Kokoro2021: Gift Ideas for Home and the Holidays!

Soups and jams and all the trimmings!  Find your tasty gifts—and so much more–at Virtual Kokoro2021!   Just 10 more days until the Show goes live! Visit www.kokorocraftshow.com from Nov 1 to 15 to shop and support the Japanese American National Museum (JANM).  Indicate “Kokoro2021” on your order and a percent of the sale will benefit JANM’s educational and cultural programs

Kokoro2021: Beautiful Gifts of Clay, Wood, Fiber and Bronze!

Give a gift made from earth and fire! Find these hand-crafted gifts – and so much more – at Virtual Kokoro2021! Go to www.kokorocraftshow.com from Nov 1 to 15 to shop and support the Japanese American National Museum (JANM).  Indicate “Kokoro2021” on your order and a percent of the sale will benefit JANM’s educational and cultural programs. 

Seeking Sponsors for Virtual Kokoro2021!

Kokoro2021 is virtual again this year. We hope to return to our in-person event next year. Right now, we are actively seeking Sponsorships from individuals or businesses who want to show support for JANM and Kokoro2021.   All proceeds from Kokoro2021 go towards JANM’s educational and cultural programs.  Kokoro2021 is an event organized and operated by Friends of JANM including JANM volunteers. The various Sponsorship Levels are:

–     PREMIER @ $150+  

–     PATRON  @ $100 to $149 

–     FRIEND @ $25 to $99  

–     SUPPORTER @ any $ amount 

–     ANONYMOUS @ any $ amount.

Thank you to our first Premier Sponsor!

Visit our website www.kokorocraftshow.com and click on the Sponsor tab for more information and to see who has already contributed!  Use this  Sponsor Form Online link to become a Sponsor right now!  Payments are accepted via PayPal, or by check. Donations are tax-deductible with JANM as the non-profit entity.

The 13th Annual Kokoro Craft Show showcases more than 60 vendors, many of whom are 1st time vendors for Kokoro. For supporters of past Kokoro events, this show presents a whole new shopping experience with many exciting new products.     

Starting November 1st and for two weeks, shoppers can visit our new website www.kokorocraftshow.com to shop and order directly from our vendors. Indicate “Kokoro2021” on orders and JANM will get credit. Check back to visit this blog, Facebook or Instagram for photo features on our creative vendors.

Kokoro2021: Shop Apparel for Adults and Kids Starting Nov 1st!

If you have a weakness for clothing, this year’s Kokoro2021 will feature T-shirts, jackets, clothing for kids—and so much more!  Come back in a few days for another featured category!

Run (don’t walk) to www.kokorocraftshow.com from November 1 to 15 to shop and support the Japanese American National Museum (JANM). Indicate “Kokoro2021” on your order and a percent of the sale will benefit JANM’s educational and cultural programs. 

spam musubi snapback cap from 6 Degrees of Hapa

Welcome Vendors to Kokoro2021!

The 13th Annual Kokoro Craft Show is virtual again this year! Although the pandemic has prevented the in-person Kokoro Craft Show from occurring two years in a row, we are excited to showcase more than 60 vendors, many of whom are new to Kokoro.     

Shoppers can begin viewing vendor’s products from November 1st for two weeks at our new website, www.kokorocraftshow.comDuring this special shopping period, shoppers buy products from the vendor directly and write “Kokoro2021” on their orders.  Kokoro2021 proceeds benefit JANM’s educational and cultural programs.  

6 Degrees of Hapa • Alohi Images Maui • Alyson Iwamoto Ceramics • Bansai8 Creations • BIZU • Boy Cherie Jewelry • Cato Crafts • Color Conscious • Creative Handcrafted Gifts • DaTojos • Designs by Eemabeth • Dr. Nancy’s Felted Pets • Emi Ink • Flying Plumtree Studio • Harvest Land • Hug a Sumo • imoriknits • JapaneseYa • Katherine M Ragghianti • Kayoko Designs • Kelley’s Kookies • Kiobi Designs • Kirei Cositas • Kotas Kreations  • Laura Ann’s Jams  • Ling-Yen Designs • Little Craft Shack • Madame Sakura Crafts • masako boissonnault • Mi So Happi • Nakashima Fine Arts • Nami Creations • Norman Lurie Pottery • Oak Street Design • orangeheat • Pomegranate Designs • Sakai Harts & Crafts • SalvagedHealing • Santa Barbara Soups • Sente • sewKimono • Silky Hut • Simmisu Paper Co • Simply Sown • Sixtyeightcolors • SOLSISS Jewelry • Some Mo Crafts • Stacy Wong • STORY SPARK • Studio Engravers • Sun & Lace • Susan Griffin Designs • Sushi Clock • Suzye Ogawa Designs • Tenuiya • Tierra Murra • TLC Quilting • Tome Ceramics •Whimsical Charm • Wilcox • Wong Creations • YellowRose Accessories • Zazu Faure/Los Angeles

For more information, visit www.kokorocraftshow.com or email the JANM volunteers at kokorocraftshow@gmail.com.  

Photos courtesy of from top left to right:  Designs by Eemabeth, Santa Barbara Soups, Ling-Yen Designs, and 6 Degrees of Hapa

Recognizing August 10, the Civil Liberties Act of 1988

In observance of the anniversary of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, JANM will be closed Tuesday, August 10, 2021.

This legislation reflects the Museum’s commitment to empower history for social justice. The Civil Liberties Act was signed into law on that day by President Ronald Reagan, issuing a formal Presidential apology and symbolic payment of $20,000 of restitution to persons of Japanese ancestry (two-thirds were US citizens) forcibly removed from the West Coast. 

The World War II incarceration of 120,000 people at remote concentration camps by the U.S. government was without due process, or evidence of wrongdoing. For more than a century, Asians were considered “outsiders” in the U.S. The Civil Liberties Act acknowledged this dark chapter of history was driven “largely by racial prejudice, wartime hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.”

To learn more about the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, here are a few resources:

Kokoro2021 Craft Show—Vendors Apply Now!

Applications for the Virtual Kokoro2021 Craft Show are available now at kokorocraftshow.com/vendor.  The Show will run from November 1 through November 15, 2021.

To apply, please complete the online form or download the application (PDF) and include five (5) product photos with your application. Please be sure to review the Vendor Guidelines and FAQs on the website before completing your form. Applications must be received (or postmarked) by Friday, August 13.

This is a juried show. Notification of acceptance will be communicated no later than Friday, August 27.Thank you for your support!

Photos are courtesy of ColorConscious.com and Simmisu Paper Co.

Call for Kokoro2021 Vendor Applications

Are you ready for Virtual Kokoro2021

This online craft show, organized by JANM’s volunteers to support the Japanese American National Museum, returns on November 1 through November 15, 2021. The Vendor applications will be available beginning July 1 to August 13.

Applications will be accepted from local and regional artisans of handcrafted goods and food items. There are limited spaces available, so apply early to join our community of craft-makers. Your participation helps to support the Museum’s many cultural and educational programs!

For more information, visit kokorocraftshow.com.

Questions? Email kokorocraftshow@gmail.com (Note: This is a new Kokoro gmail address.)

Support JANM Today!

As this challenging year draws to a close, I would like to thank JANM’s members and supporters for their generous donations to JANM through the pandemic. Your loyalty and encouragement have been critical to JANM’s sustainability in these turbulent times. Looking forward to 2021, JANM will continue to provide quality educational content, public programs, and compelling exhibitions while investing in a solid financial future. With this in mind, we invite you to continue to support JANM with a year end gift. Here are some ways to make a charitable gift:

Stock Gifts

Now is a great time to show your support through stock gifts. Donations of publicly traded securities bypass tax on capital gains at fair market value. Please consult with your tax advisor to determine the amount of any deduction you may be able to claim.

Donor-Advised Funds

A Donor-Advised Fund (DAF) is a charitable giving program that allows you to combine the most favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite causes. If you have a Donor-Advised Fund, please consider supporting JANM.

IRA Charitable Gifts

Starting at age 70 ½, you can direct a qualified distribution to JANM to satisfy your required minimum distribution (RMD) from your IRA, and it won’t be counted as a taxable distribution. Making a charitable gift at JANM is a tax-smart choice!

You can also show your support by becoming a JANM member, or sharing the gift of knowledge with a friend or loved one with a gift membership. Members receive special access and perks, including a 10% discount in the JANM Store.

For a gift in perpetuity, you can honor your family with a donor wall engraving. Permanent engravings begin at the $5,000 level, and are a wonderful way of making your family a part of our work. To learn more about available opportunities, click here.

Or, you can give a general donation. A gift in any amount ensures we can continue our tradition of excellence in exhibitions, public programs, educational programs, and other projects. Every dollar helps, and donations can be made online at any time.

Each person’s tax situation is unique, so we encourage you to consult with your tax/legal advisors to find out the best donation option for you. For more information, please contact Alyctra Matsushita, Membership and Individual Giving Manager, at amatsushita@janm.org, or call 213.830.5657. Donate before December 31, 2020 to ensure your donation is counted in the 2020 tax year.

Thank you for your continued support of our mission. We look forward to sharing JANM’s many exciting endeavors with you in the new year!