Family Festivals Past Events
finding family stories Festival
Self-Help Graphics & Art and the National Museum celebrates La Familia with a day of cultural activities for the entire family
12:00-2:30 PM - The finding family stories Festival begins at the Japanese American National Museum. Share family stories through art. Hands-on art workshops with artists Dominique Moody and Patrick "Pato" Hebert. Special tours of the finding family stories exhibition, storytelling, and much more!
2:00-4:30 PM - The finding family stories Festival continues at Self-Help Graphics. Learn about the art of printmaking during hands-on workshops where participants will make family scrapbooks and other keepsake treasures. A special print demonstration by artist Jose B. Ramirez at 2:30 pm. Meet and support Los Angeles' most recognized Latino craft artists while savoring an array of ethnic delicacies from East L.A. A traditional Mexican pinata-breaking ceremony will be one of the highlights of the afternoon. In addition, a special selection of Self-Help Graphics' most recognized print artwork will be for sale during the festival. For more information, please call 323.881.6444.
A round-trip bus shuttle will be in operation between the Japanese American National Museum and Self-Help Graphics between 2:00-4:30 pm.
Finding Family Stories Festival
Join us for a day full of music, art workshops, and fun! A bus shuttle will be in operation from the El Pueblo Gallery to the California African American Museum.
12:00-2:30 PM - The finding family stories Festival begins at the El Pueblo Gallery, hosted by the Chinese American Museum with a hands-on art workshop led by artist Steven Yao-Chee Wong. For more information, please call 213.626.5240.
2:00-4:30 PM - The finding family stories Festival continues at the California African American Museum. Special art workshops led by Betty Lee and Michael Massenburg. Children from Fresh Start Performing Arts Academy will sing favorites from their repertoire and storyteller Barbara H. Clark will delight audiences with family stories. Special tour of the finding family stories exhibition (limited to 20 people). Light refreshments will be served. For more information, please call 213.744.2077 or visit www.caam.ca.gov on the web.
New Year Family Celebration
Join us to welcome the New Year with family and friends
Mochitsuki (Rice Cake Pounding) Performance and Demonstration
Kodama Taiko will combine this age-old tradition of pounding mochi (sweet rice) with the sounds of taiko. Bring your friends and family to enjoy this uniquely energetic performance and taste the freshly pounded mochi.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Crafting History: Arts and Crafts from America's Concentration Camps, artist Mineko Grimmer will teach kids how to make a koma (a Japanese top).
Participants will have a chance to taste ozoni, a Japanese New Year's traditional food dish, provided by Suehiro, a neighborhood restaurant.
New Year Greetings
Make traditional Japanese New Year's postcards with craft master Ryoko Shibata.
4th Annual Courtyard Kids Festival
The Courtyard Kaeru invites all families to return to the Japanese American National Museum to celebrate the meaning of friendship, sharing, and the National Museum's 10th Anniversary! This year we'll learn how special our friendships are and how important it is to continue to make new friends.
Friendship art with our Finding Family Stories Project Partners (California African American Museum, Chinese American Museum, and Self-Help Graphics)
Create tokens of friendship
Make origami dolls
A special activity for toddlers
Featured storytellers and short film screenings
Food, games & fun for the whole family!
Plus, see the new names added to the Courtyard from the past year!
Free admission for everyone!
Home Is Where the Heart Is
Join the National Museum for a Family Sunday exploring the meaning of "home". Is it your family? Is it a place—your house or apartment? Is it the country in which you were born or the country where you live? Or is it something you carry inside of you, no matter where you are?
Reading and Book Signing with Allen Say
Our very special guest will be Allen Say, who has himself moved 37 times! He will be signing his newest book, Home of the Brave, which was inspired by National Museum exhibitions on the World War II Japanese American camp experience. In this mythical journey through a haunting and familiar landscape, a man meets two children who are lost. He embarks on a mysterious personal journey as he tries to help them find their way home. A brief Q&A session will follow the reading. Allen Say's promotional book tour will take him to New York, Washington, D.C. and San Jose in April. For details, please see National Programs.
Hands-on Art Workshop: Constructing "Home" through Art
In this workshop, participants will have a chance to create a unique art project that symbolizes the meaning of their home. Participants are encouraged to bring small objects, or photocopies of family photographs, letters and/or postcards to incorporate into their projects.
Oshogatsu: New Year Family Celebration
Join us to celebrate the New Year with family and friends!
Mochitsuki (Rice Cake Pounding) Performance
Kodama Taiko will combine the age-old tradition of pounding mochi (rice cakes) with the sounds of taiko drums. Bring your friends and family to enjoy this energetic performance and taste the freshly-pounded mochi.
In conjunction with the current exhibition, Flo Oy Wong: Angel Island, Immigration and Family Stories, artist Flo Oy Wong will teach kids how to create drawings of Chinese characters using grains of rice. Flo Oy Wong will also lead a special tour of her exhibition before the workshop.
Participants will have a chance to taste traditional ozoni (mochi served in a special soup), provided by one of Little Tokyo's restaurants.
Make traditional Japanese New Year postcards, create your own daruma (good luck charm), and many more fun activities.