Dr. Johanna Lewis, University of Arkansas at Little Rock public historian, will lead this workshop in collaboration with the Arkansas Archeological Survey and the WWII Japanese American Internment Camp Museum. The workshop will feature a performance of Bend, a live multi-media performance by Kimi Maeda. Participants will learn some words in Japanese, eat a meal inspired by menus recovered from the Japanese American internment camps, and explore the World War II Japanese American Internment Museum. They will also get to practice the tricks and techniques used in sand drawing to tell their own stories that will be shared in a slide-show presentation at the end of the day. This free workshop is designed for students in grades 6-12. Space is limited. To sign up, contact Jodi Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-460-1290.
Bend, the featured performance, tells the true story of two men interned in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II: Maeda’s father, Robert (a 9-year-old boy at the time) and modernist sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Maeda observed Noguchi working on his sculptures in the camp, and years later he became an Asian art historian, citing that time in camp as a defining moment in his life. Although he published several articles and gave numerous lectures on Noguchi’s work and family life, his book about Noguchi was never completed due to illness. His daughter, Kimi, was inspired to take on the task he started decades ago, exploring the life of Noguchi in relation to his (and her) own personal history. Using sand as her canvas, Kimi transforms image after image, combining live feed projection of these drawings with archival footage.