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Remembering a Friend of California Humanities Through the Nancy Hatamiya Arts & Humanities Fund

As we celebrate National Arts and 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.

Former California Humanities Board Chair Nancy Kikuko Hatamiya displayed a passion and enthusiasm for public service, an abiding devotion to her community, and boundless energy that touched and inspired everyone around her. In recognition of her extraordinary service to California Humanities, we honor 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, the fund was re-launched by Nancy’s husband Lon Hatamiya in September 2017.

In the past year, organizations from throughout California have applied for these funds through our Humanities for All Arts & Humanities grant program, and donations made in Nancy’s honor have supported projects such as La Ultima Parada, a two-day event in East San Jose showcasing Mexican culture through the traditions of Día de los Muertos, and by exploring the human experience through reflection, study, and the arts. The Nancy Hatamiya Arts & Humanities Fund also supported humanities-rich projects by The Padua Hills Theatre and the Mexican Players, Zaccho Dance Theatre, the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus, and 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, and we need your help.

Your contribution of any amount will directly support projects like those listed above. Join us in honoring Nancy’s memory by helping to provide opportunities for artists and audiences throughout California.

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