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JAPANESE ARTS NETWORK

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The Japanese Arts Network (JA-NE) is a national resource

for artistic collaboration and connection.

 

We provide access to resources and develop programs and platforms that support and strengthen visibility for JaJA (Japanese and Japanese-American) Artists in America who create with ‘cultural intention’ and are vital to society. We are dedicated to bringing together artists, communities, and stakeholders by celebrating and advancing Japanese arts experiences in America.

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STORIES OF SOLIDARITY

The Japanese Experience in Five Points

 

In the wake of WWII during the 1940’s, following the closing of America’s incarceration camps, the area surrounding and within the historic Five Points neighborhood in Denver, Colorado saw a surge of Japanese-American culture and business in the “Larimer Corridor” downtown. Japanese businesses were concentrated during this time in the Five Points area due to oppressive redlining which did not allow them to open in other parts of the city. Japanese arrivals joined other communities of color who also inhabited and owned businesses in this stretch of neighborhood.

Today, we remember this vibrant and cross-cultural neighborhood through the voices of lived experiences- and we celebrate the Japanese Americans and Five Points residents who are creating history for future generations in Denver's Five Points. 

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ART THAT SEES YOU

Issue. No.1 Featuring Casey Kawaguchi is LIVE!


Amplify is a multi-platform media project that intends to uplift Japanese artists in America from beyond the margins by giving them space to share what is important to them - and sharing their inspiring stories and perspectives with broader audiences. 

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Amplify

AAPI Mental Health

Community, Self-Care, Healing, Support, and Action


Visit our dedicated page to AAPI Mental Health in honor of May being AAPI Heritage Month and National Mental Health Awareness month, and also in recognition and support of anybody who is seeking resources, connection, and opportunities for action.  We are not broken - our cracks and imperfections shine with strength and resilience as individuals and as a community.    

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JA-NE TEAM

Founder + Creative Producer
COURTNEY OZAKI


Cultural Consultants:

  • MARGARET OZAKI-GRAVES

  • AFNAN AL-YAFAEY

  • MEENA MALIK

  • EVAN SHIGAYA

  • AKEMI TSUTSUI-KUNITAKE

  • JANELLE YOU

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