June 29, 2009

"Tag Project" at Minidoka Pilgrimage 2009

The Tag Project was at the Minidoka Pilgrimage, June 26-28 2009, thanks to Roger Shimomura, who had the daunting task of hauling my tags to the pilgrimage from Kansas, printing and delegating names to volunteers, stamping tags...

"...I got 4 hours of sleep each night of the pilgrimage working on this but still attended all the mandatory sessions. 3 of us sacrificed the social event to stamp, stamp, stamp. Everyone....was extremely supportive of your project and hoped that they would be informed of its eventual future...."

Thank you, Roger for overseeing this, and thank you to all at Minidoka who helped!! Roger was going to send me names of the new volunteers, and I will be posting this to this website as soon as possible!!

Happy Fourth of July everyone!!

Roger Shimomura's work has inspired me for a long time. He is one of few contemporary Japanese American artists who have embraced the pain of internment. I am deeply honored to have Roger's help in this project.

June 28, 2009

Volunteer Groups Wanted!

If you and your local organization would like to host an event to support The Tag Project, please do not hesitate to contact me. I can create a kit that would include up to 4000 tags, stamps, inkpads, posters, and databases. I am willing to ship kits like these anywhere in the continental US and Hawaii. I have sent these to Pilgrimages and Camp Reunions.

I am also willing to travel to the Los Angeles Area to participate in these events. The event will also include a presentation of how I came to this project as an artist, and how other artists have inspired me. In San Diego we are planning four events in the next two months, to take place at the Ocean View Pioneer United Church, Buddhist Temple of San Diego, The Japanese Friendship Garden/Craft Group, and San Diego State University's Asian Pacific Student Alliance.

I am also interested in involving other college Nikkei Groups and Asian American Student Organizations.