Learn About CRS
President & Founder — Yasuko Kasaki
Director & Co-Founder — Chris Pelham
Front Desk Manager — Aya Shibahara
Gallery Director — Rie Nishimura
Healing Clinic Manager — Makiko Mizuta
CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) is a community center opened in 2004 by writer/lecturer/healer Yasuko Kasaki, her students, and artist/producer Christopher Pelham in order to provide artists and individuals from all walks of life with opportunities to remember and share their limitless creative energies. Through our programs in the healing and creative arts, including meditation and A Course in Miracles, you can train your mind to act in accordance with your true self with consistency and to take active steps to follow your internal creative direction.
A Joint Project
CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) is a joint project of the mission-driven for-profit company CRS (incorporated as Yasuko Kasaki Corp.) and the 501(C)(3) non-profit organization Center for Remembering & Sharing (incorporated as Dharma Road Productions, Inc.). The two organizations work together to administer the programs and realize the mission, but the responsibilities of each organization are carefully delineated.
CRS is one of a growing number of new for-profit corporations that prioritizes a "for good" mission rather than the simple accumulation of profit. This allows CRS to exercise entrepreneurial creativity and freedom (not available to non-profits) to pursue its mission in a sustainable fashion. While CRS cannot accept tax-deductible donations, it does accept non-tax-deductible donations to further the missios. Would-be donors who need a tax-deduction can give to its sister non-profit organization, which can legally accept donations for use in administering the mission's arts-focused programs.
How It Works
CRS (the for-profit) holds the lease to 123 4th Ave, 2nd FL, pays the rent, utilities, insurance and upkeep, and also pays the salaries. CRS also administers and manages the cash flow for the Counseling Sessions, Classes, Rentals, and most Workshops, and provides substantial funding to the Center for Remembering & Sharing (the non-profit), which, in turn, funds and administers Artist Residencies, Film Screenings, Performance Series, Arts Workshops, and Exhibitions. When the Center uses space at CRS for its programs, it pays a reduced rate to CRS.
The Center for Remembering & Sharing was founded in 2002 by seven artists. The current board of directors consists of the following members:
Chair – Yasuko Kasaki
Secretary & Treasurer — Christopher Pelham
Board Member – Satomi Kitahara
Who Funds Us
The Center is or has been a member of the Asian American Arts Alliance, A.R.T./New York, and The Field, and has received support from CRS, The Ella Lyman Cabot Trust, the Jim Henson Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, Materials for the Arts, the J P Morgan Chase SOAR Program of the Asian American Arts Alliance, the Queens Council on the Arts, and the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs and administered by the LMCC.