Nikiko Masumoto

2020 YBCA 100 Honoree

Nikiko Masumoto is an organic farmer, memory keeper, and artist. She is Yonsei, a fourth generation Japanese American, and gets to touch the same soil her great-grandparents worked in California where Masumoto Family Farm grows organic nectarines, apricots, peaches, and grapes for raisins. She activates her facilitation, leadership, and creative skills as a performer and leader in the following organizations: as co-founder of Yonsei Memory Project, team member of Center for Performance and Civic Practice re-imagining group, board of Trustees of Western States Arts Federation, board of directors of Art of the Rural, University Advisory Board of California State University at Fresno, and perennial volunteer change-worker. Her most cherished value is courage and most important practice is listening.