Over its 30-plus-year programming history, the JACCC has presented many outstanding performing and visual arts from Japan in its George & Sakaye Aratani/Japan America Theatre and George J. Doizaki Gallery, respectively. These programs have ranged from presentations of the Grand Kabuki of Japan and the Treasures from the Kasuga Shrine, a museum-quality exhibition of bugaku and gagaku costumes and instruments from 6th and 7th century, to Kazuo Ohno, the co-founder of the avant garde butoh movement, and an exhibition of Anime (animated cartoon) and Manga (comic book) illustrations from Japan. The insightful On the Veranda programs present the finest forms of traditional and contemporary culture in the intimate and serene surrounding of the award winning and newly renovated James Irvine Japanese Garden and JACCC Garden Room.
Of equal importance is the JACCC's commitment to Japanese American and Asian American artists who are presented in programs such as annual AJA Exhibition which showcases the work of contemporary fine artists of Japanese ancestry. Over time, the JACCC's programming has expanded to also include the work of Pacific Islander artists and cultural activities that are now being presented at the JACCC on a regular basis.
The JACCC’s Community Programs are primarily educational in nature, including a range of family festivals, performances and exhibitions that preserve and promote Japanese American cultural heritage. Special events such as the traditional holiday celebrations of New Year's with the signature Kotohajime program and Shikishi exhibition, and Children's Day are designed to preserve cultural traditions, as well as to create a context for those traditions and values for new audiences and younger generations of Japanese Americans.
Given its location in the heart of downtown Los Angeles bordering the Civic Center, Chinatown, the Wholesale District and East L.A., the JACCC draws its audiences from diverse sources that are representative of a truly multi-cultural Los Angeles. The JACCC has also undertaken a number of organizational collaborations and artistic partnerships over time, which continues to be a central part of the JACCC's programming philosophy.
JACCC programs are made possible in part by grants from the, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, The City of Los Angeles through the Department of Cultural Affairs, AT&T, Nissan, The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles Office, and The Japan Foundation.
Significant in-kind support is provided by American Airlines and America Honda Motor Co., Inc.
LA18 KSCI-TV and The Rafu Shimpo are Media Sponsors.
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