February 19, 2022 marks the 80th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the forced removal and incarceration of over 120,000 Japanese Americans.
Join Emerging Radiance artist Michelle Kumata, creative director Tani Ikeda, and Densho founding director Tom Ikeda online for a virtual program honoring this important historic day. The program will highlight the stories of Bellevue’s Nikkei farmer community, introduce descendants of the farmers depicted in artist Michelle Kumata’s Emerging Radiance mural, and provide a behind-the-scenes look at the installation at Bellevue Arts Museum.
Virtual Event (Pacific Time)
Watch here at 12pm:
Presented in partnership with Meta Open Arts, IMMEDIATE JUSTICE, Future Arts, Densho, Invisible Thread, Tsuru for Solidarity, Seattle JACL, Wing Luke Museum, Isan Bellevue, and Eastside Heritage Center.
About Emerging Radiance
The area around the site of Bellevue Arts Museum and new Meta offices was farmland where Japanese Americans lived and worked. During World War II, these families were forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated.
Artist Michelle Kumata and Creative Director Tani Ikeda have created a mural and immersive storytelling experience that honors the lesser-known story of the Nikkei Farmers of Bellevue that will be on view in the lobby of Bellevue Art Museum until March 13, 2022.