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