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CGP Grant Program: Grassroots Program 2016

Grassroots Exchange and Education 2016

East West Center  Honolulu, HI  
US-Japan Grassroots Exchange: Citizen Participation in Community Building Post-Disaster (Year 3) 
Project Director: Meril Fujiki 
Participants from the cities of Kobe and Miyako in Japan, and New Orleans and Galveston in the United States, will share experiences, perspectives, and best practices for increasing citizen input on post-disaster policy and decision-making in this project. The project will also examine community grassroots and local non-profit organization efforts to more effectively engage citizens in participatory planning and community building activities that address the long-term recovery and rebuilding of their communities post-disaster. For the final year of the project, the participants will share their experiences and stories with local grassroots groups at a public forum.

National Performance Network  New Orleans, LA  
US/Japan Connections – Building a Community (Year 3) 
Project Director: Kyoko Yoshida  
This project strives to expand the organization’s partnership with the Japan Contemporary Dance Network (JCDN)  and to strengthen its network relations by  including a younger segment of cultural practitioners from organizations such as Arts NPO Link and Opener Network of Performing Arts (ON-PAM). By doing so, National Performance Network, aims to develop the capacity of a younger generation interested in engaging with their communities and reflecting the role of the arts in today’s society and ways of addressing the profound effects caused by natural disasters. 

Volunteers in Asia  Stanford, CA  
Strengthening Japan/US Networks to Equip the Next Generation of Social Innovators (Year 3) 
Project Director: Yi Zhang  
The project aims to further social innovation education in Asia and the U.S. by fostering a group of youth changemakers and building a network of educators and students leaders who inspire each other by sharing their experiences and resources. The objectives are 1. Engage educators both in Asia and the U.S. to improve social entrepreneurship education 2. Foster a core group of emerging leaders in Asia and the U.S. 3. Build a Network among educators, youth leaders, social entrepreneurship practitioners 4. Develop curricula,   teaching materials and an online dissemination platform to support educators and youth leaders.

Asian Art Museum  San Francisco, CA  
Japan Educators Network Project (Year 1)
Project Director: Caren Gutierrez
In this project, Asian Art Museum will form and lead a network of museum educators across the United States, and to leverage these educators’ regional networks to ensure broader, national reach for Japan-focused materials. This project builds upon the successes of the previous Bridget Japan Project, and will leverage its resources to disseminate quality, engaging, and authoritative resources on Japan’s art, history and culture. The project will create a network of art museum education in the U.S. and Japan dedicated to improve quality of resources, develop a model curriculum that will align with Common Core Standards, and build awareness among K-12 teachers  of art museums as a major resource through the creation of a microsite.

Museum of the Rockies  Bozeman, MT  
Building Community Partnerships: The Japan US Natural Science Museums Project (Year 1)
Project Director: Dr. Patrick Leiggi
This project will develop and expand the existing American and Japanese natural history museum network to promote educational learning and community engagement through sciences of paleontology, geology and astronomy. The museum curricula that will be developed will be used with local schools to inspire lifelong learning and will be made available in English and Japanese. This project will involve the partnership of six museums that will engage public participation in the communities of Kumamoto and the state of Montana and is designed to increase educational programming and outreach in these sister states.

National Association of Japan America Societies  Washington, DC  
JAS Network Support through NAJAS
Project Director: Makiko Murotani 
This project is aimed to provide an integrated program for the Japan-America Society network, which combines structural, program and network growth support from NAJAS. Member services will include 1) structural support of JASes through strengthening management and Board capacity by holding an annual meeting that will inform members of current US-Japan issues as well as to share best practices and to develop leadership capability through mentorship and 2) Program Support of JAS to encourage interest in public affairs relating to Japan and provide services to current members through single speaker funding for small scale JAS events.

United States Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association (USJETAA)  Washington, DC  
Developing Next Generation Leaders in the US-Japan Relationship through USJETAA 
Project Director: Laurel Lukaszewski 
This project aims to create a strong foundation in order to support the professional network of alumni in the JET Programme. To do this, USETAA will engage members in local communities, especially in regions where access to resources is limited and to provide JETAA chapters with the tools to better engage their members and local communities in their activities. Futhermore, the project aims to improve networks of communities between JETAA and other organizations at the local and national level.

Primary Source  Boston, MA    
Content Integration and Dissemination, Conference on Teaching Culture in the Foreign Language Classroom, and Conference Outreach on Japan” 
Project Director: Dr. Deborah Cunningham
Primary Source will provide a three-part project designed to support K-12 teachers bringing Japan and Japanese culture into their classrooms: 1) through their professional developing programming, the organization will provide integrated exposure on Japan through case studies, examples and literature which will demonstrate how themes already being taught in classrooms can provide entrypoints for bringing Japanese culture to students 2) host a one-day conference for Japanese language teachiners focusing on best practices on teaching Japanese culture in the classroom and 3) lead workshops on Japan at key conferences such as at the National Council Social Studies (NCSS)