FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - October 31, 2012

PRESS CONTACTS:

Helen H. Ota - hota@janm.org - 213-830-5648

JANM’S TARGET FREE FAMILY SATURDAY CELEBRATES POP CULTURE


The Japanese American National Museum continues the popular ongoing series, Target Free Family Saturdays on Saturday, November 10, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. JANM will celebrate Pop Culture in conjunction with its current exhibition, Giant Robot Biennale 3, and include a watercolor workshop with GRB3 artist, Rob Sato. The event is free and open to the public.

Generously sponsored by Target, these special Saturdays are filled with fun activities giving families unique ways to learn, play, and grow together. Pop Culture will incorporate presentations by different performers and experts and arts and crafts for the entire family.

GRB3 artist, Rob Sato will lead an extraordinary watercolor workshop from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., where participants will learn watercolor texture technique and styles. Due to limited space and materials, attendees will be able to participate on a first come, first served basis.

Kidding Around the Kitchen will bring a “hands on” cooking experience and lesson in which the kids actively participate in the preparation of recipes. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids will get to see, touch, smell, and taste the fruits, vegetables, nuts, cheeses, eggs, meats, and other ingredients that they may never have previously seen in their raw form.

Learn new dance moves with Creation Station every hour throughout the day starting at 11:30 a.m. Creation Station is a wildly creative dance school concept which provides movement based programs for children starting at 18 months of age. All of the classes at Creation Station reflect a commitment to promoting high self esteem.

Additional activities include silk screening a t-shirt or totebag with Grow Your Own Design and making a comic strip with Los Angeles-based illustrator, Yumi Sakugawa. Families can also create colorful pop culture collage, make a cardboard robot, and learn how to make a dragonfly out of paper in Ruthie’s Origami Corner.

For more information about Target Free Family Saturday on November 10, call the Japanese American National Museum at (213) 625-0414.

About the Japanese American National Museum

The Japanese American National Museum is dedicated to fostering greater understanding and appreciation for America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by preserving and telling the stories of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Since its incorporation in 1985, JANM has grown into an internationally recognized institution, presenting award-winning art and history exhibitions, groundbreaking traveling shows, educational public programs, innovative video documentaries and cutting-edge curriculum guides. JANM is one of only 15 institutions in Southern California that has received accreditation from the Association of American Museums and in 2010, received the prestigious National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), only the second California museum to be so recognized.

General Information

The Japanese American National Museum is located at 100 North Central Avenue in the historic Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles and is adjacent to the Little Tokyo Metro station. For more information, call (213) 625-0414 or visit janm.org. Museum hours are Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Free admission after 5pm on Thursdays and free all day every third Thursday of the month. Metered street parking and public parking lots are conveniently located near JANM for a nominal fee.