Japanese Cultural Festival

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May 05, 2019


Children's Museum of the Arts

West Village

All Ages


Event description:

CMA is partnering with Taikoza, a NYC-based musical group of players and educators to Celebrate Japan's cultural contributions to the world with performances and interactive workshops.

Taikoza shares Japan’s rich musical performance tradition of taiko drums and bamboo flutes at 12n and 2pm. Story Time features books by Japanese authors at 11 am with Children’s Librarian Kristy Raffensberger of the Hudson Park Library.

Workshops inspired by traditional and contemporary arts practices of Japan include:

Calligraphy Mural, inspired by Usugrow in Fine Arts: Usugrow is a mural artist from Tokyo who covers walls with his own personal style of calligraphy - the art of handwriting using beautiful technical qualities. Usugrow uses black and white paint exclusively on walls, and scribes positive messages to inspire the public that passes by. In the studio, young artists collaborate using calligraphy to celebrate positivity.

Textured Containers, inspired by Makiko Hattori in Fine Arts: Makiko Hattori creates ceramic containers and sculptures that have highly detailed textures on their surfaces. She creates new forms that have never before existed borrowing inspiration from the human body and clothing to “inspire our space and spirit.” In the studio, kids create containers from air dry clay with highly textured surfaces. Will you create a planter, a pencil holder or an art object? Use buttons, beads and other upcycled materials to decorate sustainable containers.

The Yarn Web, inspired by Chiharu Shiota in the Gallery: Yarnbomb the museum's PVC-pipe gazebo structure, inspired by Chiaharu Shiota! Shiota uses yarn to string together entire rooms. These webs connect objects and viewers. The installation will stretch from ceiling to floor, creating an environment where guests can become part of the art.

Light Paintings, inspired by Ei Arakawa in the Media Lab: Ei Arakawa is a performance artist who makes LED paintings that can change and interact with the audience. Some of the paintings even sing!

Sushi at the Clay Bar: Sushi is a popular Japanese dish made of rice and other fillings, like fish, vegetables, or even fruit. It is sometimes rolled in dried algae, called Nori, then cut bite-sized. Kids can create some clay versions.

J-Pop in the Sound Booth: J-Pop is a popular style of musical genre with roots in traditional Japanese music while blending cultural influences from around the world. Can you hear influences of pop and rock music of the 60’s and 70’s? What about dance music from the 80’s and 90’s?

Address: 103 Charlton St.
West Village, NY 10014
Phone: 212-274-0986
Website: cmany.org

About Children's Museum of the Arts

Standard hours: Monday, 12-5pm; Thursday-Friday, 12-6pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Stroller parking: Yes
Stroller check: No
Bring food: Yes
Buy food: No
Where is food allowed: Food allowed in designated spots
Changing tables in the women's room(s): Yes
Changing tables in the men's room(s): Yes
Family bathroom: Yes

The mission of the Children’s Museum of the Arts is to introduce children and their families to the transformative power of the arts by providing opportunities to make art side-by-side with working artists.

Children’s Museum of the Arts is a nonprofit arts facility that brings hands-on art programming to children throughout New York City. The staff of practicing teaching artists guide and mentor young artists ages 10 months to 15 years through fun and advanced art projects, ranging in a variety of techniques and mediums.


Parking: Street Parking
Nearest public transportation stop: Houston St, 1; Spring Street, A, C
Play area: Indoor
Party room: Yes

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