 1942 and 2020


If you missed the program, you can watch it online on JANM’s YouTube channel.



Day of Remembrance commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942. Executive Order 9066 authorized the military to remove and incarcerate persons of Japanese ancestry into American concentration camps. The theme for this year’s Day of Remembrance event is Democracy in Crisis: 1942 and 2020, exploring how democracy has been tested in both the past and present in the US.

Dr. Satsuki Ina, writer, activist, psychotherapist, and co-founder of Tsuru for Solidarity, will share about her work on the long-term impact of collective and historic trauma and of mobilizing to protest current policies that echo and reverberate the racism and hate so resonant of the historical Japanese American incarceration.

Admission to this event and the museum are both pay-what-you-wish on this day. RSVPs are strongly encouraged using the link below.

Please be aware that due to high attendance for this program, doors will open at 1:15 p.m. Those who have made reservations in advance will be given priority entry and seating until 1:45 p.m. when all extra spaces will be released. All seating is on a first come, first serve basis. Seating is not guaranteed. Overflow seating with a livestream of the program will be available for guests until capacity is reached. For those without RSVPs, there will be a stand-by line.

Presented in partnership with Go For Broke National Education Center, Japanese American Citizens League–Pacific Southwest District, Kizuna, Manzanar Committee, Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, Nikkei Progressives, Organization of Chinese Americans–Greater Los Angeles, and Progressive Asian Network for Action.


In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall




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