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Education Grantees 2015

Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese New York, NY  
NECTJ Student Haiku Contest 
Project Director: Kazuo Tsuda  
The Northeast Council of Teachers of Japanese will hold its annual student Haiku Contest in this United Nations Assembly lobby, where the first, second and third place winners will read their haikus aloud. Furthermore, a haiku anthology book will be created to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the contents and will feature poems and images from the past 10 contests and will be disseminated to participating schools.  

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.

Nesin Cultural Arts Monticello, NY 
Legends and Folk Tales of Japan
Project Director: Akiko Hosoi   
The project will feature a teacher-training workshop and a 2-week arts institute for students ages 7-18.  Teachers will undergo a professional development workshop with Taiko and Dance specialists, while students will study Japanese arts and culture with specialists in the first week, and will create their own kamishibai the second week. Afterwards, students will present their works to the local community.   

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts  Hagerstown, MD   
Along the Eastern Road: Hiroshige’s 53 Stations of the Tokaido
Project Director: Nancie Zinn  
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts will feature 55 revolutionary wood-block prints by Utagawa Hiroshige, recording the scenic views along the famous “Eastern Road” that linked Edo (now Tokyo) with Kyoto. To complement the visitors’ experience of the exhibition, the museum will hold a series of festivals and events for adults, families and children, including a cherry blossom festival, Children’s Day festival, as well as to celebrate Tanabata.

The Japan Center at Stony Brook Long Island, NY   
Sakura Matsuri – Spend a Day in Japan
Project Director: Gerard Senese    
This project aims to hold a Sakura Festival in Stony Brook. The festival will feature various performance such as Taiko, Japanese dance, and cosplay. For children activities will include origami, learn to draw Manga, & workshops in Martial Arts, Taiko and Dance. For adults, there will be an opportunity to partake in the Japanese Tea ceremony, Ikebana and try Kimono Fashions.

Midori and Friends  New York, NY    
“Journey to Japan” 2015-2016  
Project Director: Lauren Noble     
Midori and Friends will hold a 6 week unit that introduces public school students grades 3-5 to history, music  and culture of Japan, in structured immersive “fantasy trips” to 3 partner schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. The program culminates in a concert for  family and school community members where students perform the music they have learned during the program, as well as showcase the creative work they have produced

Japan Day New York, NY    
Learn and Experience Japanese Technology
Project Director: Manatsu Domoto  
Japan Day @ Central Park returns to the Bandshell area and Rumsey Playfield in Central Park with a wide range of Japanese family-friendly activities, delicious food and stage show that are available to visitors for free. This year will feature current technological innovations from Japan including, PARO the therapeutic robot seal, the electron miniscope developed by Hitachi, as well as a Shinkansen driving simulator.

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate Greenville, SC     
“Hello from Japan!” Exhibit and Related Programming
Project Director: Diana Berti  
This project will hold educator workshops, program series, exhibits and a summer day camp for its Summer 2015 “Hello from Japan!” exhibition in Greenville in South Carolina. The project will be geared toward children ages 4-14, and in addition to the exhibition, will include manga workshops, tea ceremonies, and a 5-day anime film festival.

Japan America Society of Northwest Florida New York, NY    
New Year’s Celebration  
Project Director: Shigeko Honda   
The Japan America Society of Northwest Florida will hold its annual New Year Celebration, with exhibits and  presentations  that include a Taiko performance, Shakuhachi, Japanese calligraphy, origami and a booth that will provide resources for teachers to share in their classrooms

Wisconsin Academy of Global Education and Training, Milwaukee, WI      
Wisconsin- Chiba Taiko Performance     
Project Director: Michael J. Dietz  
This project aims to bring 2 Taiko Drummer groups from the sister city of Chiba to perform in various cities in Wisconsin for 4 days. They will also hold workshop for community members and participate in the main “Ho Chunk” Intercultural event, which will bring Native American, Japanese, Chinese, and Hmong drumming groups to learn from one another in a community setting.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Denver, CO       
Mystical Abyss- Theatre of Yugen
Project Director: Cleo Parker Robinson   
This project aims to provide the educational programming for the performances of Theatre of Yugen’s “Mystical Abyss”, a multidisciplinary performance piece inspired by Japanese and Iroquois creation myths. Educational outreach will include holding workshops in several schools, a special performance for students at the Cleo Parker Dance New Theater, asnd short lectures and demonstration with artists from the professional Noh theatre in Japan.

University of Tennessee Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN       
Integrating Japan and East Asian Regional Studies into Tennessee Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Honors Classes
Project Director: Lucien Ellington    
The University of Tennessee Chattanooga aimes to facilitate the planning of a 2 full day workshop to assist 20 Tennessee high school teachers who teach at the World History and Geography at the AP,IB or Honors level. The project aims to target teachers that will have a large student impact in student learning and their communities.