In 1922, in the burgeoning area of downtown Los Angeles known as Little Tokyo, leaders of three separate struggling Japanese missions decided to combine their efforts to create one strong church. They called it the Japanese Union Church. And as the construction workers and parishioners lowered the ceremonial cornerstone that year, they were laying a foundation built on unity and co-existence - values which would continue to be represented throughout the structure’s life. Today, It is no wonder that the simple yet grand four-columned Colonial building, which began as the Japanese Union Church of Los Angeles is now the Union Center for the Arts, stands as a monument to what can be accomplished when cooperation, understanding and a singular vision of community guides the way.
Giving voice to an enduring landmark that has experienced pivotal moments in the history of Los Angeles, Traces 2: UNION presents a glimpse into the life of a building through the memories and accounts of those who have been a part of it's story. If you are among those who have been there, whether for a musical production, an art show, a film screening in 2012, or for worship in 1923, then you will know that 120 Judge John Aiso St. has embodied much of what is good in a metropolis as complex and enriching as Los Angeles.
"Civilizations should be measured by the degree of diversity attained and the degree of unity retained." - W. H. Auden
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