Saturday, May 1, 2021

6 p.m. (PDT) Live Program

Virtual Gala: JANM’s GiveSmart site


Exclusive Virtual Ballroom Experience: Airmeet

2021 Gala & Auction


Join Us at Reunited—the 2021 Gala & Auction!


5 p.m. (PDT) Virtual Reception (for ticketed guests on Airmeet)

6 p.m. (PDT) Live Program (free to view)

7 p.m. (PDT) After Party (for ticketed guests on Airmeet)

Celebrate JANM at a joyous evening of song, music, and special guests.


This year, be Reunited with friends at our COVID-safe, virtual Gala & Auction—and support our largest annual fundraiser.

The announcement of the winner of the 2021 Lexus Opportunity Drawing will also be online.

Bid on unique items reflecting diverse Asian culture.

JANM Gala & Auction 2021 Reunited: Music Preview

JANM Gala & Auction 2021 Reunited: Music Preview

NEW! Video Variety Show

George Takei toast during 2020 Virtual Gala

New for our 2021 Gala is a video variety show, featuring many special guests including:

  • actor George Takei
  • singer Marie Digby
  • actress Keiko Agena
  • taiko artist Kenny Endo
  • actor/singer Telly Leung
  • musician Goh Nakamura
  • East L.A. Taiko
  • comedian/actress Amy Hill
  • actor Derek Mio
  • Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts

…and more surprises to come!

NEW! Interactive Ballroom

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With this year’s Reunited theme, we also want to reunify our JANM community with an exclusive, interactive ballroom experience available at the $250 premium ticket level, and for sponsors and their guests. 

  • With Airmeet, guests can join our virtual ballroom via a Zoom-like feature allowing guests to socialize at their table, or to roam and mingle with others prior to, and following, the live gala program.
  • Premium $250 tickets are available at janm2021.givesmart.com. The deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, April 23 at 5 p.m. (PDT). Please check our About page for a list of benefits.
  • What does a virtual ballroom look like? View the video walkthroughs of the virtual Airmeet sponsorship table and booth features, at the links below:

Airmeet Guide    Virtual Tables    Sponsorship Booths

Online Auction

2021 Gala Auction - n/soto Ekiben Bento
  • Don’t miss an annual highlight of the Gala—the Auction! Get your cell phone and laptop fired up—this year’s auction and bidding will be online.
  • Our wonderful auction items include unique arts, crafts, and other creative works by Japanese American and Asian Pacific Islander artists and writers from across the country. Plus dozens of one-of-a-kind treasures!
  • The auction will be open to the public at janm2021.givesmart.com on Friday, April 23 by 5 p.m. (PDT).
  • For more auction information, see Frequently Asked Questions at FAQ.


2021 Lexus Opportunity Drawing

Lexus Opportunity

Win a 2021 Lexus RX 450h

  • Buy your entries now for the 2021 Lexus Opportunity Drawing, sponsored by Toyota Motor North America!
  • Proceeds support JANM’s educational programming and outreach.
  • For details about the Lexus drawing, download this flyer.
  • For information about the Lexus RX 450h, go to lexus.com/RX-hybrid.

Official Rules

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We are thrilled to be Reunited with you—our friends, supporters, and community—at the May 1, 2021 Gala & Auction. The Japanese American National Museum is also excited to welcome new guests to our annual Gala.

Let us be Reunited for a night of music, community, and fellowship supporting the Japanese American National Museum’s critical role to educate and preserve history.



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