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Historic Wintersburg Japanese Community Buildings in Huntington Beach Destroyed by Property Owner After Fire of Unknown Origin

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On February 25, the 1910 Japanese Mission's Manse in the historic district of Wintersburg in Huntington Beach was severely damaged by fire, then it was demolished together with an adjacent historic building without a permit by the property owner, it was reported. This has prompted outrage and a demand for an investigation by the Historic Wintersburg association, other Orange County historic preservationists and the local Japanese-American community. The organizations have cited a local legacy of anti-Japanese and anti-Asian hate.

Read more in the OC Register article here.

Read more about the response by the Historic Wintersburg organization and others here.


Iryna Krechkovsky, Ukrainian-born virtuoso violinist, member of Trio Celeste (2017 OC Arts Award honorees for Emerging Artists), co-founder and Executive Director of Chamber Music OC, has organized a virtual concert in response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Europe, on Tuesday, March 8th at 7 pm. 100% of the proceeds will go to United Ukrainian American Relief Committee, Inc. (ЗУАДК). Featured artists will include violinists Iryna Krechkovsky (Trio Céleste), Marta Krechkovsky (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra), GRAMMY-winning pianist Nadia Shpachenko (Cal Poly Pomona), Marisa Gupta (international concert pianist), the Endpin Cello Choir, and members of Chamber Music | OC’s Pre-College Program. More details here.

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Congress Acting Soon on Budget & Arts Agency Funding

& Request to Extend Shuttered Venue Operators Grants

Congressional leaders are in the final steps of negotiating an FY 2022 "Omnibus" appropriations bill that would fund the federal government, including federal cultural agencies like the National Endowment for the Arts. The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Act limited grants awards to be used by the end of 2021. Due to ongoing COVID-19 public health closures, a bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives are working to extend the project period into 2023 by attaching the Save our Stages Extension Bill to the FY 2022 Omnibus funding bill.

Take action now by contacting your Member of Congress through this easy online form.


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