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2018 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction
Service to Democracy
Senator Mazie K. Hirono
Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga
Join us for the 2018 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites, Los Angeles on Saturday, April 21.
Democracy thrives only when individuals take it upon themselves to fight for it. Our 2018 Gala Dinner will celebrate individuals who have gone above and beyond what most average citizens do to ensure that the United States lives up to its promise. Judith Hill, along with parents Michiko and Pee Wee Hill, will be the Gala’s featured performers.
Win a 2018 Lexus NX 300h
The Lexus Opportunity Drawing sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., features a chance to win a 2018 Lexus NX 300h. Download the flyer for more details.
Visit janm.org/dinner2018 for more information and to purchase tickets.
Opening Day: hapa.me – 15 years of the hapa project
In this new exhibition, artist Kip Fulbeck continues his project, begun in 2001, of photographing persons who identify as “Hapa”—of mixed Asian/Pacific Islander descent—as a means of promoting awareness and positive acceptance of multiracial identity. hapa.me pairs the photographs and statements from the groundbreaking 2006 exhibition, kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa, with contemporary portraits of the same individuals and newly written statements, showing not only their physical changes in the ensuing years, but also changes in their perspectives and outlooks on the world.
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
12 p.m.–2 p.m.: Mixed Spices Workshop
Join artist and community organizer Genevieve Erin O’Brien for her “Mixed Spices” workshop, in which she translates the ethnic and cultural heritages of mixed race people into unique flavor and spice combinations.
12 p.m.–2:30 p.m.: Portrait Drawing
Draw a portrait of yourself that represents your unique identity.
12 p.m.–3 p.m.: Multiracial Coloring Projects with MASC
Take part in multiracial coloring projects hosted by Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC). MASC creates activities and designs programs to educate, advocate for, and promote social justice for the multiracial community and to increase awareness and understanding about multiracial/multiethnic issues.
12 p.m.–3 p.m.: Mixed Marrow
Learn about the need for bone marrow and blood cell donors of mixed races from Mixed Marrow, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding such donors for patients of multiethnic descent.
12 p.m.–5 p.m.: hapa.me Gallery Activity
Become a part of hapa.me by having your portrait taken with our instant camera in the exhibition gallery. Write a statement describing how you identify yourself and then add the photo and your words to the gallery walls. (Note that this activity will be available every Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., while supplies last.)
12:15 p.m.–12:45 p.m.: Performance by Summer Swee-Singh
Enjoy a performance by pianist Summer Swee-Singh, who is featured in hapa.me. Reserved seating for members.
1 p.m.–1:30 p.m.: Velina Hasu Houston Reading
Be moved by Velina Hasu Houston as she reads excerpts from her plays and a selection of her poems about mixed heritage identity. Houston is an internationally celebrated writer with more than 24 commissions in theater and opera. She is also resident playwright at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. Reserved seating for members.
1 p.m.–3 p.m.: Airbrush Tattoos
Get an airbrush tattoo that helps express who you are. Provided by Party Face Magic. Express line for members.
2:30 p.m.–2:50 p.m.: Performance by Travis Atreo
Pop singer Travis Atreo will perform a mix of original music and cover songs. Reserved seating for members.
3 p.m.: hapa.me Program
Listen to exhibition creator Kip Fulbeck as he talks about The Hapa Project and hapa.me. His remarks will be followed by a lively discussion with several individuals Fulbeck has photographed for The Hapa Project. Also participating will be three of the hapa luminaries who contributed essays to the exhibition catalog: Velina Hasu Houston; Cindy Nakashima, who has researched, written on, and taught about mixed race for over 30 years; and Paul Spickard, a UC Santa Barbara professor who has written 20 books on race and ethnicity.
4 p.m.: hapa.me Catalog Signing
Get your hapa.me catalog signed by Fulbeck, catalog essay contributors, and portrait subjects. Catalogs will be available at the JANM Store.
All activities are included with museum admission. Check back for updates.
In the George & Sakaye Aratani Central Hall
Silent Days, Silent Dreams Book Signing with Allen Say
On the first annual Museum Store Sunday, we welcome noted children’s book author Allen Say for the launch of his new book, Silent Days, Silent Dreams. It is an imagined look at the childhood of James Castle, who was born deaf, mute, autistic, and probably dyslexic. Despite countless obstacles and challenges, Castle persevered in creating his art. Today, his works are featured in major exhibitions and collected by museums all over the world.
Say will be signing copies of Silent Days, Silent Dreams which will be available for sale at the JANM Store. Since it’s Member Appreciation Days, members will receive a 20% discount!
Citron Trunk Show
In conjunction with Member Appreciation Days, JANM hosts a Citron Trunk Show. Citron Clothing makes elegant, timeless apparel for all body types using the finest fabrics, vintage motifs sourced from Asia and Europe, and artisanal techniques from around the world.
The trunk show is free to browse and shop, but does not include admission to the museum. Members’s discount does not apply to Citron products.
Pre-Holiday Trunk Show
Saturday–Sunday, November 18–19
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Get into the holiday spirit at this trunk show featuring products from acclaimed Japanese textiles company NUNO and noted LA-based jewelry designer Hisano Shepherd. JANM members receive a 10% discount!
The trunk show is free to browse and shop, but does not include admission to the museum.
Transpacific Musiclands Outdoor Concert
Join us for an exciting outdoor concert event with performers from Latin America, Japan, and Los Angeles, held in conjunction with the exhibition, Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo.
Featured acts will include Quetzal and El Haru Kuroi, two Afro-Latino jazz-rock fusion bands from East Los Angeles; La Chamba, a Los Angeles–based band with Peruvian and psychedelic roots; and members of Conjunto J, a group from Japan that plays Mexican border music.
Also joining in throughout the evening will be Maceo Hernandez of East LA Taiko; Tex Nakamura, formerly of WAR; LA’s 2014 Poet Laureate Luis J. Rodriguez; and Ruben Funkahuatl Guevara, formerly of Ruben and the Jets. DJ sets by Gomez Comes Alive and Shin Miyata.
This event is curated by Shin Miyata, a Tokyo–based music promoter, record label owner, and cultural ambassador. For over 20 years, Miyata has introduced authentic and diverse Chicano artistic expressions to the Japanese public by distributing Chicano music and organizing shows by East LA bands. Transpacific Musiclands showcases the artists that Miyata has worked with, celebrating the Japanese/Latino cultural collaborations that are at the heart of his work.
Transpacific Musiclands is held in conjunction with the exhibition, Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo, which is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.
Supported by Los Angeles County Arts Commission.