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Saturday, March 8, 2008
2:00 PM—7:00 PM


events/Leaps-Front-200px.jpg Three special performances: 2 pm, 7 pm on March 8 and 2 pm on March 9.

Ten artists of different faiths and spiritual paths boldly jump into the swirling waters of interfaith collaboration in this work-in-progress performance of personal stories, dance, poetry and song.

Come witness their plunge into the deep as they question:

How can multi-dimensional religious identities live side by side?

How do we navigate religious conflicts with intelligence and compassion?

How can we create progressive and respectful visions for the future?

Creator/performers: George Abe, Aisha Cain, Saria Idana, Danielle Licht, Ameena Mirza, Shyamala Moorty, Waliya Perkins, Marie-Francois Theodore, Monk Turner, Carla Vega.

Project Director/Lead Mentor: Dan Kwong
Co-facilitator: Young Ae Park
Producer/Artistic Director: Nobuko Miyamoto
Production Assistant: Luke Patterson

Guest mentors: Shishir Kurup, Andrea Hodos, Dorit Cypis, Krishna Kaur, Yuval Ron
Co-sponsors: Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress, Council on American Islamic Affairs Three Cousins, Metivta, PJA, MPAC, Hyphen Magazine

Suggested donation $5

Q & A follows each performance

RSVP 213/250-8800 or email

LEAPS OF FAITH is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, Southern California Edison, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Japanese American Community Services, Cecilia Nakamura Fund, Hyphen Magazine, and individual donors.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
7:30 PM

Ruby, Tragically Rotund by Boni B. Alvarez, Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera

The story of Ruby Salazar, a full-figured Filipina American, whose battle with weight and self-image intensifies when her mother takes a refund on Ruby’s tuition in order to fund her sister’s blossoming beauty pageant career.

Presented in collaboration with East West Players.

Saturday, February 16, 2008
2:00 PM

Community Day of Remembrance


The Day of Remembrance marks President Roosevelt's signing of Executive Order 9066 on February 19, 1942, which authorized the unconstitutional forced removal of 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast and Hawai'i during World War II.

On August 10, 1988 President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which legislated monetary reparations and an offical apology to thousands of individuals whose rights had been violated almost 50 years earlier. The Civil Liberties Act was won through a grassroots campaign and the efforts of the entire community along with many justice minded people.

This 2008 Day of Remembrance program celebrates the grassroots activism starting with Japanese Americans testifying at government-sanctioned hearings in 1981, through letter writing and lobbying for redress, to the current demand for compensation for Japanese Latin Americans. Day of Remembrance programs are part of the continued need to educate and remember and it is a tradition for many colleges to hold Day of Remembrance events on their campuses.

"Unleashing Community Voices-Performance Art created by Traci Kato-Kiriyama - Video Highlights from the 1981 Commission Hearings and the Redress Campaign"
Japanese Latin American Redress: Rep. Xavier Becerra, Congressman 33rd District
Collegiate Days of Remembrances: USC, UC San Diego, UC Riverside
Light refreshments following program
Arrive early - limited seating
For more information: NCRR (213)680-3484, JACL (213)626-4471

Presented in collaboration with the Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress, the Japanese American Citizen’s League–Pacific Southwest, and the National Museum.

Sunday, February 10, 2008
1:00 PM—5:00 PM

Anime Day on the Plaza

FREE, no reservations required

Join us for this special collaboration between MOCA and the National Museum with special screenings, discussions, and activities around the art form that has inspired the work of artists like Takashi Murakami.

In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale: 50 Issues
Saturday, February 2, 2008
2:00 PM

Neglected Legacies: Japanese American Women and Redress: Reconsidering Roots

(Part 1 of 3)

FREE Admission

The first in this series, Reconsidering Roots, will focus on the role of Japanese American women in the redress movement. The panelists will each speak about a specific individual's contributions — Joy Morimoto on Sox Kitashima; Sharon Yamato on Michi Weglen; and Diana Meyers Bahr on Sue Kunitomi Embrey.

Presented in collaboration with the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy and Dr. Lane Hirabayashi, George & Sakaye Aratani Professor of the Japanese American Internment, Redress and Community, Asian American Studies, UCLA.

Sunday, January 13, 2008
3:00 PM—5:00 PM

Teens of Contemporary Art (TOCA)

FREE, no reservations required

Teens are invited to explore art and materials at MOCA's ©Murakami and the National Museum's Giant Robot Biennale: 50 Issues, then try their own hand at painting and silkscreening.

For additional information on TOCA, call 213.633.5310 or email

In conjunction with the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale: 50 Issues



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