What is FFS?
Project History
2003 Exhibition
Gallery of Past Exhibits
FFS in the Classroom

Collaborating organizations:


Japanese American
National Museum




California African
American Museum




Chinese American
Museum




Self-Help Graphics



We work together to inspire the public to value diversity, nurture creativity, honor our histories, engage in dialogue and collaborate to build stronger communities within our urban environment

The Japanese American National Museum
California African American Museum
Chinese American Museum
Self-Help Graphics & Art, Inc.

In March 2003, the sixth year of finding family stories culminates with an exhibition at four partner institutions of the works of eight artists chosen by representatives from these institutions: the Japanese American National Museum (the organizing institution), the California African American Museum, the Chinese American Museum and Self-Help Graphics & Art, Inc. finding family stories brings together living artists, ethnic-specific institutions, and the diverse community of southern California. Family stories are the loose thematic link for the project, but the institutions are not only free, but encouraged to think broadly about what and who family is defined and by whom. Unlike collaborative projects whose outcome may be a historically-based exhibition that aims to be (arguable) more objective, finding family stories allows individual artists to be the primary "voices" of the project. In this way, the partnering organizations invite the artists into a collaborative process through which they produce work that can speak to the complexity of families, communities, and the urban environment in which we live. The goal is to foster greater understanding among diverse communities through the interaction of artists and participating institutions, and outreach through educational and public programming.

View the works of art through the gallery below, or follow the links below to learn more about the project. Click on an artist's name to get information about the artist, click on the thumbnail or the title to view a certain piece,or click here to go through the gallery.

Sandra de la Loza
Brothers, 2002
Digital Print


Teresa Hagiya
Retro-reflective, 2003
Installation (detail)



Patrick "Pato" Hebert
Untitled #6, 2003
Lenticular photographic print



Betty Lee
Untitled #1, 2003
C-print



Michael Massenburg
In Time, 2003
Assemblage



Dominique Moody
Tales of a Family Tree, 2003
Assemblage



José B. Ramírez
Descend, 2003
Acrylic & enamel on canvas



Steven Yao-Chee Wong
Chinatown Stories: Realizing the Imagined, 2003
Installation (detail)



Follow these links to learn more about how this exhibition came into being:
2003 Exhibition Main Page
Curatorial Essay
Project Mission
About the participating organizations
Ackowledgements

An Arts Partnership Project of the Japanese American National Museum


The finding family stories Project was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, California Arts Council, Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, Weingart Foundation, and Japanese American National Museum Members and Donors.

What is FFS? Project History 2003 Exhibition Gallery of Past Exhibits FFS in the Classroom