As we celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month this October, we also honor the memory of longtime California Humanities’ Board Member and 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. Originally created in 2012, this fund was re-launched by Nancy’s husband Lon Hatamiya and sons Jon and George Hatamiya in 2017. Since then, organizations from throughout California have applied for these funds through our Humanities for All Arts & Humanities grant program.
Donations made in Nancy’s honor support projects such as Bird Songs—Native American Stories that Connect to Today, Tomorrow, and Yesterday which shares interactive theater presentations drawing on the stories and beliefs of the Gabrielino, Cahuilla, and Juaneño people.
These family-friendly presentations by Flights of Fantasy Media Company take place at libraries this November during Native American Heritage Month, highlighting the inherent similarities between these folktales and those from other parts of the world, connecting us all within the human experience.
The Nancy Hatamiya Arts & Humanities Fund has also recently supported projects by Zaccho Dance Theatre in San Francisco, Visual Communications in Los Angeles, and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, among others.
Programs that merge the arts and humanities have a special impact on California’s communities by keeping us creative, curious, and connected. California Humanities is committed to keeping this work thriving.