The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (JASGP) is a nonprofit dedicated to inspiring mutual curiosity, understanding, and collaboration between Japan and Philadelphia. It operates the historic Shofuso Japanese House and Garden located in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park, produces the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival, and provides Japanese arts, business, and cultural educational programming for all ages.
An exhibition and screenings of film and video work preserve and reexamine the contributions and influence of Japanese artists working in the US in the mid-20th century. Japan American Society partners with Collaborative Cataloging Japan to explore previously overlooked archival works by artists including Mako Idemitsu, Kenji Kanesaka, Yayoi Kusama, and Fujiko Nakaya. The exhibition and accompanying publication seek to illuminate the artists’ journeys to and through the US, their transnational identities, collaborations with US-based artists, and lasting impacts on both Japanese and American culture. The project is a feature of the 70th anniversary of the historic Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, during which Japan America Society will broadly explore US-Japan relations after World War II.
The total grant amount represents project funding plus an additional 20% in unrestricted general operating support.