Unveiling of 30-Foot “Scroll for Japan” Benefits Earthquake Relief; Painter Yoshimoto, Art Students League, and International Partners Collaborate

The Art Students League of New York, one of America’s premier art schools, will unveil on May 20 Baptism of Concrete Estuary, a 30-foot-long commemorative scroll by Jave Yoshimoto, painted in the Japanese style of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. http://www.scrollforjapan.com The event will benefit Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief, specifically the Music & Art Without Borders program of the Japanese non-profit organization, The Recovery Assistance Center of Miyagi (Ganbaro Miyagi), and the Art Students League’s international scholarship program.

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Details from "Baptism of Concrete Estuary,"by Jave Yoshimoto

Detail from "Baptism of Concrete Estuary," by Jave Yoshimoto

“To combat social amnesia in the internet age, I wanted to create a lasting memorial that would long honor the victims and survivors of the Tohoku earthquake. I wanted to honor the triumph of the human spirit over catastrophic tragedy.” Jave Yoshimoto

New York, NY (PRWEB) May 09, 2012

The Art Students League of New York, one of America’s premier art schools, will unveil Baptism of Concrete Estuary, a 30-foot-long scroll by Jave Yoshimoto, painted in the Japanese style of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. The event will benefit the Music & Art Without Borders program of the Japanese non-profit organization, The Recovery Assistance Center of Miyagi (Ganbaro Miyagi), and the League’s international scholarship program. http://www.scrollforjapan.com

(Contact: Ken Park, 212-247-4510, x 165; kpark(at)artstudentsleague.org)

The unveiling will take place May 20 at the Art Students League’s Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, 215 West 57th Street in New York City. http://www.theartstudentsleague.org A private preview and brunch (suggested donation $100) will be held from noon to 2:00 pm, followed by a public opening and reception from 2:00pm to 4:00 pm. Prints of the scroll in various formats will be available for purchase at prices ranging from $100 to $1,000.

The event is a partnership of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, The Stewardship Report, the Arts Students League, Friends of the United Nations, the Stand Up for Peace Project and Dr. Judy Kuriansky, representing the United Nations accredited NGO, the International Association of Applied Psychology and its Global Kids Connect Project.

In describing the origin of the ten-month art project, Mr. Yoshimoto said, “To combat social amnesia in the internet age, I wanted to create a lasting memorial that would long honor the victims and survivors of the Tohoku earthquake. I wanted to honor the triumph of the human spirit over catastrophic tragedy.”

The scroll depicts the incredible devastation wrought by the earthquake and tsunami and the human tragedy and heroism of the time. Mr. Yoshimoto did much of the work on the scroll during several months of residency at the Art Students League’s Vytlacil Campus Artist-in-Residence program in Sparkill, New York.

“I am grateful that the League and the Vytlacil Artist-in-Residence program could serve as a vehicle for Jave Yoshimoto’s goal to create a work commemorating last year’s devastating earthquake,” says League Executive Director Ira Goldberg. “ With the advice of Vytlacil Campus Director, Gary L. Sussman, Jave was able to realize his goal.”

Eighty percent of the proceeds raised will go towards on-the-ground support of survivors in the area hit hardest by the March 11, 2011 earthquake/tsunami. “We are grateful and honored to be selected as the recipient of monies raised through this inspiring arts movement,” said Hideki Mogi, president of the Miyagi Fukkou Shien Center, which oversees the Recovery Assistance Center of Miyagi. http://ganbaromiyagi.wordpress.com/

“Jave’s art is a powerful example of using the arts to heal, that is totally synchronistic with the work that I have been doing for years around the world with survivors of natural disaster,” said Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D., noted international psychologist, author, journalist and global humanitarian actively working with tsunami/earthquake survivors in Japan and worldwide. Dr. Kuriansky will give the keynote address at the event.

Dr. Kuriansky and her partners in the Global Kids Connect Project recently returned from a mission in the disaster zone in Japan on the anniversary of the 3/11 tsunami/earthquake. Partnering with the Recovery Assistance Center in Miyagi, her team made presentations of music, drawings and healing exercises at several schools and resettlement housing. Children drew messages of hope on cranes that will go to children in earthquake-stricken Haiti. “Connecting children recovering from trauma lets them know that they are not alone and that others around the world care,” said Dr. Kuriansky. http://www.drjudy.com
International composer Russell Daisey, a partner in Kuriansky’s Japan and Haiti missions, will perform original anthems written specifically for Japan.

James Luce, founder of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation and The Stewardship Report, knows how brutal a wave can be, having been on the ground following the Tsunami of 2004 in Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Luce said, “Having lived in Tohoku, northern Japan in college, my heart ached when I saw footage of the March 2011 destruction. Believing in the power of art and particularly in awe of Japanese art, I believe that the Scroll for Japan Project through the Arts Students League offers an incredible opportunity to give back through art in Miyagi.” http://www.lucefoundation.org/

About Jave Yoshimoto
Artist Jave Yoshimoto has had exhibitions in California, Nebraska, Vermont, Michigan, Illinois and New York. He received his MFA from Syracuse University, MA in Art therapy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his BA in University of California Santa Barbara. His residency experiences include Vermont Studio Center, Art Farm and the Art Students League of New York Vytlacil campus.


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