|The Frank H. Watase Media Arts Center of the Japanese American National Museum is committed to promoting thoughtful exploration, understanding and appreciation of America's pluralistic society through an innovative and comprehensive program of media documentation and preservation, production and presentation and education and training.
the proliferation of new technologies, media arts plays an increasingly
critical role in reflecting as well as shaping our global society.
Yet recent polls and studies indicate that American ethnic communities
continue to be marginalized by the mainstream media. It is critical
that more proactive strategies are developed and supported to impact,
broaden and improve this powerful mechanism for education and communication.
The expanded realm of media arts has now become integral to modern
museology as well as to the broader field of history and culture.
By integrating theory and technology with community service and
collaborating with peoples and institutions in diverse communities
and regions, the Media Arts Center is in a unique position to advance
the Museum's role as a leading international institution.
Media Arts Center's focus lies in five primary areas that are outlined
To promote the Museum's mission through a variety of documentation
and presentational strategies for exhibition, education, revenue-generation
and audience development.
To preserve the first-voice perspectives of the Japanese American
experience and to make them accessible to researchers, educators,
students and the public at large through an innovative and integrated
program of visual documentation and public access.
To impact our nation's educational system through the development
of engaging and effective curriculum materials with an emphasis
on how to best reach a multicultural and multilingual elementary,
secondary and post-secondary population.
To position the Japanese American experience within the broader
context of our pluralistic nation and world by producing and distributing
broadcast quality media productions to a national and international
To provide education in the philosophy as well as the technology
of community-based media arts through innovate workshops, internships
and programs aimed at training youth in media arts as well as integrating
multicultural youth perspectives and participation in Media Arts
Center programs and productions.