Introducing the Japanese American Resource Center of Colorado
HOW WE STARTED:
The Japanese American Resource Center of Colorado (JARCC) was formed in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to preserve, celebrate and share the Japanese and Japanese American experience in Colorado.
HOW IT’S GOING:
We strive to meet the needs of a constantly-changing and diverse community of preserving and protecting the contributions of our Colorado Issei and Nisei descendants for present and future generations* (Sansei, Yonsei, Gosei, etc) through cultural programs and events, educational outreach, heritage preservation and collaborative partnerships with local organizations.
HOW WE GOT HERE:
Distinguished and prominent community leaders composed the original founding group. They were a fluid group that met for several years prior to 2008 with a seed vision of propelling events and resources focused on the sharing of cultural happenings within the Japanese and Japanese American neighborhoods of Denver.
The JARCC organization hosted many high quality and successful events honoring that vision while also collaborating with other local organizations in supporting similar goals, a plan that continues to this day.
Japanese lantern on the Potomac River Tidal Basin during spring cherry blossom season, Washington, D.C.
Andy Cleary Christine Wanifuchi
Erin Valenciano Marie von Haas