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K-12 School Tours and Workshops

The goal of Japan Society is to introduce and connect students to the dynamic historic and contemporary culture of Japan through rotating exhibitions and engaging workshops led by experienced museum educators and teaching artists.

Maximum group size at one time is 30 students for both Virtual and On-site Gallery tour with a requirement of 1 chaperone for Virtual Gallery Tour and 2 chaperones for On-site Gallery Tour.

We request each reservation to be made at least two weeks in advance of your desired date. A one-week notice for any cancellations or changes is required to avoid fees barring extreme weather or case-by-case emergencies.

Limited on-site K-12 School Tours & Workshops are available in compliance with Japan Society’s Visitor Policies and Safety Protocols, along with all CDC, New York State, and New York City guidelines. For more details, please contact us at or (212) 715-1275.

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Gallery Tour

1-30 students

Japan Society’s gallery tour offers an interactive art experience led by trained museum educators, who incorporate close-looking, personal connections, inquiry, and related activities for K-12 students. (Virtual tours are 45 minutes; On-site tours are 60 minutes)

Kazuko Miyamoto: To perform a line

April 29 – July 10, 2022

On-site tours available: Monday–Wednesday, 10 am–4 pm; Thursday–Friday, 10 am-12 pm
Virtual tours available: Monday–Friday, 9 am-4 pm

This first institutional survey of Kazuko Miyamoto (b.1942, Tokyo) reclaims the artist’s contributions to the development of Minimalism, challenging its general understanding as male dominated, and embracing her highly individual artistic pursuit to reveal a sustained interest in the body through evocative conceptual experiments and investigations in performance and textiles. From her early paintings and drawings in the 1960s to her conceptual experiments in performance in the later years, this exhibition offers a crucial opportunity for the public to encounter Miyamoto’s rich oeuvre.

School Virtual On-site
NYCDOE Title I Schools Free Free
NYCDOE Non-Title 1 Schools $100 $150
NYC Private & Outside of NYC Schools $150 $250
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Arts & Culture Workshops

Workshops are longer, immersive hands-on experiences led by professional artists that connect K-12 audiences with traditional and contemporary approaches to Japanese art and culture. (Virtual workshops are 50-60 minutes, a suggested materials list will be provided; On-site tours are 70-90 minutes, all materials provided on-site.)

Sumi-e Ink Painting (grades K-12)
1-30 students
Students will learn about the ancient tradition of Japanese ink painting and learn to create their own paintings with a professional sumi-e artist!

Manga Workshop (grades 3-12)
1-30 students
Experience one of Japan’s most popular and contemporary art styles with this manga workshop! Students will be guided through a step-by-step demonstration of one of Japan’s most popular manga characters with the help of a professional manga artist.

Kamishibai Storytelling (grades K-5)
1-30 students
A professional Japanese storyteller brings the beloved tradition of Japanese kamishibai storytelling (Paper Theater) alive for K-5 students. After watching a live kamishibai storytelling of one of Japan's most popular folktales, students will be engaged with an activity inspired by the story.

School Virtual On-site
NYCDOE Title 1 Schools Free Free
NYCDOE Non-Title 1 Schools $175 $275
NYC Private & Outside of NYC Schools $275 $375

The Japan Society School Partnerships program is supported by a generous grant from United States-Japan Foundation.

Education and Family Programs are generously supported by an anonymous donor; ORIX Corporation USA; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; The Norinchukin Foundation; Hiroko Onoyama; The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles; and Dr. and Mrs. Carl F. Taeusch II