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Wednesday, August 28, 2019
7:30 PM—10:00 PM

Past Present: Conversations with the Future

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FREE, open to the public on the JANM Plaza

Wednesday–Friday, August 28–30 • 7:30 p.m.–10 p.m.

Pulling together the moving parts of her +LAB residency experience, traci kato-kiriyama—with home base JANM—presents a performance-installation utilizing large-scale projections and sound scapes of letters of the past in conversation with the present.

From sunset to 10 p.m. each night, the public can enjoy a loop of the projections and sound scape recorded from letters found in JANM’s Collections department as well as kato-kiriyama’s Tea & Letter Writing series and community engagements in collaboration with Cognate Collective. The letters are thread together by issues of family separation that surpass time and connect communities then, now, and into the future as we contemplate, discuss, and plot how we’ll elevate our active definitions of Solidarity, Community, and Home, in Little Tokyo and beyond.

Each night will host areas for tea drinking, letter writing, an interactive listening station produced by Cognate Collective, and live performance featuring kato-kiriyama with Residency collaborators, including Umi Hsu, Rino Kodama, Ally Vega, Linda Wei, Mya Worrell, and Kuniharu Yoshida.

Please note that live performances will vary each night. For details closer to each date, follow @traciakemi1 on Instagram.

+LAB is a bold initiative that allows Little Tokyo Service Center to join forces with artists and cultural institutions to find imaginative ways to empower the Little Tokyo community. A project of the Little Tokyo Service Center, in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum, Visual Communications, Japanese American Community and Cultural Center, and Sustainable Little Tokyo.

Thursday, August 22, 2019
5:00 PM—8:00 PM

Summer Respite: Tea & Letter Writing to the Future

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FREE

Do you miss the art of letter writing? Would you like to have the opportunity to write a letter to the future of Little Tokyo or to a future stakeholder of this community?

Gather with us in a relaxed atmosphere on JANM Plaza each Thursday of August to share tea, conversation, and write letters—with plenty of prompts provided by traci kato-kiriyama, Little Tokyo +LAB Artist-in-Residence.

Artist and tea enthusiast Linda Wei will be helping to serve tea and conversation prompts.

Sound-based ethnographer and artist Umi Hsu will be present for field recordings of the sessions and of those who would like to read aloud some of what they write—on their hopes and dreams for the future of Little Tokyo; the future of how we define “home,” “community” and “solidarity”; and for the future of how we practice what it means to be a “good friend” and a “good neighbor.”

All ages welcome to show up, drink some tea, and write some letters (participants can follow prompts or write on their own).

(Tea and paper/cards/stamps will be provided, free of charge. Feel free to bring a small snack to share!)

+LAB is a bold initiative that allows Little Tokyo Service Center to join forces with artists and cultural institutions to find imaginative ways to empower the Little Tokyo community. A project of the Little Tokyo Service Center, in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum, Visual Communications, Japanese American Community and Cultural Center, and Sustainable Little Tokyo.

Saturday, August 17, 2019
2:00 PM—5:00 PM

Crushing the Myth

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Crushing the Myth is a nationwide speaker series that features Asian Americans and allies as they share stories and perspectives to build an active community of leaders, thinkers, and influencers to move beyond the “Model Minority” label. Speakers/topics to be announced soon.

Early bird pricing (through August 9): $15
General admission: $20
Student (must show valid ID at door): $10

For more information and to purchase tickets, click on the link below.

Thursday, August 15, 2019
6:00 PM—8:00 PM

At First Site

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FREE

6 p.m.: Reception
7 p.m.: Program

See the historic heart of Little Tokyo—First Street North—through the eyes of artists and activists. Join us for a performance and the screening of two short documentaries about Little Tokyo’s resilient history of fighting displacement and why many call it home, including the West Coast premiere screening of Ken Honjo and Kuniharu Yoshida’s First Street North and Visual Communications’ 1970s: The Fight for Little Tokyo which recalls the redevelopment struggle and the fight for housing, services, equal pay, and the future of Little Tokyo through the accounts of Evelyn Yoshimura, Mark Masoka, David Monkawa, and Lucien Kubo.

The screening will be followed by an inter-generational panel of community organizers discussing Little Tokyo’s history of art and activism, which continue to this day through the fight for First Street North. The panelists are musician June Kuramoto (Hiroshima); photographer, director, community activist, and MANO YA co-owner Zen Sekizawa; +LAB Artist in Residence Amy Sanchez Arteaga of Cog•nate Collective; and nationally known community organizer activist and teaching artist Curlydynamite.

Join us in the lobby after the program to take your art into action with calligraphy with Japanese calligrapher and hip-hop dancer Kuniharu Yoshida and letter writing with multi-disciplinary artist, writer, actor, arts educator, and community organizer traci kato-kiriyama.

Learn how you can join the movement to stop the erasure of Little Tokyo and sustain our historic Japantown for future generations!

This program is presented in conjunction with At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America. It is free, but RSVPs are recommended. For more information about this program, please visit vcmedia.org/atfirstsite.

In the Tateuchi Democracy Forum

In conjunction with the exhibition At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America
Thursday, August 15, 2019
5:00 PM—8:00 PM

Summer Respite: Tea & Letter Writing to the Future

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FREE

Do you miss the art of letter writing? Would you like to have the opportunity to write a letter to the future of Little Tokyo or to a future stakeholder of this community?

Gather with us in a relaxed atmosphere on JANM Plaza each Thursday of August to share tea, conversation, and write letters—with plenty of prompts provided by traci kato-kiriyama, Little Tokyo +LAB Artist-in-Residence.

Artist and tea enthusiast Linda Wei will be helping to serve tea and conversation prompts.

Sound-based ethnographer and artist Umi Hsu will be present for field recordings of the sessions and of those who would like to read aloud some of what they write—on their hopes and dreams for the future of Little Tokyo; the future of how we define “home,” “community” and “solidarity”; and for the future of how we practice what it means to be a “good friend” and a “good neighbor.”

All ages welcome to show up, drink some tea, and write some letters (participants can follow prompts or write on their own).

(Tea and paper/cards/stamps will be provided, free of charge. Feel free to bring a small snack to share!)

+LAB is a bold initiative that allows Little Tokyo Service Center to join forces with artists and cultural institutions to find imaginative ways to empower the Little Tokyo community. A project of the Little Tokyo Service Center, in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum, Visual Communications, Japanese American Community and Cultural Center, and Sustainable Little Tokyo.

Thursday, August 8, 2019
5:00 PM—8:00 PM

Summer Respite: Tea & Letter Writing to the Future

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FREE

Do you miss the art of letter writing? Would you like to have the opportunity to write a letter to the future of Little Tokyo or to a future stakeholder of this community?

Gather with us in a relaxed atmosphere on JANM Plaza each Thursday of August to share tea, conversation, and write letters—with plenty of prompts provided by traci kato-kiriyama, Little Tokyo +LAB Artist-in-Residence.

Artist and tea enthusiast Linda Wei will be helping to serve tea and conversation prompts.

Sound-based ethnographer and artist Umi Hsu will be present for field recordings of the sessions and of those who would like to read aloud some of what they write—on their hopes and dreams for the future of Little Tokyo; the future of how we define “home,” “community” and “solidarity”; and for the future of how we practice what it means to be a “good friend” and a “good neighbor.”

All ages welcome to show up, drink some tea, and write some letters (participants can follow prompts or write on their own).

(Tea and paper/cards/stamps will be provided, free of charge. Feel free to bring a small snack to share!)

+LAB is a bold initiative that allows Little Tokyo Service Center to join forces with artists and cultural institutions to find imaginative ways to empower the Little Tokyo community. A project of the Little Tokyo Service Center, in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum, Visual Communications, Japanese American Community and Cultural Center, and Sustainable Little Tokyo.

 

 

 

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