Our Board Historian, Elayne Alexander, just published another edition of her History of Venice column in the January 2021 issue of local magazine, Venice Living! The article about Venice founder, Abbot Kinney, is reprinted here for you to enjoy with the permission and great partnership of publisher, Carole Stein.
Guest post from the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument (VJAMM) Committee: Arnold Maeda Manzanar Pilgrimage Grant Available for College Students
Contact: Phyllis Hayashibara
Voice: (310) 717-3393
November 2, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Arnold Maeda Manzanar Pilgrimage Grant Available for College Students
LOS ANGELES — On November 2, the Manzanar Committee and the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument (VJAMM) Committee announced that the First Annual Arnold Maeda Manzanar Pilgrimage Grant is now available. Two college students will be selected to work with the Manzanar Committee to help plan and produce the 52nd Annual Manzanar Pilgrimage, to be held on April 24, 2021, by researching materials, contacting speakers and presenters, assisting in video recordings, attending Manzanar Committee planning meetings, and performing other duties, as needed. Recipients would work a total of 30 hours each and would each be paid a $500.00 stipend.
Maeda, who passed on September 10, 2020, at the age of 94, inspired the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument Committee, in which he participated as a charter member, and he proved to be an invaluable speaker and fundraiser. The VJAMM Committee dedicated the monument on April 27, 2017, on the northwest corner of Venice and Lincoln Boulevards, where some 1,000 persons of Japanese ancestry were forcibly removed from Venice, Santa Monica, and Malibu, lined up with only what they could carry, for their day-long bus ride to the American concentration camp at Manzanar. Maeda remembered that day in his quote engraved on the monument:
“Instead of being worried about where we were going, I was obsessed with the fact that I had parted with my constant companion, my pet dog, Boy. For a fifteen-year old, that was unforgettably traumatic.”
Applicants will have opportunities to get to know Maeda and his legacy through his many online interviews and articles, and will write a short essay, short story, or poem as part of their application. Written work must address three or more areas of reflection: who Maeda was and how he became a role model for the Japanese American community; how Maeda’s legacy has influenced the applicant; how the applicant will apply the lessons learned from Maeda to his/her life today; how Maeda’s life in the American concentration camp at Manzanar compares/contrasts with the student’s life today; how collaboration and service to others has affected the applicant’s life; how and why working with the Manzanar Committee on the 2021
Manzanar Pilgrimage will help the applicant better understand Maeda’s life and legacy; or what about Maeda has inspired the applicant to participate in the Manzanar Pilgrimage.
Applications are due no later than Friday, December 4 2020 and winners will be announced by the end of December. For more information and applications, please visit the Manzanar Committee web site at https://manzanarcommittee.org or the VJAMM web site at https://www.venicejamm.org Questions can be sent to: email@example.com.
Download the Arnold Maeda Manzanar Pilgrimage Grant information and application here:
Big thanks to Carole L. Stein, Publisher and Founder of Venice Living magazine, for inviting us to share the Venice Heritage Museum project in the Non-Profit Spotlight section of the November 2020 issue!
Check out the article below:
Do you love Venice's culture and history?
The Venice Heritage Foundation team is interested in the possibility of expanding our small but mighty team to include a few more seasoned volunteers who are connected to, and passionate about Venice and its legacy to help us bring the Venice Heritage Museum to life!
Soon we'll be kicking off the first leg of our capital campaign,
otherwise known as the...
— 115 Campaign --
We chose the name in honor of Venice's 115th birthday, which we celebrated earlier this summer (founded July 4, 1905), and our goal to raise $115K to fund the first phase of building the first-ever museum for Venice.
(It's about time, huh?!)
Do you have skills in one of the following areas?
Social Media - Graphic Design - Marketing - Fundraising
Volunteer Management - Grantwriting
Sound like you? Want to help us make history & preserve it at the same time?
Send an email to veniceheritagemuseum(at)gmail(dot)com and we'll get back to you soon!
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