Press Release

JACCC Receives Grant Award from California Humanities


Jan 30, 2023

Los Angeles, CA — California Humanities has announced the recent round of Humanities For All Quick Grant awards. The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center has been awarded $5,000 for its project entitled “Los Angeles Issei Poetry: The Flowering of Pre-War Japanese American Poetry.” 

The Humanities For All Quick Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects that respond to the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promotes understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy.

This award will support a public program series that will illuminate the work of the Issei (first-generation Japanese immigrant) poets and the broader experience of the pre-war Japanese American community in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles with community-based translation workshops, a Little Tokyo Poetry Walking Tour, and a public program. “This award from California Humanities will allow us to delve more deeply into Los Angeles’ immigrant voices, history, and place. We are honored to receive a Humanities For All Quick Grant,” said Patricia M. Wyatt, JACCC President & CEO. 

“These projects will bring the complexity and diversity of California to light in new ways that will engage Californians from every part of our state, and, will help us all understand each other better,” said Julie Fry, President & CEO of California Humanities. “We congratulate the grantees whose projects will promote understanding and provide insight into a wide range of topics, issues, and experiences.”

A complete list of all Humanities For All Quick Grants can be found on the website here

California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment of the Humanities, promotes the humanities – focused on ideas, conversation, and learning – as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to help strengthen California. California Humanities has provided grants and programs across the state since 1975. To learn more visit, or follow California Humanities on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Founded in 1972, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) is one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers of its kind in the United States. The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center weaves Japanese and Japanese American arts and culture into the fabric of our communities. JACCC remains firmly rooted in Little Tokyo, providing a vital place to build connections between people and cultures, locally and internationally. Through inclusive programs and authentic experiences, we continue our traditions and nurture the next generation of innovative artists, culture-bearers, and thinkers.


Carolina Roque, Manager of Development & Marketing

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