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The Democracy Center Celebrates Civic Season with a Dance Performance and More on June 24, 2023

LOS ANGELES, CA – The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy (the Democracy Center) at JANM celebrates Civic Season (Juneteenth–July 4) with a dance performance and more on Saturday, June 24, 2023 from 4 p.m.–7 p.m. on the JANM Plaza. This event is free and open to the public; RSVPs are recommended and can be made at

Civic Season unites America’s newest and oldest federal holidays together, creating a movement to understand the past and shape the future. The Democracy Center’s celebration will feature “Vectors,” a live dance performance choreographed by renowned artist, Jay Carlon. “Vectors” draws on the Filipino principle of kapwa, the shared inner self, to create a connective experience. It also offers a nuanced depiction of pervasive power dynamics within people’s lives, communities, and global collective. By displaying vectors of identity and connection through active listening, community connection, and seeking the embodiment of decolonial liberation, “Vectors” illuminates how people are bound and pulled out towards liberation.

The celebration will also include safety demonstrations from Seniors Fight Back and a live and virtual Civics Quiz Competition with the chance to win prizes. Arrive early to participate in Little Tokyo Community Council’s Delicious Little Tokyo which celebrates the legacy of historic Little Tokyo's vibrant restaurant culture.


About the Japanese American National Museum (JANM)

Established in 1985, JANM promotes understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience. Located in the historic Little Tokyo district of downtown Los Angeles, JANM is a hybrid institution that straddles traditional museum categories and strives to provide a voice for Japanese Americans as well as a forum that enables all people to explore their own heritage and culture. Since opening to the public in 1992, JANM has presented over 70 exhibitions onsite while traveling 17 exhibits to venues such as the Smithsonian Institution and the Ellis Island Museum in the United States, and to several leading cultural museums in Japan and South America. JANM is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday–Sunday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and on Thursday from 12 p.m.–8 p.m. JANM is free every third Thursday of the month. On all other Thursdays, JANM is free from 5 p.m.–8 p.m. For more information, visit or follow us on social media @jamuseum.