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"Part of resilience is finding joy, finding beauty, finding love."

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

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A Legacy Celebration: Nancy Hatamiya Arts & Humanities Fund

As we celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month this October, we also honor the memory of beloved California Humanities’ Board Chair Nancy Hatamiya through the Nancy Hatamiya Arts & Humanities Fund.

Nancy lived a wonderful life filled with many passions. She cherished her family and community and devoted her life to public service working primarily on policies related to children, families, civil rights, and education. In recognition of her extraordinary service to California Humanities, we celebrate her legacy with the Nancy Hatamiya Arts & Humanities Fund, in sup­port of projects that promote the humanities though the visual and performing arts.

Since then, organizations from throughout California have applied for these funds through the Arts & Humanities strand of our Humanities for All Quick Grant program, and donations made in Nancy’s honor have supported projects such the Richmond Art Center’s Emmy Lou Packard exhibition.

Other programs recently supported in part by this fund include an original play by the Electric Theatre Company celebrating the life of Fullerton resident Leo Fender, inventor of the Fender Telecaster and Catalina Island Museum’s “Project Pimu,” a series of events by contemporary Tongva artists, storytellers, and scholars designed to expand the public’s understanding of the original inhabitants of Catalina Island.

Projects that merge the arts and humanities have a special impact on California’s communities by keeping us creative, curious, and connected. We celebrate these projects and recognize our donors who have so generously contributed to the Nancy Hatamiya Arts & Humanities Fund over the past five years.

Join us in supporting this work! Your contribution honors Nancy’s memory and allows California Humanities to continue to support projects like those listed above, expanding opportunities for artists and audiences throughout California.

Learn more about the Nancy Hatamiya Arts & Humanities Fund and donate here.

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