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SPEND AN AFTERNOON IN JAPAN WITH NORTH CENTRAL MICHIGAN COLLEGE AND CROOKED TREE ARTS CENTER
North Central Michigan College and Crooked Tree Arts Center is offering an “afternoon in Japan” on Wednesday, March 18 from 11:30 a.m. until 2:15 p.m.
The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with a Japanese luncheon in North Central’s Iron Horse Café. The public is invited to come early to purchase lunch and reserve seating for the noon presentation. No reservations are required. At noon, there will be a presentation on Petoskey and Japan’s goodwill exchange program – 45 years later. Petoskey and its sister city in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, have been exchanging delegates, culture and art since 1968. Agnes and Art Shaw, Petoskey’s First Exchange leaders, and Meredith Richter, today’s Exchange Program organizer, will share some of the memorable relationships and cultural exchanges between the two cities. This program will adjourn at 1 p.m.
Participants will then drive to Crooked Tree Arts Center for a special gallery tour beginning at 1:30 p.m. This will be a private tour of the Gallery Terakoya collection by Visual Arts director and Gallery Curator Gail DeMeyre. Gallery Terakoya, located in Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture in Japan, has loaned its collection of traditional and contemporary art. View kimonos, some 150-years-old, as part of the country’s traditional artwork and see how traditional handworks relate to the contemporary lacquerware and ceramic vessels also on display.
Each semester, North Central’s International Committee, in partnership with the Michigan Global Awareness Consortium, brings international events to campus. Students and community members are welcome to attend all international events. These events are free and no RSVP is required. Call 231-348-6613 or 231-348-6705 for more information.