Shikishi exhibition at Little Tokyo

JACCC Shikishi 2012

The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles is sending out an open call for art to display at the 14th Annual Shikishi Exhibition now until Tuesday, Jan 3, 2012.

Community participation is at the heart of creating one of the most popular and interesting annual exhibition, which is also one of the longest running open calls for art in Los Angeles.

Hatu Kaze, or “First Wind” is the theme for this year’s theme for the 14th Annual Shikishi Exhibition, opening on January 8, 2012.

The shikishi paperboards will interpret the theme, expressing messages, wishes, and aspirations for the New Year, as well as references to the Year of the Dragon, and the rich display of creativity and originality will become the collective voice of our diverse community.

Shikishi are Japanese congratulatory cards of standard size, which has been used in Japan since the twelfth century for painting and writing poetry.

Today, these shikishi are given as gifts to make a memorable or special occasion, and the use of this format is the requirement for participation in the exhibit.

There will also be a $10 suggested entry fee.

Shikishi paperborads can be purchased at local Japanese markets, or you can request one from the JACCC while supplies last.

Past participants have included celebrities, local personalities, politicians, writers, artists, priests, and activists. Those who wish to have their shikishi displayed must submit their work by Thursday, December 29, 2011.

For more information about the exhibition call Gavin Kelley at (213) 628-2725 or visit

WHAT: JACCC Open Call for Art
DATE: All entries must be submitted by December 29, 2011.

WHERE: Address submissions to
Japanese American Cultural and Community Center
c/o: 14th Annual Shikishi Exhibition
244 S. San Pedro Street, Suite 505
Los Angeles, CA 90012

INFO: For more information visit