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Education Grantees 2014

Japan Fest Atlanta, GA 
JapanFest 2014
Project Director: Kazuyoshi Domoto 
The JapanFest is an annual festival held in Atlanta that feature educational workshops, demonstrations, and professional performances focusing on Japanese art and culture.  This year will mark its 28th anniversary, with its theme as Washoku and will include Mineko Moreno, a Japanese cuisine specialist, as well as offer various types of Japanese food demonstrations, exhibits, panel discussions, tastings and unique food produce for attendees.

University of Tennessee Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN 
Integrating Japan Into Tennessee Middle and High School History and Geography Courses 
Project Director: Lucien Ellington   
The objective of this project is to assist 20 Tennessee middle and high school social studies teachers in learning about content, curriculum resources and pedagogical strategies that will better position them to teach about Japan and its regional and global relationships so that they can more effectively teach the new standards-based Tennessee geography courses.  The project will hold 2 professional development workshops for the teachers  that will ask participants to submit and refine their ideas about the creation of Japan-based educational case studies, which will be distributed to all teachers upon successful completion of the project.

South Carolina Kyudo Renmei Simpsonville, SC  
Seventy-two Seasons of Chado 
Project Director: Jean Murphy  
The South Caroline Kyudo Renmei will present its “Seventy-Two Seasons of Chado” at the Gibbs Gardens in rural Georgia. Tea ceremonies will takes place during the event with guests invited to participate and the event will include educational workshops on tea ceremony and ikebana.

Cedarhurst Center for the Arts Mt. Vernon, IL  
One World Taiko 
Project Director: Jennifer Sarver   
The Cedarhurst Center for the Arts will host the One World Taiko group for 4 performances geared towards not only the general public, but for marginalized and underserved families within the area. The performances will consist of 1 hour, with 3 of the performances for local schools and the final performance for the general public. To create larger impact for the event, Cedarhurst will schedule 2 programs that highlight Japanese culture, including a Story Time for pre-k and kindergarten students as well as a Family Day for parents and students.

Center College  Danville, KY   
The Japanese Winter Plum Festival  
Project Director: Steve Hoffman    
The purpose of the Japanese Winter Plum Festival is to give life to Sagi-Ryu Kyogen Theatre and to promote cross-cultural appreciation. Twenty delegates from Yamaguch, Japan, some of whom represent the Sagi-Ryu Kyogen Threatre, will spend one week on the Centre College campus, with a culminating event of their visit being the Japanese Winter Plum Festival. Attendees are invited to view the Sagi-Ryu Kyogen plays and have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese culture through various workshops, public lectures, demonstrations and receptions.  

Japan Center at Stony Brook Long Island, NY  
Sakura Matsuri – Spend a Day in Japan  
Project Director: Gerard Senese 
The Japanese festival will feature a variety of family-oriented workshops, exhibitions and lectures as well as professional performances in traditional and contemporary Japanese arts. In addition, tea ceremony demonstrations will be accompanied by a lecture on the history and philosophy of Cha-no-Yu. Workshops in Taiko drumming and Japanese folk dance will provide the community with an interactive experience of Japanese culture.

Whitfield Manjiro Friendship Society Fairhaven, MA   
Whaling, Japanese Culture and the Whitfield – Manjiro Story   
Project Director: Gerald Rooney
This project will conduct a week-long intensive professional development workshop for teachers focused on whaling, Japanese culture, and the Whitfield-Manjiro story. Through hands-on demonstrations and interactions, participants will learn aspects of Japanese language, food and culture such as kabuki and kamishibai.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan New York, NY    
Hello from Japan! Exhibit    
Project Director: David Rios 
The objective of this project is to foster understanding of Japanese culture amongst families. The exhibit will focus on contemporary and traditional Japanese culture in a fun and culturally accessible way.  To supplement the exhibit, the museum will hold workshops and demonstrations that will cover a wide range of cultural forms such as music, dance, cuisine and visual art, which will be in partnership with a variety of Japanese artists and arts organizations in an around New York City.

Lexington Children’s Theater Lexington, KY     
Understanding Peace through Sadako’s Thousand Cranes 
Project Director: Vannessa Grosl 
This peace project will aim to educate students at Wellington Elementary School about Sadako’s thousand cranes, WWII, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The students will develop origami cranes and have a Soran Bushi tutorial, which will be coordinated through the JOI Coordinator based in Kentucky.

Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese New York, NY    
NECTJ Harumatsuri     
Project Director: Masahiro Tanaka  
The Japanese Spring Festival is aimed to provide high school students an understanding of Japanese language and culture in a real life interactive cultural exchange. The festival will holds interactive booths and performances focused on Japanese traditional garments, tea ceremony, flower arrangements.   

Japan America Society of Vermont  Shelburne, VT     
Community Outreach Optimization Year 2     
Project Director: Lois Obregon 
The Japan America Society of Vermont will conduct its second year of educational outreach activities to its local community, which includes pottery, ikebana, origami and Japanese language classes. Furthermore, this year JASV will be holding its biennial matsuri, which includes interactive booths such as origami and calligraphy as well as taiko and aikido performances.