The Marsh’s Official Statement on the Renaming of The J#p Box

From our Artistic Director, Stephanie Weisman

At The Marsh, we believe in presenting art that enlightens, entertains, gives voice to our communities, and presents a wide range of views. We also believe in listening to our community and learning. David Hirata’s piece is an eloquent look at the horrors of the Japanese-American internments during WWII, as well as the heinous appropriation by Westerners of one of the first Japanese works of illusion seen in America.

We are profoundly apologetic for not immediately understanding how deeply affected many Japanese-Americans were by the use of what was a vicious slur in the original title of David’s work. Once we were made aware of this issue, we worked with David to rectify the situation immediately. We have tremendous gratitude to all the community members who took the time to bring to our attention how hurtful it was to see this epithet and thank everyone for helping to enlighten us.

Stephanie Weisman, Founder and Artistic Director of The Marsh

Click here to read David Hirata’s statement on the renaming.