Monuments and Memory: Reconstructing American History

How can art represent a collective memory? Whose story gets told, and what makes a monument valuable to a community? On the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, artworxLA students will reflect on the Japanese American incarceration during World War II and its relevance to our world today. Inspired by Little Tokyo and JANM's permanent collection, students will consider the power of place and how ordinary objects can tell extraordinary stories. They will also explore how materials can be architectural, digital, interactive, spoken, or performed. As witnesses to history, students will create proposals for new monuments to the stories they feel America should never forget.