Summer Program Closing Ceremony and Culminating Final Presentation

Connecting Communities Across the Globe, Literary Through the Arts, reminds our Apprentices that they are global citizens and empowers them to learn about cultures other than their own and to prepare them to participate in a changing world. This summer, our program will focus on the language, culture, and food of Japan, as well as, connect Japanese culture to various African and American cultures. They will also study the lives of Japanese Americans during World War II and learn about the internment camps and struggles faced.

We are excited to partner with the Japan America Society to bring their “Japan-in-a-Suitcase” curriculum to our Apprentices. Every Monday, staff and volunteers of the Japan America Society will come teach us the basics of greetings, how to use chopsticks, how to write haiku, and more. They will even bring Japanese clothing for our Apprentices to participate in a traditional Japanese fashion show!

The Apprentices will go on celebration field trips to not one, but two professional baseball games, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Watkins Park, and a Japanese Hibachi restaurant. They will also go on Connecting Community field trips to the American History Museum, where they will see an exhibit on Japanese Internment Camps from WWII, the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum, where our Apprentices will view Japanese nature and then take a class on gardening basics and nutrition, and the Freer Museum of Art, where they will view and study the styles and types of animals found in Japanese art.

The Culminating Summer Final Presentation will be held on Thursday, August 3rd. It will be a great presentation of all we have learned this summer – language, art styles, haiku, Taiko drumming, baseball, and more!

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