Category: School Outreach

Asia Pacific Arts & Cultural Activities Open to O‘ahu School Groups 2017-2018 Academic Year

The East-West Center is an education and research organization established by the U.S. Congress in 1960 to strengthen relations and understanding among the peoples and nations of Asia, the Pacific, and the United States. The EWC Arts Program is excited to offer exhibitions and performance-demonstrations to school groups in 2017-18. Through the visual and performing arts, young audiences are better able to understand, appreciate, and respect the peoples and cultures of the Asia Pacific region.

All of the following exhibitions and performance demonstrations are FREE to K-12 schools. EWC is able to assist with bus transportation, please inquire for details. EWC Arts educational outreach programs connect easily to Hawai‘i school standards. For details visit the EWC Arts Program website at http://arts.eastwestcenter.org/outreach.

The EWC Gallery is located at 1601 East-West Road (corner of Dole Street and East-West Road), adjacent to the UH-Mānoa campus; performances are held at various locations. For further information or to schedule a program, please contact: Annie Reynolds, (808)944-7341, arts_outreach@eastwestcenter.org.

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Asia Pacific Arts & Cultural Activities Open to O‘ahu School Groups, Spring & Summer 2016

Click here for the 2016 spring and summer schedule.

The EWC Arts Program offers exhibitions, performances, and artists’ lecture-demonstrations to the public, and invites O‘ahu teachers to bring school groups to its educational outreach programs especially designed for students. Through the visual and performing arts, young audiences are better able to understand, appreciate, and respect the peoples and cultures of the Asia Pacific region.

All of the following exhibitions and performance-demonstrations are FREE to K-12 schools. EWC is able to assist with bus transportation, please inquire for details. EWC Arts educational outreach programs connect easily to Hawai‘i school standards. For details regarding Hawai‘i Content and Performance Standards III and Common Core State Standards (CCSS), click here (http://arts.eastwestcenter.org/outreach).

The EWC Gallery is located at 1601 East-West Road (corner of Dole Street and East-West Road), adjacent to the UH-Mānoa campus; performances are held on the EWC/UH campus. For further information or to schedule a visit, please contact: Eric Chang, (808)944-7584, ChangE@EastWestCenter.org


Chinese Wedding Jacket

Chinese Wedding Jacket
by Mid-Pacific Institute Museum Studies
on Sketchfab

Marriage customs and traditions vary significantly across the globe. In feudal Chinese society – during the Qin (221 BC – 206 BC) and Qing (1644 – 1911) Dynasties, a marriage was decided not by a young couple’s love, but by their parents’ desires. Only after the matchmaker’s introduction and when parents considered the two family conditions were similar then could the couple be matched.

Traditionally, both men and women wore wedding dresses. The design was usually made of gold and silver on a black silk dress. It would be embroidered by a skilled craftsman who would put embroiders of dragons and phoenix designs. The dragon, a symbol of power and the phoenix, a symbol of solitude, connected to symbolize the balance of male and female power. Red-gold, silver, white, and gold are most commonly used on wedding dresses, showing love, prosperity, and a perfect future. There would not be any blue or grey threads because it reflects a sorrow to their future marriage.