Please help us fill the $20,000 gap in revenues

Today is Giving Tuesday Now and we are sharing with you as a friend or member to help cover our loss of revenue due to mandated COVID-19 closures resulting in cancellations or postponed activities.

On this global day of giving and unity, we recognize the immense and unprecedented impact the COVID-19 public health emergency is having, and will likely continue to have, on the arts and culture sector, including impacts on our funded projects and organizations.

Each year, our organization receives a $25,000 award from a private family foundation keen to support programming and maintenance of this heritage resource. This year, the foundation has let us know that the majority of funds will be redirected to service organizations supporting front-line workers. We respect this decision and know it is the right one to make given demonstrated need and heroic work by all; however, we depend on this annual gift to fund our operations, as follows:

  1.  Author residencies to create a live-work space for professional and emerging writers of all backgrounds, with a particular interest in support writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour. Since 2010, we have hosted more than 40 writers as they create new work. Many of their manuscripts have gone on to publication, including Ava Homa’s soon-to-be-released Daughters of Smoke and Fire, the first novel written by a female Kurdish writer; the novel Farida by Monia Mazigh; new poems by Mohawk-Tuscarora poet Janet Rogers; Nadia Hohn’s new children’s picture book in the Malaika and the Caribbean Carnival series, among many others;
  2.  Educational tours for children, youth, and the general public to share Joy Kogawa’s writing and her message of forgiveness and understanding, so important today when race-based aggression continues to find a place; and
  3. Operations and maintenance of the 1912 Marpole house where Joy Kogawa lived as a child before the Second World War, and from which she and her family were displaced along with 21,000 other Canadians of Japanese origin; Historic Joy Kogawa House is one of the only confiscated homes that has been returned to public use.

Owned by the City of Vancouver and operated by a community-based organization, our mandate is to maintain the heritage resource as a cultural site of remembrance for all Canadians.

These three mandated uses are all supported by the annual gift from our private family foundation, the Frank H. Hori Family Foundation, which this year still has contributed $5,000 of the usual $25,000. Thank you, Donna Hori, Stella Chomiak, and Paul Uchikata. You have helped us even in this most difficult year. Now we are reaching out to friends and members.

Please help us fill the $20,000 gap in revenues with a donation large or small. We invite all Canadians to join us in demonstrating the power of generosity.

Use the button on our Support page to make a secure donation. Or write a cheque payable to the Historic Joy Kogawa Society and mail it to #GivingTuesdayNow, Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V6P 2N4.

Tax receipts are available for all donations.

Thank you for your support!

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