“JUST GO – It’s one of the most moving museums in the world.” – TripAdvisor review, 2016
“This is an institution that knows how to use a co-creative process to create high quality products.” – Nina Simon, The Participatory Museum, 2010
“[The Wing] doesn’t pretend there’s one formula. Core values really matter… [and there’s] a range of ways of working that can adhere to these values.” – Bill Adair, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
The Story behind the Stories
Real stories of real people. Hardly told in the school books. Rarely seen on TV. Almost never on the silver screen. What does it take to create exhibits and programs at The Wing?
For The Wing, the nuts-and-bolts “how-to” starts with the “why.” Values inform actions. Relationships grow over time. Commitments are made with the long-term in mind.
Community members have been coming together to do this work through The Wing for over 20 years. We’re honored to steward this community-developed, community-based model. To quote Michelle Kumata, our Exhibit Director, “Community built the Museum and the Museum builds community!”
Explore these web pages more if…
· You’re a Member of The Wing interested in learning more about your Museum
· You’re a Community Member currently volunteering on one of The Wing’s Community Advisory Committees or thinking about joining one
· You’re with another Community Organization wanting to grow
· You’re an Artist, Curator, Arts Professional, or with an Arts, Culture, Heritage Organization eager to connect with community better, engage with meaningful issues, and become essential to the changing communities around us
· You’re part of a School or Educational Institution committed to working hand-in-hand with students, families and communities to develop the next generation of leaders
· You’re a Grantmaker broadening your knowledge of how arts, culture and heritage impact lives
· You’re working in the Public Sector exploring how to better engage diverse communities
Since then, our community process has received local, national and international recognition. The Wing was named the first Smithsonian Affiliate in the Pacific Northwest, and in 2013, was designated an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service (NPS).
In 2010, from a national pool of more than 400 nominations, The Wing’s YouthCAN was one of only 15 winners selected for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. In 2011, The Wing’s Executive Director Beth Takekawa was one of 56 cultural leaders from 25 countries invited to participate in the Salzburg Global Seminar on Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture, an international seminar supported by IMLS.
A full list of our Awards and Recognitions is here.
“I became connected with the Wing Luke Museum through a youth program called YouthCAN. What inspired me to make this piece [for The Wing] was the opportunity and working with the people [there]. For the art itself, what inspired me was people being unified and celebrating life.” Erin Shigaki
“I’m a maker of all sorts of things, but most of my time is spent doing graphic design and illustration. I first visited The Wing in grade school. I was awestruck by the re-creation of the internment camp barrack because I knew my family had lived through the incarceration. I first began working for The Wing in 2006 as part of the exhibit design team for the current space in the [East] Kong Yick Building. Each time I am part of a CAC [Community Advisory Committee], I am reminded how energetic, delightful and diverse our community is. Each CAC member cares about putting forth all perspectives and making our community known and stronger. I hoped to convey these things in my piece.”
With special thanks to our dedicated community members and supporters for leadership and guidance in sharing about The Wing’s Community Process:
Community Advisory Committee
Misun Chung Gerrick
Pat Norikane Logerwell
Bill Adair, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage
Celeste Bernardo, NPS Lowell National Historic Park
Brian Carter, 4Culture
Gayle Isa, Asian Arts Initiative
Nora Liu, Center for Social Inclusion
LeiLani Nishime, University of Washington
Sarah Pharoan, International Sites of Conscience
Steve Shwartzman, Institute of Museum and Library Services
Eric Taylor, 4Culture, retired
Tony To, HomeSight
With additional written interviews by:
Pat Norikane Logerwell
Created, in part, by a grant from the Kresge Foundation, and in partnership with the National Park Service. “Go Beyond Our Walls” made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Copyright 2016 by the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.