The Kintsugi Spirit: Call for Artists of ALL Art Disciplines

The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center of Los Angeles invites artists of all creative arts disciplines to interpret KINTSUGI, the Japanese philosophy of “golden repair.” The artists will then showcase their art through a final video.

Poetically translated to “golden repair,” kintsugi is the centuries-old Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

Therefore, each artist should consider how their work and art-making process can use kintsugi as an approach to individual or collective healing. Also, artists should explore how their art can be shared using video in an innovative way.

Who Can Submit Their Artwork?

All U.S.-based artists who are eligible to work in the United States. Artists across all creative disciplines are welcome, including, but not limited to: music, dance, theater, comedy, visual art, essays, poetry, video art, etc.

Call for Artists 2021 Dates:

Commissioned artwork development period: June 1 – August 31, 2021
Virtual exhibit: September 25 – October 31, 2021

Submission Deadline:

The open call to artists ends April 30, 2021 at 11:59PM PST.

Fine Print:

Up to five artists will receive $2,000 to showcase their art through a final video (3-10 minutes). There will be a special virtual exhibit on the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center’s website and social media. Learn more here.

About The Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

Since first opening its doors in 1980, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC) has evolved into one of the largest ethnic art and cultural centers in the United States.

Its owned-and-operated facilities include:

The JACCC is located in Little Tokyo, the historic heart of the Japanese American community. It was the dream of visionary Issei and Nisei (first and second-generation) Japanese American pioneers to create a permanent center for the community where arts and culture come alive and can flourish for future generations.

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Francesca del Console
Author: Francesca del Console

Francesca is a program manager at L.A. Cultural Exchange, an arts-focused student exchange program in Los Angeles, CA. She brings international and U.S. dancers, actors, singers, musicians, etc. to study and train in LA.