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National Center for the Preservation of Democracy Fellowship

NCPD@JANM Fellowships

The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy at the Japanese American National Museum (NCPD@JANM) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) have selected two artists—Audrey Chan and jason chu—as its two artists in residence for 2022. They will develop new art projects that will explore the theme of anti-Asian hate and racism.

Visual artist Chan and rapper/activist chu were selected for the Los Angeles cohort of the Artists At Work (AAW) initiative for their potential to “incorporate complex ideas of race and democracy into their work,” and to develop a compelling art piece, or series, for “public distribution that can increase visibility and inclusion of Asian and Pacific Islanders” in the United States.


The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy artists fellowship program is a collaboration between the NCPD@JANM and Advancing Justice-LA funded by Artists At Work (AAW), a national initiative developed by THE OFFICE performing arts + film, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with support from the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.

The two honorees are now part of Artists at Work’s Los Angeles County class of artists who will receive a living wage for one year while they develop their projects. The AAW initiative in Los Angeles is being hosted at several diverse cultural institutions across Los Angeles County—from San Pedro to Pasadena to Lancaster. The program’s inspiration is the Depression-era Works Progress Administration that employed millions of jobless workers.



National Center for the Preservation of Democracy at the Japanese American National Museum (NCPD@JANM). Located in the Little Tokyo Historic District of downtown Los Angeles, the NCPD@JANM will further reinforce JANM’s mission and examine the rights, freedoms, and enduring fragility of American democracy through educational programming that includes exhibitions, media arts presentations, public programs, conferences, and civic dialogue/public forums. 

Advancing Justice-LA is the nation’s largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI). Founded in 1983, Advancing Justice-LA serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice—LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.

Fellowship Updates

Audrey Chan and jason chu

Meet the 2022 NCPD@JANM Fellowship Artists Audrey Chan and jason chu

Learn more about artists Audrey Chan and jason chu. Together they will create new artwork focusing on anti-Asian hate and racism.


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