Chattanooga, TN (September 25, 2015) – On Thursday, October 15, the Hunter Museum of American Art is hosting a night just for teens inspired by the Museum’s Japonisme and America exhibition. Teens can join in a tea ceremony, taste test Japanese pop beverages, practice calligraphy, learn about kimono and contemporary Japanese fashion, configure origami, watch cult classic Japanese anime, and explore the exhibition that probes the impact of Japanese culture on art created in the United States.

The event is hosted in collaboration with Asami Nakano, the Japan Outreach Coordinator at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Nakano, who was born in Okinawa, Japan, spent the past two years visiting schools and organizations in Chattanooga to promote cultural awareness and understanding. Nakano expressed that she has "enjoyed sharing our tradition and culture with people in Chattanooga and receiving an enthusiastic reaction from them. We hope we can continue this program [in the coming years] and strengthen our friendship with locals." On Teen night, Nakano and her colleagues will lead a unique group of experiences for Chattanooga teens, performing the tea ceremony, calligraphy and origami demonstration, and gallery discussion on the fit, fabric and symbolism of kimono.

Teen Night: Art to Anime is the second event this year created just for teens and centered on exploring the relationship between Japan and the United States. In May, local teens were invited for a private Q & A with Japanese-American artist, Gajin Fujita, during his eponymously titled exhibition at the Hunter. Many of these teens also created an installation inspired by Fujita’s work that is currently sited at the Creative Discovery Museum. Led by artists Rondell Crier and Olga de Klein at Crier's studio on Glass Street, the teens formed work engaging with issues of identity, expression, and cultural dialogue. October’s Teen Night is another venue to delve into these cross-cultural issues, spark conversation, engage creativity, and have fun at the museum.

Teen Night is free for teens ages 13-17 and begins at 6 pm until 7:30 pm on October 15. For more information, contact Rachel White, Assistant Curator of Education, at rwhite@huntermuseum.org or visit huntermuseum.org.


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