13 May Tina Takemoto is an artist and scholar whose work explores the hidden dimensions of same-sex intimacy and queer sexuality for Japanese Americans incarcerated by the US government during World War II. Takemoto has presented artwork nationally and internationally and has received grants from Art Matters, Fleishhacker Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, and San Francisco Arts Commission. Takemoto has exhibited and performed at Contemporary Jewish Museum, Asian Art Museum, Oceanside Museum of Art, GLBT History Museum, New Conservatory Theatre, Sabina Lee Gallery, Sesnon Gallery, SF Camerawork, SOMArts, SFMOMA, and the Vargas Museum. Her films have screened at Ann Arbor Film Festival, Outfest, CAAMfest, MIX New York Queer Experimental Film Festival, Hamburg Queer Film Festival, MIX Milano, Rio Gay Film Festival, Seoul’s International Women’s Film Festival, and Queer Forever! Film Festival Hanoi. Takemoto serves on the board of Queer Cultural Center and is co-founder of Queer Conversations on Culture and the Arts. KUNIHARU YOSHIDA Kuniharu Yoshida is a Japanese calligrapher and hip-hop dancer who teaches Calligraphy and Japanese language at the Fuji School at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center. He collaborates with artists to combine sublime arts from both traditions, merging traditional with the contemporary. Respect between cultures is the foundation of Kuniharu’s unique work, designed to intertwine not just art but also audiences. He finds art is a great way to increase understanding amongst people of varied backgrounds while communicating one’s culture in a simple and easy to understand manner. He will also be part of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum’s Uneo Artist Project “Calligraphy Appreciation 1-2-3” (a tentative title) in November 2018. Kuniharu has been involved in various Little Tokyo events such as Nisei week and looks forward to deepening his connection to the community. Best,
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