In a message dated 03/06/2004 1:32:55 PM Eastern Standard Time,
Kumamoto, where Ryuichi Nishio teaches, is the prefecture I visited as part
of the Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship I received last year. It is an
island in the southern part of Japan. I feel so connected! Ryuichi, if you read
this, please write back and tell me if you know Akihiro Miyajima who teaches
at the Tai-You Elementary School in Kumamoto. He and I worked together to have
his 85 5th grade students and my 84 5th grade students create two identical
10 ft. canvas painted murals on the theme of peace, for each of our schools.
The White House requested one canvas reproduction for one of the Presidential
libraries, one canvas reproduction was made for the Japanese Embassy in NYC, and
a third one I am bringing show other art teachers at our National Art
Educators' conference in Denver.
Susan on Long Island