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Museum To Go” Brings Culture Of Japan To Kindergarten Through Middle School Youngsters

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.

The “Museum 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.

The 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.

Terry 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.

One 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 holidays and seasons.
Another box, “Japan Then, America Now,” covers Japanese aesthetics in woodblock prints.

The third, “Mukashi, Mukashi,” which means “Once upon a time,” contains artifacts and scripts that facilitate acting out Japanese folktales and literature-based activities.

Each artifact box also contains a teacher manual, activity guide, bibliography and resource list. The program is designed to meet numerous Virginia Standards of Learning and scout badge requirements as well as Montessori geography and fine arts lessons.

The museum will hold a workshop for educators, scout leaders and others that will focus on using the artifact boxes for educational activities related 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.

The “Museum 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 museum’s permanent collection and are available for viewing and inclusion in other exhibits at any time.”

To register for the workshop or for details about the program, call Jane Anne Young, the museum’s director of education, at (434) 924-7142.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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