Funding Opportunities

Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Community Outreach Program Fund

This fund is designed to promote deeper understanding among members of the Japanese American community of their rich and diverse heritage.

Non-profit organizations and qualified individuals are invited to apply for funding to co-sponsor exhibits and public seminars on subjects of broad interest dealing with Japan that will engage the Japanese American community to learn more about their heritage.


Past recipients of funding include:

Advocates for Language Learners El Marino: A Performance Arts Showcase, Children's Day Festival

US Kabuki Kenkyu Kai: Shinsei Kai: Emerging Stars Of Japanese Arts

Nikkei Student Union at UCLA: Nikkei Student Union’s Annual Culture Night

Student-run production at Royce Hall that educates people on Japanese American Culture and promotes political awareness. 

Yukai Daiko: Spring Workshop at UCLA

Student-run production at UCLA Northwest Auditorium to promote awareness of Japanese history and culture to the campus and community. 

Nikkei Student Union at UCLA Odori: Satsuki no Mai: Dance of the Azalea

Satsuki no Mai offers ways of appreciating Japanese culture unseen in conventional nihon buyou performances to unify generations of Japanese Americans.

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center: Oshogatsu Children’s Workshop, Remembering Sadako

Japanese Americans, youth ages 6-12 and their families, will learn about Japanese culture through visual (calligraphy), performing (taiko) and culinary arts (mochi making).

Japan American Society of Southern California: 4th Japan Bowl of California

Academic competition that tests the achievements of high school students who are studying the Japanese language. 

Little Tokyo Community Council: Sustainable Little Tokyo Community Forums

Seminars in four community forums related to environmentalism in Japan and its connections to Little Tokyo.

Japanese American National Museum: Natsu Matsuri Family Festival; G.W. Kimura
 Festival will include crafts, cultural performances, lectures, and activities. 

MAK Center for Art and Architecture: Groundswell: Guerilla Architecture in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake; Kimberli Meyer
Exhibition of new architecture projects after the Japan earthquake accompanied with a series of public lectures held at the Schindler House.

Tanaka Video: The Life and Times of Minoru Yasui; Ms. Tanaka and Ms. Yasui
 Film about Min Yasui an Nisei attorney in Oregon during WWII who reopened a lost case 40 years later that helped all types of minorities gain rights in America.
For more info please contact:
Noel Shimizu