Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

April 20, 2007 09:00 ET

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre: "Peace's New Century" Project & Workshop

Opening: Thursday May 10th, 2007, 9:00pm Workshop: Saturday May 12th, 2007, 2:00pm Co-presented by the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and Gendai Gallery

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 20, 2007) - "Peace's New Century" Project is a computer collage collaboration between San Francisco-based painter Betsie Miller-Kusz and Hiroshima-based photographer and contemporary artist Masaru Tanaka.

Betsie's father, then a physics graduate student, was assigned to work on the Manhattan Project in 1945. Masaru's father was an atomic bomb survivor in Hiroshima. After Betsie and Masaru met, the artists felt a responsibility to work together on a creative collaboration of peace because of their fathers' personal experiences of the war. They called their project "Peace's New Century" to show how peace can be created through art, transcending differences in the present to overcome the terrible history of the past. Since 1999, their project and children's workshop have been presented at conferences, exhibits and concerts around the world.

For the Gendai Gallery, the exhibition of Betsie and Masaru's photographic and painting collaborations will open with a reception on the evening of Thursday May 10th, following the Cousin in Concert pop music show in JCCC's Kobayashi Hall. On the afternoon of May 12th, the artists will host an art workshop inviting children to collaborate on creating images of peace with origami paper. The outcome of the workshop will also be displayed in the Gendai Gallery for the run of the exhibition. (More details on the workshop to follow.)

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