To Go” Brings Culture Of Japan To Kindergarten Through Middle
November 7, 2003 --
An innovative new educational outreach program at the University
of Virginia Art Museum will help area youngsters gain insight into
the culture and life of 17th century Japan.
to Go” program makes available for loan, boxes of artifacts
relating to Japanese culture depicted in the museum’s exhibition, “The
Moon Has No Home: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Collection,” which
opens Nov. 22 and runs through March 7.
artifact boxes, which are replicas of steamer trunks, will include
items depicted in the exhibition prints, such
as make-up, dolls, puppets, eating
and tea ceremony utensils, clothing and instruments.
Kita, a Washington, D.C.-based elementary school teacher and
wife of the exhibition’s
co-curator Sandy Kita, created three artifact boxes and accompanying
educational materials for the project.
box is titled “Tokyo Friends” and
is based on a children’s
book. It contains a school backpack with items that Japanese children use
every day. There are also artifacts and information for the major Japanese
Another box, “Japan Then, America Now,” covers Japanese aesthetics
in woodblock prints.
third, “Mukashi, Mukashi,” which
means “Once upon a time,” contains
artifacts and scripts that facilitate acting out Japanese folktales
and literature-based activities.
artifact box also contains a teacher manual, activity guide,
and resource list. The program is designed to meet numerous Virginia
Standards of Learning and scout badge requirements as well as Montessori
and fine arts lessons.
museum will hold a workshop for educators, scout leaders and
others that will focus on using the artifact
boxes for educational
to the exhibition prints and to Japan, its history and culture.
The workshop will
be held in the museum on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. “Museum
to Go” boxes may be checked out for a two-week period at
a fee of $10.
to Go” program is a permanent
addition to our educational outreach endeavors,” said Jane
Anne Young, the museum’s director
of education. “All the prints in the exhibit are from the
permanent collection and are available for viewing and inclusion
in other exhibits at any time.”
register for the workshop or for details about the program, call
Jane Anne Young, the museum’s
director of education, at (434) 924-7142.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298