Applications Open for Bridging Communities: A Solidarity Arts Fellowship

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Traci Ishigo of JACL-PSW and Sahar Pirzada of CAIR-LA at this year’s Day of Remembrance program in Little Tokyo. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

Traci Ishigo of JACL-PSW and Sahar Pirzada of CAIR-LA at this year’s Day of Remembrance program in Little Tokyo. (J.K. YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

(UPDATE: JACL has postponed the program dates. An announcement will be made when new dates are established.)

Now in its ninth year, the Bridging Communities program is currently accepting fellowship applications until Monday, Sept. 12.

As a partnership between the Japanese American Citizens League-Pacific Southwest District (JACL-PSW) and the Council on Islamic Relations-Los Angeles (CAIR-LA), the program has evolved into a eight-month fellowship program for Muslim and Japanese American college students to connect, develop friendships, and explore the power of solidarity in today’s world.

This unique fellowship will provide 10-15 individuals with leadership development, mentorship from community leaders, artistic exploration and meaningful experiences for intercultural relationship-building. The selected fellows will meet once a month for various workshops and field trips, which will culminate with a pilgrimage to the Manzanar National Historic Site and a team-produced art show to bring diverse communities together.

Applicants should be college students in the Southern California area, and be excited to be part of building a legacy for the next generation of Japanese and Muslim Americans. The Japanese American community has a long history of supporting Muslim Americans post-9/11 and throughout a tumultuous period of war that has fueled rampant Islamophobia.

Through the generous support of the National Park Service Japanese American Confinement Sites (NPS-JACS) Grant, the Bridging Communities Fellowship has the opportunity to reinvigorate its curriculum with the highest-quality and all-expenses-paid community experiences, field trips, workshops and arts activities. Applications should be submitted at http://bit.ly/bcfellows. Email program consultant traci ishigo ([email protected]) with any questions.

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