EARTHWORKS: The 2011 YouthCAN Summer Cultural Arts Experience

Tuesday, July 5th – Saturday, August 6th

Apply by April 29th

Click here for the 2011 Summer YouthCAN Application

Have you ever thought about the connection between art and the environment? Does Japanese Heritage interest you? Are you in high school? If you answer “yes” to these questions, then YouthCAN is where you ought to be this summer, at no cost!

The award winning YouthCAN program is seeking 12 high school students for the 2011 Summer Cultural Arts Experience. This summer we will explore Earthworks – or the economic forces that shape the landscape around us.

There will be three (3) Summer Studios that span different art forms and inspirations. The first two are located at Wing Luke Museum and the third will be located off-site – at both a music studio and in the mountains through a camping trip. These include:

88 Views of Opportunity

Graffiti inspired Ukiyo-e print-making with Jonathan Wakuda Fisher

Tuesday, July 5th – Friday, July 15th | 10:30AM – 4:30PM

Based on historic documents about 88 immigrants who made the journey from Japan to the Pacific Northwest to build the railroad through the North Cascade Mountains, students will create 88 landscapes that speak to the forces that pushed and pulled these men from their homeland to the labor camps at Stevens Pass. Why did they make the journey?

The Poetics of Hard Love

Japanese poetry and watercolor illustration with Mugi Takei

Tuesday, July 19th – Friday, July 29th | 10:30AM – 4:30PM

Inspired by stories of Japanese Picture Brides and the men they came to marry, student will learn how to read, write and illustrate the experience of hard love at the turn of the last century. How did Japanese men – like the 88 immigrants who came to work at Stevens Pass – fall in love with their would-be wives through pictures?

SoundTracks, Parts I & II

Music and sound composition with Paul Kikuchi

Part I: Monday, August 1 st – Friday, August 5th | 10:30AM – 4:30PM

Part II: Monday, August 22nd – Friday, August26th | Location to be determined

Taking our cue from the places where 88 Japanese immigrants lived and worked in the North Cascade Mountains, students will compose original sound scapes specific to the daily journeys of these men both in studio (Part 1) and on location through a camping trip (Part II). How did these tracks sound 100 years ago?

Applications are due by Friday, April 29.

The first ten applications get a free pass to the first JamFest in May.

Click here for the 2011 Summer YouthCAN Application.

See you this summer!

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