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UCLA Nikkei Student Union's 33rd Annual Cultural Night

$6,313
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Raised toward our $5,000 Goal
94 Donors
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UCLA Nikkei Student Union's 33rd Annual Cultural Night

WHO WE ARE

Hi everyone! We are Nikkei Student Union's (NSU) Cultural Night Team this year! For all four of us, Cultural Night (CN) has played a monumental role in our college experiences, with a majority of us having performed on stage in previous years’ CNs! We are extremely excited to continue this annual tradition and are working hard to make this year’s performance great!

A photo of the 4 members of the UCLA Nikkei Student Union Cultural NIght Team

WHAT IS CULTURAL NIGHT?

Cultural Night (CN) is our largest event of the year with around 1,000 students, staff, alumni, and community members in attendance. CN began back in February of 1986 with the Week of Remembrance, an on-campus event created to commemorate the signing of Executive Order 9066, the order responsible for incarcerating over 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II. Since then, CN has evolved as a way to showcase talented performers and feature issues that are relevant to the Japanese American community. This year, our show will be held on February 22, 2019 from 7:00-9:30 PM in Royce Hall. The production will feature performances from NSU Odori, NSU Modern, Kyodo Taiko, and finally our drama cast to tie in this year’s theme.

An image of the four performance groups (drama, Kyodo Taiko, NSU Odori, and NSU Modern) on Royce Hall stage.

In the past, the drama performances have covered topics such as gentrification, incarceration, and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This year, we are focusing on mental health in the Japanese American community, as we believe this topic has become increasingly important. We hope to use this performance to confront stigmas that exist surrounding mental illness and encourage greater dialogue surrounding the topic.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

UCLA NSU Cultural Night (CN) is part of UCLA Nikkei Student Union, a Japanese American social and cultural organization. As a student-run club, we rely heavily on outside funding sources to make events such as CN possible. We seek funds through various avenues such as applying for grants and funding through UCLA, as well as seeking out sponsorships from local businesses and organizations.

NSU’s CN has always been free and open to the public, and we want the show to remain accessible and welcoming for all. But while we are actively pursuing various funding opportunities, CN can still be very costly. As a result, we are reaching out to you to help us reach our goal! Our goal is to raise $5,000 that would be used towards the following areas:

An Infographic showing the percentages of the total budget that the funds raised would go towards.. (75% for the venue Royce Hall, 15% for printing programs, 5% for costumes, 3% for advertising, and 2% for props/supplies)

Any amount that you’re able to donate can help us fund this program! If monetary donations are not possible at this time, there are other ways you can show your support! We would love to spread the word across as many networks as possible. If you could simply share the SPARK campaign link on social media or via email, that would greatly help us as well!

PROGRAM IMPACT

CN has been a unique opportunity for us as students to organize and produce a large-scale program centered on Japanese American history, cultural identity, and experience. As we enter our 33rd year, we have seen the visibility that the production has provided for our community, as well as the importance of continuing this tradition for years to come. With your help, we can keep providing this artistic and educational platform for our community in the Los Angeles area!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN MAKING CULTURAL NIGHT POSSIBLE!

 

Our way
of Thanking You

$10

Name Listed in Program

We appreciate any donation, no matter the amount! As a thank you for your $10 donation, we will list your name on our donations page in the program. Any donations above this amount will also be listed in the program! (Fully Tax Deductible)

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$25

Facebook Shoutout on NSU Page

As a thank you for your $25 donation, we would like to give you a shout out on our Nikkei Student Union Facebook page. (Fully Tax Deductible)

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$50

CN Team Haiku!

As a thank you for your $50 donation, the CN Team as patrons of the arts will write and send you a haiku!

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Estimated Delivery: March 2019

$100

CN T-Shirt, Handwritten Note

As a thank you for your amazing $100 donation, you will receive a Cultural Night 2019 T-shirt in the size of your choice, which will be delivered within 2 months of the program! You will also receive a handwritten note from our CN Team (Tax Deductible Donation of $90)

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$250

1/2 Page Space of Appreciation

As a thank you for your awesome $250 donation, you will receive a half-page space of appreciation in our program for a message or picture of your choice! (Fully Tax Deductible)

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$500

1 Page Space of Appreciation

As a thank you for your incredible $500 donation, you will receive a full-page space of appreciation in our program for a message or picture of your choice. (Fully Tax Deductible)

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$1,000

Seating, 1 Page Space

As a thank you for your unbelievable $1000 donation, you will receive a full-page space of appreciation in our program for a message or picture of your choice and reserved orchestra seating in the second row for you and up to three guests! (Fully Tax Deductible)

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