2005 May Asian Arts Community Days

Oberlin Art Museum Offers May Asian Arts Community Days

The Allen Memorial Art Museum is offering an exciting array of Japanese arts workshops, performances, a food fest and more on May Saturdays 7, 14 and 21. These AMAM sponsor ed Asian Arts Community days are free and open to the public and include Taiko drumming, Shibori, origami, and folding fans, workshops, kabuki face painting, as well as performances by Cleveland’s Sho Jo Ji Dancers, the drumming ensemble Icho Daiko, and the Japanese dancers from Colors of Rhythm. During this school year the Museum’s Arts of Asia School In-Reach Program, funded by the Freeman Foundation to introduce school children to Asian culture, has focused on the arts of Japan. Students have explored Japanese dance, music, and visual arts through workshops and classroom activities. The Arts of Japan workshop series and festival this May offer the community the same opportunity to learn about the arts of Japan in a hands-on environment. The entire community is invited to participate in these free and fun learning workshops events.

The first AMAM Arts of Japan workshops will be offered on Saturday, May 7 in Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church, 45 South Professor Street. Workshops will be divided into two groups: children ages 6 to 12 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm and teens and adults from 1:45 to 2:45 pm. Participants will be introduced to a brief history of Taiko drumming and learn the basics of playing Taiko.

On Saturday, May 14, Nora Sweeney, OC ’06, will give a slideshow presentation of the Temples of Kyoto, Japan in Classroom I (Allen Art Building) at noon. Nora will briefly discuss Shintoism and Buddhism as she shar es images from her trip to Japan this past January.

The Art of Shibori workshop will also take place on May 14 from 1:00 to 4:00pm, right after Ms. Sweeney’s talk, in the Painting Studio (Allen Art Building). Participants will explore the (over) various Japanese resist dye techniques involved in Shibori such as Arashi (pole-wrapping) and create their own scarves. (This workshop is open to people of all ages, but we ask that an adult accompany anyone under the age of 12 at all times).

Everyone is invited to come celebrate the Arts of Japan community in a final festival day on Saturday, May 21 from 12 to 4 pm in Tappan Square! Come see performances by the Taiko drumming ensemble Icho Daiko, Cleveland’s Sho-Jo-Ji Dancers, and the Japanese dancers from Colors of Rhythm. A variety of family activities such as kabuki face painting, origami, and making folding fans will be also offered. Rain site will be in Hales Gym.

This is also a great opportunity to enjoy the Allen's renow ned art collection, including an extensive display of Chinese and Japanese art from Neolithic times to the present day.

The Allen Memorial Art Museum, located in downtown Oberlin at 87 N. Main
Street, is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5
p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more
information visit our Website at www.oberlin.edu/allenart or call Loren
Fawcett at 440.775.6489 or for general information call 440.775.8665.