Call out for Japanese Canadian artists to participate in Japanese American virtual pilgrimage

Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage

On-line programming is being planned to actively memorialize the history of Japanese incarceration during World War II, a way to celebrate the history, diversity, strength, and vibrancy of the Nikkei community.

Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages ( is going digital due to the cancellation of annual pilgrimages to sites of wartime Japanese American incarceration due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

OPPORTUNITY FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS: Japanese Canadian artists are invited to contact Performing Arts Programmer Courtney Ozaki with ideas for live or pre-recorded performances, concerts, theatre, dance. Programming is open to include workshops, cooking classes, etc. Taiko groups are encouraged to apply. Ideas are to be submitted directly to Courtney Ozaki.

SCHEDULE: June 13 – August 16, 2020


  • Week 1: Immigration
  • Week 2: Anti-Asian Racism & Propaganda
  • Week 3: 1941-1943 (camps, movement)
  • Week 4: A Question of Loyalty
  • Week 5: What is Citizenship?
  • Week 6: Resettlement
  • Week 7: Canadian, Latin American, Australian (Nikkei) Incarceration
  • Week 8: End of War
  • Week 9: Intergenerational Trauma, Reconciliatory History

Sunday: Elder Panels; “Mess Hall-iday” (family recipes, cooking videos, cooking “together” while apart)
Monday: Museum Mondays (Curator’s Corner, 50 Objects Showcase, Community Archive)
Tuesday: “Tend Your Garden Tuesdays” (agriculture and gardening); Youth Podcast
Wednesday: Educational Sessions, Conversations with Presenters, Community Conversations
Thursday: Genealogy Sessions, Historical Educational Sessions
Friday: Fine Arts Friday, Book Club
Saturday: Live Concerts/Performances
Floating: Educational Sessions, Tribal Histories, Site Tours & Updates, Film Festival, Youth Programming, Poetry Readings

Artists will be selected over all nine themes and honorariums will be awarded to all artists selected for programming

Questions and Submissions:
Performing Arts Programmer
Courtney Ozaki

Additional Questions:
NAJC Arts Culture Education Committee

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