Upcoming Exhibitions

Craft, Community, and Care: The Art and Legacy of Bob Shimabukuro

February – April, 2024

Part of the Lasting Legacy Series

Craft, Community, and Care explores the life of Okinawan American activist, artist, and writer Bob Shimabukuro. Instrumental in the Pacific Northwest’s Japanese American Redress Movement, Shimabukuro was also an acclaimed woodworker and furniture maker known for his design of the Portland restaurant Tanuki. He served as an editor and columnist for The Pacific Citizen, the national paper for the JACL, and the International Examiner in Seattle. Remembered by a friend as “a bit of a philosopher, a little bit of a dreamer, a social activist, a little bit of an artist, all wrapped up in one,” Shimabukuro imbued each of his many endeavors with deep care and dedication to social justice. He once wrote, “We must stand together, in struggle and in solidarity, whenever we can.”