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Gathering the Circle

April 20 @ 4:00 pm 6:00 pm

A workshop and guided conversation exploring our cultural heritage and its impact on identity.

This Living Arts program is the third in a series of facilitated conversation and expressive arts workshops throughout 2024 that build community through collective exploration of culture and identity. Newcomers are welcome!

In this Gathering the Circle session, we will explore our personal journeys to understand the impact culture has in shaping our identities in America. We will share through dialogue, artful practices and share time to gather and build community.

Chisao Hata and Spencer Uemura facilitate these dialogue-based workshops. Our humanity is derived from our relationships and interdependence; this is a space and time to gather and explore the complexities of who we are and how identity can shape community.


Archbishop Desmond Mpilo Tutu

“A person is a person through other persons.”

This workshop is open to all who are interested in the topic of identity expression; the questions apply across many identities and cultures. A companion expressive arts workshop will take place on Sunday. The paired workshops go together but are designed to also work as stand-alone experiences if you cannot attend both.

Chisao Hata is the Creative Director of Living Arts at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon, as well as a performing artist, community organizer, and global citizen artist. She is an Oregon Humanities Conversation Leader and Vanport Mosaic Festival Stories in Movement artist. She originated Gambatte Be Strong, stories of Japanese American displacement and resilience in Portland and is a partnering artist at the Dance Exchange in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Spencer Uemura is a Yonsei/Shin-Nisei Japanese American with a passion for stories and history. Professionally, he is a mental health therapist particularly interested in helping people explore the impacts of systemic oppression on mental health and uncovering strength and resilience from our different cultural backgrounds.