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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission is having conversations with a number of grantees.
Landscape architect Ron Henderson was awarded a Creative Artist Exchange Fellowship in 2011 and traveled to Japan in 2012. The Fellowship is funded by the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and administered in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Here, Henderson reflects on his experiences as a Fellow living in Japan.
“As a landscape architect, Japan is an important place for the profession because of its garden traditions,” says Henderson. “It was a great opportunity for me to spend time as a landscape architect investigating the gardens and horticultural practices of Japan.”
Seeking ancient cherry trees that had been cared for and protected in Japan for generations was a remarkable experience for Henderson, who visited ancient trees and culturally-celebrated cherry blossom sites. He researched the unique phenomenon of Japanese cherry blossoms, and interviewed scholars, garden designers and anthropologists. He also documented the particular local horticultural practices of Japan such as pruning, branch crutching, and rope-tenting.
Like many fellows, Henderson presented his work at a public event at the International House of Japan. The event shared his research into the significance of cherry trees and sakura blossoms in Japanese design and culture. His presentation included an exhibition of his sakura orihon, folding sketchbooks, which he used to archive his travel throughout Japan.
While in Kyoto, Henderson interviewed Toemon Sano, the 16th generation head gardener of the Ueto Gardening Company. He has designed many renowned Japanese… » READ MORE
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
The Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, and the U.S.-Japan Bridging Foundation (USJBF) in Washington, DC are seeking TWO fall 2016 interns to support current initiatives, which include activities promoting U.S.-Japan cultural, educational and people-to-people exchange. Interns will be working from a small office in a team-oriented and fast-paced environment and will be expected to be both proactive and flexible in completing assignments.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: September 7, 2016. Offers to be made by September 14. (This will depend on the interview process.)
The internships are located in Washington, D.C. Minimum 30 hours/week for 6 weeks, 9 am-4 pm. The internships are unpaid, but interns receive a reimbursement for actual local transportation costs.
Applicants should be current undergraduate or graduate students with an interest in Japan, excellent communication, research, Internet and organizational skills. Some knowledge of the Japanese language is helpful, but not critical. Please send a resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include preferred start and end dates as well as contact information (email and phone) for up to two references.
Additional details about the internship program may be found here.
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
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