Japanese Cultural Festival

Sunday, May 05, 10 am to 5 pm
At CMA, 103 Charlton Street, New York
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Join us on Sunday, May 5, for a celebration of Japanese culture! CMA is partnering with Taikoza, a NYC-based musical group of players and educators, and the Tenri Cultural Institute to present performances and interactive workshops. Taikoza will be sharing Japan’s rich musical performance tradition of taiko drums and bamboo flutes at 12 and 2 pm. Story Time will feature books by Japanese authors at 11 am with Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger of the Hudson Park Library.

Workshops inspired by traditional and contemporary arts practices of Japan include:

Calligraphy Mural (書道展), inspired by Usugrow in Fine Arts: Usugrow is a mural artist from Tokyo who covers walls with his own personal style of calligraphy. Calligraphy is the art of handwriting using beautiful technical qualities. Usugrow uses black and white paint exclusively on walls, and scribes positive messages to inspire the public that passes by. Today in the studio, we’ve erected a mural wall where young artists will collaborate using calligraphy to celebrate positivity!

Textured Containers (陶芸), inspired by Makiko Hattori in Fine Arts: Makiko Hattori creates ceramic containers and sculptures that have highly detailed textures on their surfaces. She creates new forms that have never before existed borrowing inspiration from the human body and clothing to “inspire our space and spirit.” Today in the studio, we’ll be creating containers from air dry clay with highly textured surfaces of our own! Will you create a planter, a pencil holder or an art object? Use buttons, beads and other upcycled materials to decorate sustainable containers!

The Yarn Web (蜘蛛の糸), inspired by Chiharu Shiota in the Gallery: Come yarnbomb our PVC-pipe gazebo structure, inspired by Chiaharu Shiota! Shiota uses yarn to string together entire rooms. These webs connect objects and viewers. The installation will stretch from ceiling to floor, creating an environment where guests can become part of the art. Come string together an installation in community with other young artists!

Light Paintings (電気絵画), inspired by Ei Arakawa in the Media Lab: Ei Arakawa is a performance artist that makes LED paintings that can change and interact with the audience. Some of the paintings even sing! This social breakdown of artist and public remind us that we are all artists. What interactive painting will you animate today?

Sushi (寿司) at the Clay Bar: Sushi is a popular Japanese dish made of rice and other fillings, like fish, vegetables, or even fruit. It is sometimes rolled in dried algae, called Nori, then cut bite-sized. Don’t forget the condiments! Shōyu, or soy sauce, and spicy Wasabi will make your dish complete.

J-POP (Jポップ) in the Sound Booth: or J-POP is a popular style of musical genre with roots in traditional Japanese music while blending cultural influences from around the world. Can you hear influences of pop and rock music of the 60’s and 70’s? What about dance music from the 80’s and 90’s?

This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, The Japan Foundation, New York, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with Taikoza and the Tenri Cultural Institute. CIVICKIDS is sponsored by Google.

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