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Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Five Outstanding U.S. Artists Selected to Participate in the 2017 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship Program
For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C., August 3, 2016: The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that a group of five outstanding artists from the United States have been selected to participate in the 2017 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program. The artists will travel to Japan during the 2017 calendar year to pursue their three to five month residency. Since the program’s inception in 1978, 165 U.S. artists, representing a diverse range of disciplines, have been selected to travel to Japan under this program.
The 2017 group of U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program fellows includes:
Elaine Buckholtz – Visual Artist – Boston, MA
Jami Nakamura Lin, Writer – Chicago, IL
Kimi Maeda, Theater Artist – Columbia, SC
Quynh Vantu, Architect, Artist – Glen Allen, VA
Vanessa Voskuil, Choreographer, director, performer, writer, designer, teaching artist – Minneapolis, MN
“This award recognizes the outstanding talent among U.S. artists and the importance of cultural exchange between Japan and the United States”, said Paige Cottingham-Streater, Executive Director of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. “The Commission is proud of its longstanding partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and we are delighted to support this unique experience for people-to-people exchange.”
Since 1978, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts in cooperation with the International House of Japan (I-House) and the Government of Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs have administered the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program. Each year five leading U.S.-based artists, representing… » READ MORE
Monday, July 18, 2016
JUSFC Commissioners T.J. Pempel and Sheila A. Smith Awarded the Government of Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation
The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is delighted to announce that Commissioners T.J. Pempel and Sheila Smith have been awarded the Government of Japan Foreign Minister’s Commendation for FY 2016. The Foreign Minister’s Commendations are awarded to individuals and groups with outstanding achievements in international fields, in order to acknowledge their contributions to the promotion of friendship between Japan and other countries.
T.J. Pempel serves as a Commissioner on the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. He is currently Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to Berkeley, Prof. Pempel was the Boeing Professor of International Studies at the University of Washington. He has also served on the faculty at Cornell University, the University of Colorado and the University of Wisconsin. Prof. Pempel’s research and teaching focus on comparative politics, political economy, contemporary Japan, and Asian regional ties. His recent books include Remapping East Asia: The Construction of a Region; Regime Shift: Comparative Dynamics of the Japanese Political Economy; Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia and The Economic-Security Nexus in Northeast Asia. In addition, he has published over one hundred twenty scholarly articles and chapters in books. Prof. Pempel received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University. His current research involves Asian adjustments to the rise in global finance and the decline in security bipolarity. He is active in the Northeast Asian Cooperation Dialogue.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
The next deadline for submitting institutional grants to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is July 1, 2017.
2016 Applicants may expect to hear from JUSFC in early October 2016.
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