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Japanese Garden Society of Oregon, Inc. (Portland, OR 97205-5886)
Diane Durston (Project Director: May 2014 to April 2021)

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Totals (matching):
$500,000 (approved)
$500,000 (offered)
$500,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2013 – 7/31/2019

Cultural Crossing at the Portland Japanese Garden: Enlarging Americans' understanding of Japanese perspectives and worldview

Construction of a new educational facility to expand the Garden’s humanities offerings.

This project will create new educational facilities for humanities programs providing formal and informal learning opportunities for varied audiences to acquire new knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture through gardens, architecture, visual and performing arts, literature, philosophy, religion, language and history. The facilities will combine classroom-style learning with hands-on workshops. Purpose-built for the specific requirements of Japanese arts and cultural practices, these facilities will provide American audiences with a variety of ways to learn from informally observing demonstrations to attending lectures by visiting scholars or intensive multi-week seminars. The new facilities will be adjacent to the five gardens which are beautiful physical artifacts illustrating the history of Japanese culture over 1,000 years. Together the facilities, programs, and gardens will provide a unique immersive experience of bridging cultures.