Grassroots Exchange & Education

J-Initiative Grantees 2011

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Asian Art Museum (AAM). San Francisco, CA
Bridge Japan Project (Year 1)
Project Director: Deborah Clearwaters
$86,487
The Bridge Japan Project will build the capactity of the Asian Art Museum to make meaningful contributions to US-Japan exchange by evaluating and refining existing K-12 resources; developing an online, searchable resource for K-12 teachers and students that includes standards based lesson plans, art, video, and primary and secondary literature, and through regional and national online training to support teachers in using these resources.
 
Columbia University for Asia for Educators Program, Weatherhead East Asian Institute. New York, NY
National Simulcast Presentations on Japan for Teachers
Project Director: Roberta (Robin) Martin, Ph. D.
$46,200
Columbia University working with National Consortium for Teaching about Asia partner university sites in 13 states from the South and Northeastern regions will offer a series of multi-site collaborative broadcasts on Japan for teachers in relevant subject areas.  The broadcasts are watched live, and archived for later viewing.

Five College Center for East Asian Studies (FCCEAS). Northampton, MA
JAID (Japan Artists Information Directory) (Year 2)
Project Director: Anne Prescott
$37,547
The Japan Artist Information Directory (JAID) will establish a database of information about performers of traditional Japanese arts that will be disseminated through a web-based directory which will be available on the Five Colleges website. Particular attention will be paid to underserved areas (Midwest, South and Mountain states), and a concerted effort will be made to collect information about artists and to publicize JAID to organizations in those areas. This directory will enhance mutual understanding between the US and Japan by improving visibility for traditional Japanese performing artists and their arts.

Idaho Human Rights Education Center (IHREC). Boise, ID
International Education Leadership Program and Exchange (Year 2)
Project Director: Dan Prinzing
$55,462
IHREC will conduct a 36 month international education leadership program and exchange that links students and teachers in Idaho with the study of cultural heritage and global partnership with Japan. Building upon IHREC's international Youth LEAD online forum, teachers and students in the US and Japan will explore cultural heritage and global partnership through the lens of the Idaho Content Learning Standards for Geography and Culture. 

Japan America Society of Washington D.C. Washington, D.C.
National Japan Bowl Network (Year 1)
Project Director: Risa Kamio
$ 70,444
This project will create a network of organizations interested in promoting and supporting the study of Japanese language at the high school level, with local Japan Bowl competitions as the unifying link. The project will also promote and support the establishment and development of local Japan Bowl and Japan Quiz Bowl programs throughout the US as a means of supporting the next generation of leaders for US-Japan relations, developing Japan-related information resources, and creating network opportunities for students and teachers of Japanese. 

National Association of Japan-America Societies (NAJAS). Washington, DC
NAJAS Network Support (Year 2)
Project Director: Makiko Murotani
$88,644
This project will provide an integrated program for small and mid-sized Japan-America Societies by combining structural and program support from the network and NAJAS. The structural component will focus on JAS management and board capacity building and the program component will focus on providing speaker resources to JAS to help with their membership retention and development. The program of structural and program support will strengthen small and mid-sized JAS, and the NAJAS network itself, at a crucial point in US-Japan relations.

National Performance Network (NPN). New Orleans, LA
Japan Connection (Year 2)
Project Director: Renata Petroni
$46,962
This project is a partnership between the NPN and the Japan Contemporary Dance Network (JCDN) to build knowledge about the cultural and artistic fabric of the US and Japan through networking connections and digital information as well as develop a systemic and reciprocal artistic connection between the two countries. NPN will achieve this through a series of curatorial travel, attendance at convenings,and planning sessions both in Japan and the US, as well as information sharing through new technologies and artistic innovations. 

Primary Source. Watertown, MA
Accessible Japan: Primary Source's Online Offerings for Educators (Year 2)
Project Director: Deborah Cunningham
$50,955
This project will introduce new programming and resources on Japan that will be easily accessible to both national and international audiences. Primary Source intends to create and offer a replicable online course, an online curriculum cluster of multiple activities for use in the classroom, and an international discussion group. A series of webinars will support this work. Key Primary Source staff will travel to Japan to build partnerships with Japanese educators. Staff will also use technology-based networking tools to conduct outreach efforts and will share their expertise at a US-based conference that focuses on Japan, Asia and/or global studies. While all of these resources, activities, and outreach efforts will be planned and completed during the funding period, access to this work will exist long beyond the duration of the grant, ensuring maximum impact. 

Sister Cities International (SCI). Washington, DC
Leading Asia: Renewing the US and Japan Sister Cities Network (Year 2)
Project Director: Jennelle Root
$81,081
This project will disseminate best practice models, share innovation and progress, and help US and Japan sister cities expand relationships by offering a variety of programs and resources. The project will provide the information and resources needed to improve and broaden the range of activities within US-Japan sister city partnerships with a focus on youth and young professional development, creative economy, and sustainable development. Leading Asia will provide more opportunity for face-to-face exchanges for the next generation of citizen diplomats. 

Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education (SPICE), Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford University. Stanford, CA.
Reischauer Scholars Program (RSP) (Year 1)
Project Director: Gary Mukai
$79,475
The RSP annually selects 25 exceptional high school sophamores, juniors, and seniors from throughout the United States to engage in an intensive study of U.S.- Japan relations.  The RSP provides students with a broad overview of Japanese history, literature, religion, arts, politics, and economics with a special focus on the U.S.- Japan relationship through lectures from scholars, diplomats, and other professionals.

United Planet. Boston, MA
Volunteer Leaders2 Program (Year 2)
Project Director: Dave Santulli
$74,463
The United Planet Volunteer Leaders2 will create new networks of US and Japanese volunteers, schools, universities, and organizations to address global issues, foster cross-cultural understanding and promote transnational cooperation and civic leadership, especially among the next generation. United Planet will achieve these objectives through the establishment of an innovative and sustainable voluntary exchange program focused on underserved populations. Cross-sector collaboration and ongoing engagement will be promoted through innovative technologies. Ambassador Clubs and programs for NPO professionals and social entrepreneurs will also be introduced to empower globally-minded leadership.

US Center for Citizen Diplomacy (USCCD). Des Moines, IA
J Center: Strengthening Japan/US Relations in the Midwest Region of the United States (Year 2)
Project Director: Ann Schodde
$67,822
The objective of the project is to create a center that will serve to increase awareness of existing organizations and opportunities for engagement in citizen diplomacy activities focused on Japan, among Americans of all ages living in the Midwest region of the United States. The ten Midwest region states to be the focus of the center include Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, North Dakota and South Dakota. One planning trip to Japan will be conducted in Year 1 to identify appropriate organizational partners to work with.

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