Art in the New Normal
traci kato-kiriyama

traci kato-kiriyama

“We have to look at the larger picture and unpack, and just question forward. Just keep asking ourselves, ‘What are we building?’”
— traci kato-kiriyama 

Biography

traci kato-kiriyama is a multi-disciplinary artist, writer/author, actor, arts educator & community organizer. Since 1996, she has performed and written for theatre tours, productions, artist residencies, and performance collaborations in hundreds of venues throughout the country.

A writer, actor, and theatre devisor, traci is one half of the award-winning PULLproject Ensemble with actor/aerial artist, Kennedy Kabasares. Most recently, their new project "PULL: tales of clamor" is in its first stages of development.

She is the Co-Founder and Director for Tuesday Night Project, presenter of the Tuesday Night Cafe Series now in its 18th year and the longest-running Asian American mic series in the country. As an Artist Organizer - she speaks, teaches courses on the relationship between wellness, creativity and community engagement, and facilitates artist-community collaborations through countless organizations & partnerships.

Community building and bridging at the heart of what she does and passionately believes in, traci is honored to be an active community advisory member for the Budokan of Los Angeles (BoLA) and Kizuna and plans to expand efforts this year for a story project called Generations Of War, Peace & Action, first launched with the support of Professor Glenn Omatsu's "Asian American Social Movements" class at UCLA in 2011 and 2014 and two Aratani CARE grant awards.

Author of a book of poetry, signaling (The Undeniables Press, 2010) and columnist for the Rafu Shimpo's Through The Fire, traci has been supported and presented by The Getty, Skirball Cultural Center, The Last Bookstore, Beyond Baroque, 826LA, Avenue 50, Grand Park, Hammer Museum, Poets & Writers, Inc. and many more. Most currently, she is featured in the Coiled Serpent anthology (Tia Chucha Press, 2016) and her second book of writing & poetry is slated for future release by Writ Large Press.

Learn more: www.traciakemi.com | Follow: @traciakemi1

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