Sakura Foundation congratulates Board Member DJ Ida, PhD: She is a 2020 honoree along with 9 other individuals and organizations for the Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Award, given annually since 2014 to those who make significant contributions to the Denver community. “The Denver AAPI Commission nominates Dr. DJ Ida for the 2020 Mayor’s Diversity and [...]
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Sakura Square Redevelopment Update from Gary Yamashita - Executive Director of Sakura Foundation We are embarking on an exciting opportunity in the life of Sakura Square. You may have heard that we are in the beginning stages of a much-needed redevelopment of the block between Larimer and Lawrence, and 19th and 20th Streets. As the [...]
February 8, 2020 seems like a lifetime ago – it was the date of our last in-person event! We were fortunate to feature noted genealogist Linda Harms Okazaki in a sold-out seminar at the Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library. We know everyone could use some good news now, so we are happy to share information [...]
Artwork by Kalaya’an Mendoza Sakura Foundation stands with the Black community and raises its voice in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. We collectively grieve the loss of life, hardship and discrimination that has been occurring disproportionately in the Black community for centuries. We know all too well the damage that is done when history and [...]
Born and raised here in Colorado, I identify as Hapa and my Japanese roots run on my mother’s side. We have a deep familial connection to this place and these ties allowed my Grandfather and his family to voluntarily migrate from California to the San Luis Valley during the mass incarcerations of WWII when he [...]
The Mirai Generations Leadership Program has wrapped up another successful year with the intelligent, compassionate and personable 2020 participants: Eric Berve, Jessica Harville, Sachi Ishida and Alex Monson. Despite meeting via Zoom instead of in person and having to delay our final celebration with the community, the program thrived as a result of the flexibility [...]
Asians* in Focus is an initiative by the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA) to create a space dedicated to the sole purpose of telling Asian American, Pacific Islander and Native Hawaiian (AAPINH) stories. Using the full range of artistic expression, Asians* in Focus recognizes that mental health takes many forms. NAAPIMHA [...]
Each eNewsletter will feature a profile on an alumni from Sakura Foundation’s Mirai Generations Leadership Program. This edition will acquaint you with Courtney Ozaki. I am a third- and fourth-generation Japanese American (JA) born and raised in Colorado. My family relocated to Denver following the closing of WWII’s incarceration camps. As a taiko player and [...]
On June 13th, the recipients of the Sakura Foundation Community Scholarship and Sakura Foundation / Tri-State/Denver Buddhist Temple Scholarships were announced at the 65th Annual Japanese American Community Graduation Program (JACGP) Virtual Banquet. Each year JACGP honors eligible graduating high school seniors with scholarships to further their educational pursuits. Sakura Foundation sends its support and [...]
As many of you know, Sakura Foundation is the sole owner of Sakura Square LLC. As such, employees of the LLC also work to carry out the mission of Sakura Foundation. We are pleased to introduce you to the LLC’s new Operations Coordinator, Juri Levchuk. The LLC and Foundation offices have been closed since mid-March [...]