The Canton Museum of Art announces a free lecture series as part of its spring exhibition, Witness to Wartime: The Painted Diary of Takuichii Fujii beginning Sunday, May 1, 2022. This three-part lecture series will provide three opportunities for guests to learn about Japanese internment camps during World War II and the experiences of Asian Americans during this time in history. Speakers include Karen Jiobu, Jamie Ford, Sandy Kita and Barbara Johns.
On Sunday, May 1, the CMA will welcome Karen Jiobu who experienced firsthand the internment camps of the Second World War. Jiobu will speak at Cable Hall, located inside the Cultural Arts Center at 2:00 p.m. Admission to the event is FREE and no reservations are required. The CMA will also offer FREE admission to all guests to enjoy the new spring/summer exhibitions from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. during WWII. The experience shaped her vision and her determination to help others through health care. Karen shared her story of internment with OSU professor Judy Woo, which resulted in the documentary Faces of the Past, Voices of the Present. She shares the story and images of her family and their lives before, during and after the war, alongside historic photos of Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake. She continues to share her story so that these events hopefully don’t happen again.On Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 p.m., The Stark Library will host New York Times bestselling author Jamie Ford at the Canton Palace Theater, featured as part of The Dr. Audrey Lavin Speaking of Books Author Series. Ford is the author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, a historical novel depicting the heartwarming friendship between Henry Lee and Keiko Okabe, a Chinese-American boy and a Japanese-American girl, both American citizens. , whose ethnic origins have a dramatic impact on their destiny. different ways during World War II. Ford will talk about his book, followed by an extensive question and answer session. Admission to the event is FREE but pre-registration will be required via the Stark Library website at starklibrary.org. All guests of this event will be offered a FREE admission ticket to the CMA to be redeemed from Tuesday June 21 to July 24 to view the Witness to Wartime exhibition in person. The Speaking of Books author series brings acclaimed writers to Stark County who inspire lively discussion and – at times – thought-provoking conversation while exemplifying literary excellence.On Thursday, July 7 at 7 p.m., the CMA will host a series of virtual speakers on the CMA Facebook page. Sandy Kita, grandson of Witness to Wartime artist Takuichii Fujii, and exhibition curator Barbara Johns will provide insight into Fujii’s life and how the exhibition came to be. Kita is the artist’s grandson and translated his grandfather’s art diary, selections from which appear in the Witness to Wartime exhibition. He is currently writing his grandfather’s memoirs. No registration is required for this event. Interested attendees can access the Facebook Live event through the CMA Facebook page.