In 2005, the Japanese-American National Museum created this new, separate, non-profit educational institution inside a historical building in downtown Los Angeles. This new space, The National Center for the Preservation of Democracy, works to inspire youth to become active, informed participants in shaping democracy in America. Unlike traditional museum exhibitions, the Center is designed to engage participants more deeply in the content, and to provide a safe space for them to vocalize their opinions through a facilitated experience. Stories are also related in nontraditional media such as light-tables, pull-out cards, oral history clips, educational activities and discussions. Winner of design awards from the AIGA, Art Director's Club and SEGD.