Grassroots Exchange & Education

CGP Grant Program: Grassroots Program 2017

Grassroots Exchange and Education 2017

Asian Art Museum San Francisco, CA
Japan Educators Network Project (Year 2)
Project Director: Caren Gutierrez
$70,000
In this project, Asian Art Museum will form and lead a network of museum educators across the United States, and to leverage these educators’ regional networks to ensure broader, national reach for Japan-focused materials. This project builds upon the successes of the previous Bridget Japan Project, and will leverage its resources to disseminate quality, engaging, and authoritative resources on Japan’s art, history and culture. The project will create a network of art museum education in the U.S. and Japan dedicated to improve quality of resources, develop a model curriculum that will align with Common Core Standards, and build awareness among K-12 teachers of art museums as a major resource through the creation of a microsite.

Museum of the Rockies Bozeman, MT
Building Community Partnerships: The Japan US Natural Science Museums Project (Year 2)
Project Director: Dr. Patrick Leiggi
$60,000
This project will develop and expand the existing American and Japanese natural history museum network to promote educational learning and community engagement through sciences of paleontology, geology and astronomy. The museum curricula that will be developed will be used with local schools to inspire lifelong learning and will be made available in English and Japanese. This project will involve the partnership of six museums that will engage public participation in the communities of Kumamoto and the state of Montana and is designed to increase educational programming and outreach in these sister states.

National Association of Japan America Societies Washington, DC
JAS Network Support through NAJAS (Year 2)
Project Director: Makiko Murotani
$80,000
This project is aimed to provide an integrated program for the Japan-America Society network, which combines structural, program and network growth support from NAJAS. Member services will include 1) structural support of JASes through strengthening management and Board capacity by holding an annual meeting that will inform members of current US-Japan issues as well as to share best practices and to develop leadership capability through mentorship and 2) Program Support of JAS to encourage interest in public affairs relating to Japan and provide services to current members through single speaker funding for small scale JAS events.

United States Japan Exchange and Teaching Program Alumni Association (USJETAA) Washington, DC
Developing Next Generation Leaders in the US-Japan Relationship through USJETAA (Year 2)
Project Director: Laurel Lukaszewski
$65,000
This project aims to create a strong foundation in order to support the professional network of alumni in the JET Programme. To do this, USETAA will engage members in local communities, especially in regions where access to resources is limited and to provide JETAA chapters with the tools to better engage their members and local communities in their activities. Futhermore, the project aims to improve networks of communities between JETAA and other organizations at the local and national level.

Portland Japanese Garden Portland, OR
The International Institute for Japanese Garden Arts and Culture
Project Director: Kristin Faurest
$59,189
This project aims to further develop the newly establish institute for the learning and exchange of the knowledge and skills of Japanese gardening and its art forms. In order to achieve this, the Institute aims to establish a worldwide network of professionals involved in Japanese garden arts and culture, train a new generation for the management and maintenance of the Japanese gardens in North America, and to provide new curriculum to train these professionals for coursework at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

University of Colorado Boulder, CO
Olympic Friendships: Elementary Education for Global Competency in Japan and the United States
Project Director: Catherine Ishida
$84,745
In collaboration with the University of Tokyo, this project aims to develop a network of Tokyo elementary schools studying about the U.S. with partner classrooms in the U.S. that have a unit of study about Japan. In Year 1, the project will include recruitment and selection of U.S. teachers and Tokyo schools and the development and dissemination of multimedia resources.

Japan Society New York, NY
Olympic Friendships: Elementary Education for Global Competency in Japan and the United States
Project Director: Catherine Ishida
$84,745
In collaboration with the University of Tokyo, this project aims to develop a network of Tokyo elementary schools studying about the U.S. with partner classrooms in the U.S. that have a unit of study about Japan. In Year 1, the project will include recruitment and selection of U.S. teachers and Tokyo schools and the development and dissemination of multimedia resources.