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TheatreWorks Silicon Valley

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Jeffrey Lo is a Filipino-American playwright and director based in the Bay Area. He is the recipient of the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artist Award, the Emerging Artist Laureate by...

California Center for the Arts Escondido

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Jerry Van Leeuwen is a native Californian. He was born in Artesia. His father, an immigrant from Holland, was a dairy farmer and Jerry’s first real employment was milking...

Nichi Bei

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Award-winning journalist Kenji G. Taguma is the founding president of the Nichi Bei Foundation. As the Nichi Bei Times was closing in the summer of 2009, he led the movement...

Japanese American Citizens League of Monterey Peninsula

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Larry Oda was born in a Justice Department Internment Camp in Crystal City, Texas during World War II and lives in Monterey, California.  He was educated in Monterey City...

Kizuna

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Stephanie Nitahara is the Executive Director of Kizuna, a Nikkei youth organization with the mission of building a community for the next generation of leaders through education, empowerment and...

San Jose Taiko

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Wisa Uemura is the Executive Director with San Jose Taiko. In her 22 years with San Jose Taiko, Wisa has served as Performer, Artistic Staff, General Manager and in...

Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture

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David Read is the Executive Director of Yuba Sutter Arts & Culture in Marysville, California. A long-time champion for the arts and well-known community leader, David has brought his...

Write Out Loud

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Veronica Murphy is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Write Out Loud (since 2007). With a passion for promoting literature, she has produced six NEA BIG READ initiatives, 11...

Fresno Arts Council

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Lilia Gonzáles-Chávez, was appointed Executive Director of the Fresno Arts Council in 2011, and was appointed to the California Arts Council by Governor Gavin Newson in 2020.  She is...

LA Opera

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As Vice President for LA Opera Connects, Stacy Brightman is responsible for all aspects of community, engagement and learning programs that serve more than 150,000 students and community members annually. Stacy and her...