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

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 official 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.”

Exhibition Events

Friends of JAMO and Portland JACL Member Exclusive:
Friday, February 16, 4-6pm
4-5pm: Exhibition Preview at JAMO
5-6pm Reception at p:ear gallery
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Threads of Remembrance
Portland JACL and JAMO’s Day of Remembrance Program
Saturday, February 17, 2-4pm
Lincoln Hall at PSU
1620 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97201
Register here.

This exhibition generously funded by

The Lamb-Baldwin Foundation

Portland JACL

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