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Special Events

Civic Season Celebration 2024

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Special Events

Civic Season Celebration 2024

About the Event

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Civic Season connects our newest and oldest US holidays—Juneteenth and the Fourth of July—to learn about history and civics, featuring events, celebrations and conversations at more than 500 cultural, community, and educational organizations nationwide. 

Join us for a full day of events that includes music, food trucks, voting information, and family activities—including a live storytelling performance presented by the participating storytellers!

FREE

Saturday, Jun 29, 2024

Japanese American National Museum

100 North Central Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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About the Event

civic season logo orange

Civic Season connects our newest and oldest US holidays—Juneteenth and the Fourth of July—to learn about history and civics, featuring events, celebrations and conversations at more than 500 cultural, community, and educational organizations nationwide. 

Join us for a full day of events that includes music, food trucks, voting information, and family activities—including a live storytelling performance presented by the participating storytellers!

Schedule

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Free Resource Fair (Available to the Public):

  • Community Organizations
  • LA County Departments

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

My American Story Program

The Democracy Center at the Japanese American National Museum will celebrate the 2024 Civic Season with What’s Your American Story?, a free storytelling program for ten people of all ages and from all backgrounds to tell their own American stories. Storytellers will work with rapper, activist, and educator jason chu to choose a meaningful story to tell, structure their story in a compelling way, and present it confidently to an audience.

Interested in telling your American Story?

Please complete this application to participate in our Inaugural storytelling series by Wednesday, May 29, 2024. Space is limited for this first group.

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Interested in volunteering for this event?

Email democracycenter@janm.org for information on how you can be a part of this Civic Season celebration. 
 

My American Story is presented by JANM’s Daniel K. Inouye National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in partnership with the Center for Asian Americans United for Self Empowerment (CAUSE) and the Los Angeles County Asian American Employees Association (LACAAEA).

Civic Season is an initiative of Made By Us, a coalition of 500 renowned cultural, community, and educational organizations nationwide. The 2024 Civic Season brings us one moment closer to the US’s 250th anniversary in 2026. By creating opportunities to collaborate with one another during Civic Season we build greater capacity for our institutions as we move towards this milestone.

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jason chu

jason chu is an rapper, activist, and educator who “speaks hope and healing in a hurting world,” matching high energy performances with hard-hitting lyricism. He tours extensively, bringing a clear and urgent voice to stages around the country and globally. In 2021-22, chu was an Artist at Work Fellow at JANM and, with Audrey Chan, created the project “An American Vocabulary: Words to Action.” His music has been heard in Valorant (Riot Games), American Born Chinese (Disney+), Joy Ride (2023), Warrior (HBO/Max), and more. An expert on Asian American identity and hip-hop culture, chu has spoken at colleges, conferences, nationwide.

The Democracy Center explores the rights, freedoms, and fragility of democracy, helping to build bridges, and find common ground between people of diverse backgrounds and opinions.

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