Partnerships & Collaborations Past Events
Reverberations: Young Artists and Writers Envision the Future
In conjunction with the National Museum's "Educators Appreciation Week" and the National Summer Institute for Teachers. Produced in partnership with The HeArt? Project, a non-profit organization that facilitates long-term, dynamic learning experiences between professional artists and hard-to-reach teenagers.
Young visual and performing artists along with poets and writers from The HeArt? Project envision the future post - 9/11. Moderated by SARA WOLF, Dance Critic, LA Weekly and freelance writer, Los Angeles Times.
Community Day of Remembrance
The Day of Remembrance commemorates the signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, which led to the incarceration of nearly 120,000 Japanese Americans. The program will feature the premier screening of the film Stand Up For Justice, the story of 16-year-old Mexican American Ralph Lazo who voluntarily went to Manzanar to remain with his friends at a time when few stood up for Japanese Americans. The program will also recognize individuals and organizations who have taken principled positions and "stood up for justice."
Produced by Visual Communications and Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress (NCRR), Stand Up For Justice will screen at the George & Sakaye Aratani Japan America Theater (244 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles) located adjacent to Little Tokyo's Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. Admission is $20 and $15 for seniors and students with valid ID.
Day of Remembrance is a presentation of Visual Communications and NCRR. The event is co-sponsored by the Japanese American Citizens League/Pacific Southwest District, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, and the Japanese American National Museum. For more information, call 213.680.4462 ext. 58. For tickets, call the Aratani/Japan America Theater at 213.680.3700 or via fax at 213.680.1872. Open Monday through Saturday from noon to 5:00 PM.
Fresh Words & Actions: Two in LA by Rhiana Yazzie
A staged reading of a play about a young Navajo woman’s shocking discovery of real life in Los Angeles. In her hometown of Cuba, New Mexico, others could not see past Nita’s ethnicity, but in LA she could be anyone she wanted to be. Thrown into the middle of post-9/11 immigration decrees and their inherent biased nature, Nita is forced to experience a physical and emotional displacement of her own.
A dram-edy, Two in LA is Los Angeles from the perspective of two of America’s Native inhabitants. Rhiana Yazzie is a Navajo playwright originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is the former Associate Artistic Director of a Native American theatre company in Albuquerque, where she wrote, directed, and produced plays, and acted, designed, and created costumes. Yazzie has received numerous accolades as a playwright and her work has been produced throughout the West.
In collaboration with East West Players Writer’s Gallery.
Public Program and Book Signing cosponsored by the Embassy of Japan, the Smithsonian
National Museum of American History,
Scholars from Brazil, Canada, and the United States will discuss two new landmark publications that explore the current status of Nikkei in the Americas as well as common attributes Nikkei share, especially in terms of the family, the position of women, religion, education, politics, and economics. For more information, please contact Eileen Kurahashi at 213.830.5628. 2 p.m.–5 p.m.
Public Program and Book Signing cosponsored by the Embassy of Japan, the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program, and the National Museum of American History.
Exhibit of Japanese Flower Arrangements
Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the practitioners of the Ohara School of Ikebana reach beyond the traditional styles of the art form of flower arranging with innovative and creative results. More than 80 arrangements by teachers and students of the school will be on display.
At the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Doizaki Gallery
244 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Gallery Hours: 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Day of Remembrance
Day of Remembrance (DOR), the community's annual commemoration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's signing of Executive Order 9066 and the World War II exclusion and incarceration of Japanese Americans and Japanese Latin Americans. The 2003 DOR marks the 61st anniversary of the signing of the Executive Order. The National Museum, Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR), the Pacific Southwest District JACL, and local community organizations will join together to commemorate the event.