The name of the game is demonstrating Resilience
Everyone in our community has made major adjustments due to the Covid pandemic. We slashed our budget by 40% in 2020, as we knew income would drop. The good news is that we made it through with hard work and ingenuity! Here are some program highlights:
The first Haiku Festival drew 250 submittals from all over the world; hundreds viewed the poems displayed in the gardens last spring.
The grounds were provided free of charge for the first Covid testing facility on Vashon, run by an all-volunteer crew from the Medical Reserve Corps for several months.
Japan Festival was reinvented with the Lantern Labyrinth and online performances. Over 1,500 people visited the 40 day self-guided walk and enjoyed the online activities.
Children and families visited Mukai on many occasions: socially distant outdoor Karate for Kids, school adventures, August Picnics by the Pond, plus two big photography sessions, one for incoming high school seniors and one for people costumed for Halloween.
Films and presentations were online, honoring immigrants and the Japanese American experience during WWII.
No one really knows about the end of Covid, but we do know how to keep this historic gem open and to provide quality programming despite the uncertainty. With your help, we'll continue on!