“Cats of Mirikitani” workshop with Dr. Loriene Honda scheduled for April 5th
Life & legacy of Sacramento native artist Jimmy Tsutomo Mirikitani interned during WWII highlighted in a lecture by Davis-based author and a screening of the documentary film “The Cats of Mirikitani”
Explore the life and legacy of Jimmy Tsutomo Mirikitani, a native Sacramento artist interned at Tule Lake during WWII, in a day of events featuring a presentation by author Dr. Loriene Honda on the 2014 children’s book based on his art followed by a screening of the 2006 documentary film “The Cats of Mirikitani” on Saturday, April 5. Activities will include:
- Presentation by Dr. Loriene Honda on “The Cat Who Chose To Dream” from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Screening of “The Cats of Mirikitani,” a 2006 documentary film starring Jimmy Tsutomo Mirikitani by Linda Hattendorf from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
- Book signing with Dr. Loriene Honda from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.
- Hands-on drawing & literacy activities for kids ages 5 & up from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
- Self-guided tours of the Museum’s current exhibits including “Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII” and “The Art of Gaman: Arts & Crafts from the Japanese American Internment, 1942-1946” featuring a painting of the Tule Lake Internment Camp by Jimmy Tsutomo Mirikitani from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- 20% off select internment items in the Museum Store from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Free admission for the first 30 registrants or $10.00 advance admission with registration by 5:00 p.m. on April 4 at CatWhoChoseToDream.Eventbrite.com.
Proceeds match a National Parks Grant to update the Museum’s “Uprooted! Japanese Americans During WWII” exhibit.
Free parking for all Museum visitors in surface street lot on 10th & O Streets
Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 11:00 p.m. to 4:00 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”
Released in 2014 by Martin Pearl Publishing, “The Cat Who Chose to Dream” (ISBN 978-1-936528-11-0) shares the story of a cat’s choice to be incarcerated in a WWII internment camp as a gesture of support for the Japanese American family he is a part of. Through the art of Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani and the inclusion of therapeutic breathing and visualization techniques, author and child psychologist Dr. Loriene Honda takes young readers on a journey through the cat’s eyes to experience the devastating effects of internment camp to demonstrate how the imaginative mind can be used as a powerful tool in surpassing adversity. A special forward by George Takei outlines the life and legacy of native Sacramento artist Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani. For more information, visit MartinPearl.com.
ABOUT LORIENE HONDA, PhD
Dr. Loriene Honda, whose own father was held at the Manzanar Relocation Center as a teenager, is a child and adolescent psychologist educated and trained at Harvard University and Columbia University. For over 12 years, she has worked at 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 much of her work, Dr. Honda uses art as a way of helping children gain distance and healing from the painful impact of their haunting memories. 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 interned 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.