ART WORKSHOP + SCREENING TOUR LAUNCHED THIS MARCH 2011
PROJECT NIHON was honored to have our first art workshop, with never-before seen raw footage from the documentary, in their home state of Minnesota.
Hosted by Tomodachi store, the event “Project Nihon Sunday” included a screening, a coloring book fund-raiser for tsunami relief, emotional reflections between visitors and visiting artist Meghan Keane on Japan one year after filming, and a workshop that was about making exciting art and giving back — underscoring the central themes of PROJECT NIHON.
Workshop participants made experimental printmaking-drawings using an origami paper crane. After completing the artwork, each participant was asked to donate their crane to Cranestorm: Wishes in Flight. Cranestorm is an awareness campaign run by the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota. This workshop will assist them in reaching their goal of collecting 100,000 cranes to increase awareness and understanding of brain injury.
Special thanks to Tomodachi store owner Denny Park for sponsoring the event. It would not have been possible without his generosity and enthusiasm for the vision of PROJECT NIHON.
Photo includes two wonderful Tomodachi staff members who helped teach visitors how to fold origami for five hours, non-stop. They are amazing, tireless orizuru sensei (paper crane teachers).