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The Japanese American National Museum Announces the 2023 Benefit and Online Auction

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) will host the Annual Benefit and Online Auction with the theme Across Generations on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown. The Benefit will spotlight the stories of new and established leaders who see and believe in the importance of JANM and its enduring role in our democratic society. These leaders transcend several generations and hail from across the nation. JANM is hopeful for the future as new generations engage with the Museum to continue the vision toward a better world. 

The Benefit will be emceed by Frank Buckley, anchor of KTLA 5 Morning News in Los Angeles, and will feature music by the Sansei Rockers. This high-energy group features the Grammy Award–winning Royce Jones, three members of Somethin’ Else, two members of the Society of Seven, and singer-songwriter Harold Payne. 

Visit to purchase individual tickets, participate in the Online Auction, make a Bid for Education, and enter the 2023 Lexus Opportunity Drawing. The Benefit will be livestreaming on the Museum’s YouTube channel, @janmdotorg, from 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m. PDT.

JANM’s Online Auction celebrates the community by highlighting goods and services of local businesses, corporate partners, and the works of talented artists. The Museum’s Bid For Education program makes field trips to JANM possible for more than 12,000 primary and secondary school students and teachers every year. Contributions to this program help JANM bring students back to the Museum and develop its virtual visit program. Contributions can be made online through, by mail, or by phone. Funds raised from the 2023 Lexus Opportunity Drawing will support educational programming and outreach at JANM.


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.