Past Events

Friday, February 6, 2015
Surviving Tsunami Waves Silk Screening T-Shirt Event
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Second Floor, University Square, 111 Broadway Avenue South, Rochester

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There will be a T-shirt making demonstration where you can create your own silk screened T-shirt with the Surviving Tsunami Waves logo on it (price is $20 or $15 for students). This event is open to the public and no registration is required. All profits go to support the Surviving Tsunami Waves event.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Opening Reception – Fourth Anniversary of 2011 Tohoku Tsunami
5:30 p.m. Mayo Clinic Siebens Building in Hage Atrium

Yuko Taniguchi

Yuko Taniguchi

This event is dedicated to honoring the resilience of the Tohoku residents who faced the devastation and loss after the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami and overcame through creativity and connecting with their communities.  Join us for a short program by a poet, Yuko Taniguchi, an exhibition of the sashiko work, and a meet and greet with the artists and guests from Otsuchi Sashiko Project and Senninbari Project. This event is open to the public and no registration is required.  Light refreshments will be served.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015
Meet, Gather, and Create: UMR Community Art Project
Noon – 3 pm Room 417, University of Minnesota Rochester, 111 Broadway Avenue South, Rochester

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What we learned from Tohoku residents:  Art + Community + Sharing = Healing.  Join us to experience participating in a variety of artistic activities: Origami Session, Sashiko Button Project, T-shirt screen printing, etc. The event is open to the public and will kick off with a Bento lunch ($10) and a short film.  Please register if you want a bento box.
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Teen Button Making Event
4 – 5 p.m. Rochester Public Library
In partnership with Rochester Public Library

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RPL_Logo_4c_StandardLogoExperience Sashiko stitching to decorate and make your own button! This session is for teens to experience the traditional Japanese embroidery with the artists from Tohoku. Let’s get creative! This is open to the public and no registration is required.


 

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Community Forum What is our plan when a disaster hits Rochester?
7:00 pm Café Steam, 315 S Broadway, Rochester

button logo verticalAre we prepared?  Red Cross representatives will share plans for community and individual emergency and disaster preparedness. In addition to food and shelter, what else do we need? Is there a place for art in our planning?  Join this open community discussion about preparedness and resilience. Let’s have a plan!   This event is open to the public and no registration is required.

 

Friday, March 13, 2015
Wartime Waves: A Veteran’s Perspective on War, Arts, & Healing
Noon – 1 p.m. University of Minnesota Rochester, Room 382, 111 Broadway Avenue South, Rochester

Bronson Lemer

Bronson Lemer

This workshop will focus on the ways the arts and humanities have helped veterans explore and understand their wartime experiences. Over the last decade, several regional, state, and national organizations have explored ways for Iraqi and Afghanistan war veterans to process and share their wartime experiences. Lemer will share information about these organizations and offer insights on achievements and roadblocks related to using the arts and humanities to assist veterans in understanding their own “tsunami waves.” The workshop will include an opportunity for participants to write and reflect on their own thoughts and/or experiences related to war and conflict.

Bronson Lemer served in the Army National Guard for six years, including deployments to Kosovo and Iraq. He is the author of The Last Deployment: How a Gay, Hammer-Swinging Twentysomething Survived a Year in Iraq. He teaches writing at the University of Minnesota Rochester.  This is open to the public and there is no registration required.


Friday, March 13, 2015
2 – 5 p.m. Great Hall, Coffman Student Union,  300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

Kuzuna_UMTC event photo SMALLA collaboration between Japan Student Association, Asobou Japanese Immersion, and J Cafe Minnesota at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, this event demonstrates art as a powerful source of healing and recovery for individuals and communities through success stories like that of Sashiko Project. Attendees will learn that even in the darkest of times, communities still find ways to thrive by tapping into the therapeutic powers of art.

Last year, the three student organizations had come together to raise awareness for the tsunami disaster that will mark its 4th anniversary this March 11. This year, they are banding together once again to showcase stories like that of Sashiko Project, but also to share and explore the significance of “kizuna”—bonds that connect us in the most challenging of times.

The event will include a variety of fun activities and performancessua-umn-logo that allow attendees to connect with others and explore their creativity: Sashiko button making project, silk screening t-shirt making, traditional Japanese games and dance, origami folding, etc. Japanese food will also be served at this event. Join us to celebrate and recognize the resiliency that we all possess within us!


Saturday, March 14, 2015
SMART: Stress Management and Resiliency Training
10:30 – Noon University of Minnesota Rochester, Room 382, 111 Broadway Avenue South, Rochester

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Debbie L. Fuehrer

Stress is perceived when there is an imbalance between the demands placed on us and our ability to meet those demands. Ongoing stress has a negative effect on health, happiness, relationships, sleep, mood, and overall quality of life. Excessive stress also adversely affects cognitive functions (including attention, memory, judgment and decision making). Resilience is the ability to adapt well to stress, and to even thrive amidst adversity. Resilience correlates positively with several psychosocial and health related variables.

In this single 90-minute group session, you will understand how the brain and mind generate unwanted stress every day, even during routine daily activities. Based on this understanding, you will learn a two-step program that will empower you to handle your stressors with less distress, and as a result, enhance your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. This class will be taught by Debbie L. Fuehrer, MA, LPCC, Mayo Clinic Complementary & Integrative Medicine Program.  This is open to the public and no registration is required.

 


Saturday, March 14, 2015
Sashiko Bag Workshop
1 – 4 p.m. Rochester Art Center 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester

Maki Aizawa

Maki Aizawa

Things we carry everyday express our style, and a handbag deservesdenim bag a unique touch!  Join this session to decorate a bag with the traditional Japanese embroidery of Sashiko.  Maki Aizawa and Tsuyo Onodera from Senninbari Project will lead you in this fun and creative process.  All the materials will be provided, including a handmade bag. This workshop is open to the public for a cost of $35. Registration Link.

 

 

 


Sunday, March 15, 2015
Learning from the Ginko Tree: Readings on Resilience
2- 3 p.m.  Café Steam, 315 S Broadway, Rochester

Virginia Wright-Peterson, Ph.D.

Virginia Wright-Peterson

Join us for a discussion of how reading fortifies our resilience during challenging times. We will look at excerpts from Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams and The English Patient by Michael Ondattje, as well as poetry by Jim Moore and Maya Angleou. Bring your favorite resilience-building books, essays and poetry, and let’s build a community list of readings for resilience.

Virginia Wright-Peterson teaches writing at University of Minnesota Rochester.  This event is open to the public and no registration is required.

 


Monday, March 16, 2015
Button Making Sashiko Workshop
Noon – 1 p.m. Mayo Cancer Education Center, Gonda Building

Learn about how art has helped build resiliency for the Japan communities after the 2011 Tsunami.  Guests from Otsuchi Sashiko Project and Senninbari Project will lead you in traditional Japanese embroidery, to decorate and make your own Sashiko stitched button!  This session is open to the public for no charge, maximum participants 10.  Registration link.

Button by Kristen Moua

Button by Kristen Moua

Button by Yuri Song

Button by Yuri Song

 

 

 

 


Monday, March 16, 2015
Creative Leadership: How Creativity Can Help Transform Your Work
Noon – 1 p.m. University of Minnesota Rochester, Room 382, 111 Broadway Avenue South, Rochester

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Jacque Fletcher

In an innovation-driven economy, creativity is essential for leaders—whether you’re building a new company, running a non-profit or delivering healthcare. By developing skills long used in the humanities, leaders can tap into the power of creative expression to make a bigger impact in their companies, their communities, and the world. With data from exciting new research and stories from emerging leaders, you’ll see how valuable creative expression can be to the bottom line.  This class is open to the public and there is no registration fee.

Join CEO, author, and speaker Jacquelyn B. Fletcher to hear how business leaders and healthcare managers can harness the power of creative leadership.



Monday, March 16, 2015
The Dear You Letter Writing Project
In partnership with Rochester Public Library
2 – 4 p.m. Rochester Public Library, 101 2nd Street SE, Rochester

DearYouBeautiful TransparentbkgrndRPL_Logo_4c_StandardLogoYou can have a powerful impact on a person’s life by simply writing a letter. Spend an afternoon writing inspiring notes of encouragement that will be delivered to people in the Rochester area who are struggling to overcome challenges. This event is sponsored by I AM Kindness and hosted by Jacquelyn Fletcher, the author of Dear You: Messages From Your Heart and the host of the Mayo Clinic television show Healing Words. This class is open to the public and there is no charge.  Registration link

Join CEO, author, and speaker Jacquelyn B. Fletcher for this creative letter writing workshop.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

“Disaster and Resilience”
Noon – 1 p.m.  University of Minnesota Rochester, Room 388m 111 Broadway Avenue South, Rochester

History Center LogoLike the residents of Tohoku, inhabitants of Olmsted County have endured a number of hardships, from natural disasters to devastating fires. More awesome than the force of a tornado or raging flood waters is the indomitable nature of the human spirit. Come hear stories of survival, courage, and resilience in this program complementing the History Center’s exhibit Disaster and Resilience opening March 14. Link to History Center of Olmsted County website event listing.rochester,_minnesota_tornado,_august_1883_3 (1)

Casey Mathern is Curator of Collections and Exhibits at the Olmsted County Historical
Society. This is open to the public and no registration is required.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Gentle Yoga: Quiet after the waves
4 – 4:40 p.m.  Rochester Art Center 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester

Patricia Ba

Patricia Barrier

After completing a busy day of work, join us to celebrate our physical and mental resilience through the practice of Yoga led by Patricia Barrier.  This session is for all levels.  Please feel free to bring your own Yoga mat.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015
SMART: Stress Management and Resiliency Training
5:30 – 7:00 p.m. University of Minnesota Rochester, Room 382, 111 Broadway Avenue South, Rochester

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Debbie L. Fuehrer

Stress is perceived when there is an imbalance between the demands placed on us and our ability to meet those demands. Ongoing stress has a negative effect on health, happiness, relationships, sleep, mood, and overall quality of life. Excessive stress also adversely affects cognitive functions (including attention, memory, judgment and decision making). Resilience is the ability to adapt well to stress, and to even thrive amidst adversity. Resilience correlates positively with several psychosocial and health related variables.

In this single 90-minute group session, you will understand how the brain and mind generate unwanted stress every day, even during routine daily activities. Based on this understanding, you will learn a two-step program that will empower you to handle your stressors with less distress, and as a result, enhance your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. This class will be taught by Debbie L. Fuehrer, MA, LPCC, Mayo Clinic Complementary & Integrative Medicine Program.  This is open to the public and no registration is required.


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Drumming Session with Jeremy Anderson
6 – 7 p.m.  Rochester Art Center, 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester

Jeremy Anderson

Jeremy Anderson

Drums are a nearly universal musical instrument, made by just about every culture worldwide for maybe as long as there have been people. During this one-hour live drumming session, participants will get a feeling for why they are so universal. Leader will offer ideas for guided meditations for those who are interested. Instructor, Jeremy Anderson has been drumming for over 30-years. No preregistration required and there is no charge.

 


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Button Making Sashiko Workshop
Noon – 1 p.m. Mayo Cancer Education Center, Gonda Building

Button by Kristen Moua

Button by Kristen Moua

Button by Yuri Song

Button by Yuri Song

Learn about how art has helped build resiliency for the Japan communities after the 2011 Tsunami.  Guests from Otsuchi Sashiko Project and Senninbari Project will lead you in traditional Japanese embroidery, to decorate and make your own Sashiko stitched button!  This session is open to the public for no charge, maximum participants 10.  Registration link.


Thursday, March 19, 2015
Lunch & Learn with Brandon Sampson
Noon – 1 p.m.  University of Minnesota Rochester, Room 382, 111 Broadway Avenue South, Rochester

Brandon Sampson

Brandon Sampson

Come and listen to Brandon Sampson, the founder of  Limb Lab, Prosthetics & Orthotics Practitioner, and a musician.  He will talk about his work that connects creativity, art and healing, his life as a musician, and how these two paths feed to each other.  This is open to general public.  Discussion will be encouraged.

 

 

 


Thursday, March 19, 2015
Sashiko Fukin (布巾) Workshop
5:30-8:30 p.m.  Rochester Art Center 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester

_N6R1118Fukin (布巾) is the term for Japanese dishcloth.  In this session, Sashiko stitching will be applied to the fukin fabric to make it not only durable and absorbent, but also beautiful to brighten your everyday activities. This workshop is open to the public for a cost of $35 (all the materials are included in the registration fee). Registration link.

 

 


Friday, March 20, 2015

Gather, Reflect, and Celebrate!: Closing Reception
5:30-7:30 p.m.  Rochester Art Center 40 Civic Center Drive SE, Rochester

Senninbari Photo_dotera-mon-full (1)This final gathering is dedicated to celebrating our community for having a conversation about resilience and its connection to art.  Join us to view the exhibition one last time while also viewing a video recap of all the activities that occurred during this exhibition. This event is open to the public and no registration is required.  Light refreshments will be served.

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