After almost 13 years at the Japanese American National Museum, I’m sad to report that I’ll be leaving for different pastures at the end of this month.
I started in the education department as the education assistant and later school visits coordinator. At the time, I was not married and had no children. In other words, I was just a lost baby deer in the big scary woods of Little Tokyo. After a few years, I moved into public programs as the public programs coordinator and later public programs manager. I’m most proud of growing JANM’s average family day attendance from one hundred people to one thousand visitors. Most recently, I oversaw the Museum’s exhibitions as the programs manager and then the vice president of programs. While working on JANM’s exhibitions, I helped curate the Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game exhibition and oversaw Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo in a Modern World and Hello! The SuperCute World of Hello Kitty, two of the biggest and most successful shows in the museum’s history. (I’m ashamed to admit that before Hello!, I didn’t realize that Hello Kitty was not a cat. I will NEVER make that mistake again.)
I’ll now be turning my attention to writing/producing, starting an exhibition/ event/ programming consulting company called Little Nalu Consulting (stay tuned for more details soon!), and spending time with my toddler who is growing much much too fast.
I would like to thank all the wonderful people I’ve met and had the pleasure of collaborating with while I’ve been at JANM. I know that my Facebook feed is much richer because of it. Finally, I would also like to thank the staff and volunteers at the museum for making me feel like family for all of these years and helping me grow. I feel like I’ve gone from that lost baby deer to a full-sized deer (although, it was probably all the food the volunteers made me ear).
This blog makes it sound like I’m dying. I assure you I’m not. At least, I hope not. Not for a while at least. I want grandchildren. (Hint, hint, are you reading this five-year-old toddler?)