The Art of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani

I am so pleased that we are able to bring this heartwarming exhibit to the Japanese Canadian National Museum. As the only museum in Canada directly representing people of Japanese ancestry, it is our mandate to bring awareness of Nikkei history, culture, art and contemporary issues through as many perspectives as possible. The New York Times described Jimmy Mirikitani’s life as “a fascinating story of injustice and endurance.” I think his art presents a narrative of tragedy, resilience and humanity. Beth Carter, Director-Curator Japanese Canadian National Museum
National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre presents The Art of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani January 15 – March 25, 2011 The unique art of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, a Japanese American man dealing with homelessness, internment and the impacts of war will be showcased at the Japanese Canadian National Museum at Nikkei Place from January 15 to March 26, 2011. Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani is a fiercely independent, 90-year-old Japanese American artist who lost his family and friends to the United States internment camps during World War II and Hiroshima's atomic bombing. He survived the trauma and homelessness by creating art every day. This remarkable exhibition about the art and life of Mr. Mirikitani is a heart-rending exploration of the lasting impacts of war and discrimination, and the healing power of creativity. The Art of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani exhibit is part of the NNMHC’s vision to engage with the diverse communities of people of Japanese ancestry. It is our mission to preserve and promote Japanese Canadian history, arts, and culture through vibrant programs and exhibits that connect generations and inspire diverse audiences. Issues of war, discrimination and homelessness are global issues that need to be also addressed within the community. Your support today can have a lasting impact on exhibit attendees who are from the Japanese Canadian community, general public and teachers and students in the BC public school system. Exhibits like The Art of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani exhibit are made possible only through the generosity of supporters like you. Please consider lending your support t0day to help share the art and life of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani with other Canadians and to raise awareness around these important issues.
The Japanese Canadian National Museum offers a contemplative environment to experience culturally relevant, informative, and visually beautiful exhibitions. Both the main museum space and the 2nd floor hallway salon allow for diverse expressions of creativity.  Thanks to the leadership of Museum Director/Curator Beth Carter and her talented museum team, the 2011 exhibition roster is sure to delight visitors of all ages and backgrounds. Sherri Kajiwara, Acting Executive Director National Nikkei Museum & Heritage Centre

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