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Education Grantees 2020

Amherst Ballet Theatre Company, Amherst, MA
Blossoming Words, Blossoming movements: Dances to Tanka Poems
Project Director: Reiko Sono
To present dances choreographed to Tanka Poems at public schools and local dance studios. The Tanka Poems will play role as to explaining its meaning and cultural significance to the students of Amherst Ballet and to the local community of Massachusetts.

LifeSmart Education Inc., Grove City, OH
Japanese Cultural Summit – Language, History, Culture
Project Director: Sehrish Rider
To support a 3-day online Japanese Cultural Summit for LSE staff and students from underrepresented backgrounds within the Columbus, Ohio region to learn more about Japan, with the goal of encouraging these youth to pursue a globalized education. Students will hear from qualified speakers about fun cultural topics as well as practical ones, such as how to prepare for a trip to Japan.

Hot Springs National Park Sister City Foundation, Hot Springs, AR
Hot Springs Cherry Blossom Festival Journey through Japan
Project Director: Michelle Roberts
To support Hot Springs Cheery Blossom Festival that entails a walk-through of displays of four seasons in Japan, taiko and bon odori performances, interactive exhibitions such as origami and haiku composition, and an exhibition commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake to introduce Japanese culture to the residents of Arkansas and visitors to Hot Springs and to share enduring optimism and resilience of the Japanese culture as the arrival of Spring is celebrated, and so is the metaphor for emerging from the COVID19 pandemic.