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Bid For Education

Funds raised by the Bid for Education are earmarked to support bus transportation and museum admission for primary and secondary school students from Title I schools and groups who have demonstrated financial need. Bid for Education funds also support K-12 educator workshops, the development of free printed and digital resources for educators, docent recruitment and training, and many other educational initiatives.

We invite your support of the Bid for Education.

2020 Gala Dinner Update: We are going virtual!

Our annual Gala Dinner is our biggest event fundraiser, drawing over a thousand supporters in attendance every year. While we wish we could have had a chance to come together for this special occasion that happens only once a year, we are so grateful for all of the support received from the community during this challenging time. In this regard, we've made the decision to be creative and turn the 2020 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction into a virtual gala instead of cancelling the gala all together. We are planning an online program, auction, and Bid for Education, and invite you and your family and friends to join us online on April 18, 2020.


The online auction will be OPEN FOR BIDDING from Friday, April 10 at 5 p.m. through Saturday, April 18 at 7 p.m. (PDT)

Our live virtual program will take place April 18, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. (PDT) and will require no registration. The program will feature our Lexus Opportunity Drawing and Bid For Education. Please visit on April 18 for access details.



For more information regarding how to participate in our virtual gala, please visit

We thank you in advance for your continuing support and understanding.

Bid For Education



In 2000, the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye initiated the Bid for Education at the museum's gala dinner to meet a critical need felt by our schools-to provide bus transportation for students to visit the Japanese American National Museum.

Since that time, the Bid for Education proceeds have allowed hundreds of thousands of students to visit the museum and learn first-hand about the Japanese American experience. In addition to covering bus transportation costs, the Bid for Education dollars also help expand students' horizons nationally through the museum's teacher training programs and web-based resources. Through the on-going educational programs, the museum continues its commitment to promote understanding and appreciation of America's ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience with every classroom in the country.

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Comments from teachers gathered in a post-visit survey during the 2018-2019 school year:

"The bus scholarship we received helps our school administration and our School Board realize how committed we are to reaching out for welcoming opportunities that are available. One question I ask my students is: "Now that you have received this gift, how will YOU give back after your graduate?" 

"I did not realize how moving the first-hand accounts would be (for me and the kids) but this was a genuine "highlight" for many of us." 

"[JANM] engages students to think about history and apply critical thinking to current day situations. Very welcoming and kind." 

"The most profound aspect is the devotion and commitment to social justice that the museum embraces. These are transformational experiences for students. Asking the questions, 'Could this (forced evacuations) occur again' and 'How do we keep this kind of injustice from ever happening again in this country?"'is the single most important issue for our students who will soon be out in the world voting, running for public office and hopefully realizing just how much they have in common with their neighbors - whether or not they are of the same cultural, racial, religious, etc. background."

"[JANM] provide[d] opportunities for students to learn Japanese culture and history, and its relation to historical events that often get overlooked in classrooms."

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