“The Cat Who Chose To Dream” literacy & learning workshop scheduled on April 5th
Sacramento native artist Jimmy Tsutomo Mirikitani featured in a lecture on the 2014 children’s book based on his art & a screening of “The Cats of Mirikitani”
Featuring native Sacramento artist Jimmy Tsutomo Mirikitani and the 2014 children’s book based on his art written by Dr. Loriene Honda, “The Cat Who Chose To Dream” literacy and learning workshop is scheduled on Saturday, April 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at The California Museum.
Sponsored by Martin Pearl Publishing, advance admission is $10.00 and available online at CatWhoChoseToDream.Eventbrite.com through 5:00 pm on Friday, April 4. Proceeds match a National Park Services grant awarded to update the Museum’s signature exhibit, “Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII.”
Scheduled workshop activities include:
- Presentation on the 2014 children’s book “The Cat Who Chose to Dream” and Q&A with Davis-based author and child psychologist Dr. Loriene Honda from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
- Screening of “The Cats of Mirikitani,” the 2006 documentary film detailing the incarceration of native Sacramento artist Jimmy Tsutomo Mirikitani at the Tule Lake internment camp during WWII and his resulting experiences from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
- Book signing with Dr. Loriene Honda from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Hands-on activities appropriate for kids ages 5 and up from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Self-guided tours of the Museum’s current exhibits including “The Art of Gaman: Arts & Crafts from the Japanese American Internment, 1942-1946” featuring a painting of Tule Lake by Jimmy Tsutomo Mirikitani from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- 20% off select Japanese American items in the Museum Store from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free admission for first 30 advance registrants or $10.00 advance admission by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4 at CatWhoChoseToDream.Eventbrite.com limited to 250 guests
Free parking for all Museum visitors in surface street lot on 10th & O Streets
Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The California Museum, 1020 O Street (10th & O Streets), Sacramento, CA 95814
Museum & Event: Brenna Hamilton, (916) 651-0934 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Author & Book: Angelina McKinsey, (707) 318-4970 or email@example.com
ABOUT “THE CAT WHO CHOSE TO DREAM”
Published in 2014 by Martin Pearl, ”The Cat Who Chose to Dream” is a children’s book sharing the story of a cat’s choice to be incarcerated with the Japanese American family to whom he belongs as a gesture of support. Through the cat’s use of breathing and visualization exercises, readers share the cat’s triumph over his feelings of hopelessness and anger as he learns to transport his mind to a place in his heart where he no longer feels encumbered and restrained, but self-empowered and free. Featuring artwork by Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani and therapeutic techniques by child psychologist Dr. Loriene Honda, “The Cat Who Chose To Dream” teaches children how the imaginative mind can prove to be a powerful tool in surpassing adversity. For more information, visit MartinPearl.com.
ABOUT LORIENE HONDA, PhD
Dr. Loriene Honda, whose own father was held at Manzanar War Relocation Center as a teenager, is a child and adolescent psychologist who was trained and educated at Harvard University and Columbia University. For over 12 years, she has worked as a clinician as well as the Clinical Director of Child Haven, a family mental health agency specializing in the care and treatment of children who suffer from the effects of physical abuse and neglect. In her work with traumatized children, Dr. Honda uses art as a way of helping children gain distance from the painful impact of their memories and as a tool with which they can heal. Dr. Honda has a private practice in Davis, where she resides with her husband and their three children. For more information, visit LorieneHonda.com.
ABOUT “THE CATS OF MIRIKITANI”
Released in 2006, “The Cats of Mirikitani” chronicles the life of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani, a Sacramento native incarcerated at Tule Lake during WWII who was discovered creating art while living on the streets of New York City in the summer of 2001 by filmmaker Linda Hattendorf. When Sept. 11 threatens his life on the streets, Linda brings Jimmy into her home, and together the two embark on a journey to confront Jimmy’s painful past. An intimate exploration of the lingering wounds of war and the healing powers of art and community, the film has won awards at 20 festivals including Tribeca, Tokyo, Bermuda, Bologna, Paris, Philadelphia, Sedona and Sun Valley. For more information, visit TheCatsofMirikitani.com.
ABOUT THE CALIFORNIA MUSEUM
A self-supporting 501(c)3 non-profit, The California Museum — home of the California Hall of Fame — engages, educates and enlightens people about California’s rich history and unique contributions to the world through ideas, innovation, the arts and culture. Through interactive and innovative experiences, the Museum inspires visitors to dream the California dream and to make their own mark on history. Open Tues.-Sat. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Sun.: 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Admission: adults $9.00; college students & seniors $7.50 with valid ID; youth 6-17: $6.50; children 5 & under free. For more information, visit CaliforniaMuseum.org.