Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past in Los Angeles


December 1–17, 2023


Three downtown Los Angeles museums present a collaborative series of public programs in connection with the Smithsonian initiative


Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Past with Smithsonian and Bank of America logos


The initiative explores the history and legacy of race and racism and seeks to spark positive social change and build a more equitable shared future. With programs that range from symposia and panel discussions to films, food, and family activities, Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past in Los Angeles highlights the dynamic, challenging, and multicultural nature of the arts in Los Angeles.

Calendar of Events


  Take the Metro to Little Tokyo/Arts District (A, E Lines) and Union Station (A, B, D, J Lines) to explore all three museums. Metro logo

Presenting Partners

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Chinese American Museum (CAM)

425 N. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Chinese American Museum (CAM) is jointly developed and operated by the Friends of the Chinese American Museum and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, a department of the City of Los Angeles. Located within the El Pueblo Plaza in downtown Los Angeles, CAM is housed in the last surviving structure of the city’s original Chinatown.


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LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LA Plaza)

501 N. Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012

LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes is a community hub where people gather to celebrate Latinx culture through transformative exhibitions, music, dance, culinary arts, and multigenerational artmaking and storytelling experiences. 


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Japanese American National Museum (JANM)

100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90012

The mission of the Japanese American National Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience.