Charlette is featured on the University of the Arts Website as well as NBC NEWS for her work with the japanese exchange program that took place over spring break at UARTS.

March 15, 2011

While 15 visiting undergraduate students from Kinki University in Osaka, Japan, were busy creating collaborative art installations with University of the Arts students for the ”Mapping Experience: A Japan and UArts Exchange” exhibit, a massive earthquake and devastating tsunami struck their home country.

Local Philadelphia affiliate NBC-10 News was on hand at the March 14 opening reception to talk to the students about the disaster:

Originally intended to explore language, ident

ity and cultural hybridity, “Mapping Experience” turned into a vital source of support for the student artists and three faculty members, who are all from an area of Japan not directly affected by the catastrophe.

Local NPR affiliate WHYY also featured the visiting Japanese students during its morning news program and on its NewsWorks portal:

“In Time of Trouble, Japanese Students Create Art, Forge Bonds” »

“Mapping Experience: A Japan and UArts Exchange” will be on display through March 27 in Gallery One and the Sculpture Gallery in Hamilton Hall and in Gallery 817 in Anderson Hall.

This art installation is a collaboration of Japanese and American students at the University of the Arts
Less than a week after a group of Japanese art students arrived at the University of the Arts for an exchange program, their home country was devastated by one of the worst natural disasters in its history
picture is of charlette and akiko watanabe. The Japanese and American students learned to communicate more effectively by creating art together.