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Roosevelt High School and LANSCA Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Centennial


Strong, dark branches with soft, pink cherry blossoms are the featured subject of an exhibition now on view at the IGM Gallery at USC Institute for Genetic Medicine.  The Roosevelt High School art project was initiated by the Children’s Art Committee of the Los Angeles Nagoya Sister City Affiliation (LANSCA) to commemorate the Japan-U.S. Cherry Blossom Centennial.  LANSCA members conducted the workshop for a Japanese Language and Culture class at Roosevelt High School.  The focus of the workshop was to learn the history and significance of the centennial, and to create cherry blossom art. 

The City of Nagoya will participate in the cherry blossom centennial with Los Angeles in an art exchange from Nagoya students.  Their art will be exhibited together with that of Roosevelt High School during Nisei Week at the LELA Terakoya Gallery from August 8 – 18, 2012.  The exhibition will then be at the Japan Information & Culture Center at the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles from August 22 – September 21.  As a last stop, the joint exhibition will travel to Nagoya for exhibition during the Nagoya Matsuri in October.

Roosevelt High School’s cherry blossom art exhibition opened on April 28, 2012 at USC’s IGM Gallery.  Certificates of commendation were received from Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and Councilmember Jose Huizar.

In January, Roosevelt High School planted three cherry trees on their campus.  In partnership with LANSCA, a dedication ceremony was held to commemorate the cherry blossom centennial and to console Ms. Miya who had lost loved ones in the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.  The cherry trees were provided by the Huntington Botanical Gardens.

The IGM Gallery at USC Institute for Genetic Medicine is located at 2250 Alcazar St. L.A., CA 90089.

Please click here to see the Press Release -- April 28, 2012.
Please click here to read an article published in USC's The Weekly.

Photos courtesy Richard Fukuhara


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