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Saturday, October 7, 2006
11:00 AM

Grand Avenue Festival

This annual celebration of Downtown LA is chocked full of music and dance performances, exhibitions, screenings, and arts workshops. The National Museum is the "off the block" participating organization, featuring taiko performances, craft demonstrations, ondo lessons, and more. Please come and celebrate with the rest of LA!

For more information, visit the Downtown LA website

Sunday, April 2, 2006
10:00 AM

2006 Sogetsu Ikebana School, Los Angeles Display

April 1 & 2

See April 1 program listing for details.

Saturday, April 1, 2006
10:00 AM

2006 Sogetsu Ikebana School, Los Angeles Display


April 1 & 2

For one weekend only, the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall will be adorned with more than fifty imaginative floral sculptures arranged by members of Sogetsu Ikebana School in Los Angeles.

Founded in 1926 by Sofu Teshigahara, the Sogetsu philosophy is that ikebana should be accessible to people of all backgrounds and in all parts of the globe. Stop by and view the work of talented local students who demonstrate a keen awareness and deep respect for the natural world.

Saturday, February 18, 2006
2:00 PM

Community Day of Remembrance - Claiming History: Justice Along Color Lines


Admission to the special exhibition, Isamu Noguchi - Sculptural Design - $4

The Day of Remembrance annually marks President Roosevelt's infamous 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.

More than forty years later, the United States government apologized, setting the record straight, and silencing those who argued that the interment was justified. Or so we believed. Now as then, supporters of those illegal actions challenge history with arguments that seek to defend the indefensible. Day of Remembrance 2006 explores the legacy of redress, and considers its potential as a powerful tool for the many working to refute revisionist interpretations of history. Noted scholars, activists, and others will draw upon that legacy to suggest ways it can be used to strengthen connections with other ethnic and cultural communities seeking their own forms of redress.

Press Release

Saturday, December 3, 2005
2:00 PM

National Veterans Oral History Project


The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress has embarked on an ambitious project to record the life stories of America's war veterans.

Join us for a panel discussion and update on this important collaborative project to gather and make accessible the stories of Japanese American veterans. Presentation will include a brief workshop on how to conduct oral histories.

- John Esaki, Director, Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum
- Sarah Rouse, Senior Program Officer, Veterans History Project, Library of Congress
- Fred Murakami, Chairman Emeritus, National Japanese American Veterans Council
- Steven Itano Wasserman, Hanashi Program Manager, Go For Broke Educational Foundation

Moderator: Art Hansen, Professor, California State University, Fullerton

FREE with Museum admission. Call 213.625.0414 for more information.

Thursday, December 1, 2005

World AIDS Day/Day With(out) Art

"Day Without Art" began in 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis. Since then, "Day With(out) Art" has grown into a collaborative project in which an estimated 8,000 museums, galleries, art centers, service organizations, libraries, high schools, and colleges take part to help increase public awareness of this global pandemic.

The National Museum is proud to join these efforts by draping our "art work of the month."




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