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Creating in Community: Moving Energy, Navigating Space & Time with Nobuko Miyamoto and traci kato-kiriyama

January 22, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Creating in Community: Moving Energy, Navigating Space & Time
Workshop with Nobuko Miyamoto and traci kato-kiriyama
Sunday, January 22

Portland Center Stage Rehearsal Hall
128 NW 11th Ave., 3rd floor
Portland, OR

Masks are recommended.

In this intergenerational creative workshop open to all, Nobuko Miyamoto and traci kato-kiriyama join forces in this active and exploratory workshop offering that will have participants moving, writing, and creating together. traci will draw from their Navigating With(out) Instruments storytelling & poetry workshops in addition to lessons learned from big sis, longtime hero, mentor to countless many and veteran artivist, Nobuko Miyamoto (A Grain of Sand; 120,000 Stories, Smithsonian Folkways Recording; Not Yo’ Butterfly, University of California Press).

Nobuko will draw from her Moving Energy system to get bodies on their feet in creative, collective movement and moments of storytelling in concert with each other.

Together, Nobuko and traci will facilitate creative practice in community, exploring the space between us – through our bodies, movement, memory, storytelling, the written word, and the interconnection among all.

Please come ready to move and write. Bring water and dress comfortably. Paper and pen will be provided, but you’re welcome to bring your own journal.

About Nobuko Miyamoto
Nobuko Miyamoto is a third-generation Japanese American songwriter, dance and theater artist, and activist, and is the Artistic Director of Great Leap. Her work has explored ways to reclaim and decolonize our minds, bodies, histories, and communities, using the arts to create social change and solidarity across cultural borders. Two of Nobuko’s albums are part of the Smithsonian Folkways catalog: A Grain of Sand, with Chris Iijima and Charlie Chin, produced by Paredon Records in 1973, and 120,000 Stories, released by Smithsonian Folkways in 2021.

About traci kato-kiriyama
traci kato-kiriyama (they+she; based on unceded Tongva land in the south bay of Los Angeles)–author of Navigating With(out) Instruments (Writ Large Press)–is an award-winning multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary artist, recognized for their work as a writer/performer, theatre deviser, cultural producer, community organizer, and audiobook narrator. 

As a storyteller and Artivist, tkk is grounded in collaborative process, collective self-determination, and art+community as intrinsically tied and a critical means toward connection and healing. She is a performer & principal writer of PULLproject Ensemble, two-time NET recipient; NEFA 2021-22 awardee for their show TALES OF CLAMOR. 


This program is part of the month-long InterACT! program and your participation will contribute to the collective community arts exhibition that we are creating at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon throughout January.


January 22, 2023
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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