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International Arts Movement founder to visit Nanjing

  • Written by Jimmy Olsen
The world is not as it ought to be. The International Arts Movement (IAM) is a global organization that inspires artists and creative catalysts to create the world that ought to be. On Sun. Sept 19th, IAM founder Makoto Fujimura conducts a (free entry) seminar and exhibition to help further the IAM mission of global betterment through art. {xtypo_dropcap}A{/xtypo_dropcap}merican-born contemporary artist Makoto Fujimura founded the International Arts Movement (IAM) in 1990 and currently acts as its Creative Director. On Sunday Sept. 19th, the City Development and Training Initiative (CDTI) a non-profit branch of the English Language Institute of China (ELIC) will along with Nanjing Arts Institute, host Fujimura's first trip to Nanjing. 

About Makoto Fujimura

According to his website biography, "Mr. Fujimura is an artist, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural influencer by both faith-based and secular media. A Presidential appointee to the US National Council on the Arts (2003-2009), Fujimura has contributed internationally as an advocate for the arts, speaking with decision makers and advising governmental policies on the arts.

His work has been exhibited at galleries around the world, including the Dillon Gallery (New York), Sen Gallery (Tokyo), Oxford House, Taiku Place (Hong Kong), etc. 

He has painted live on stage at New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall as part of an ongoing collaboration with composer and percussionist Susie Ibarra. A popular speaker, he has lectured at numerous conferences and universities, including the Aspen Institute, Yale, Princeton, the Q Conference, and IAM’s Encounter 10.

Fujimura’s second book, Refractions: A Journey of Faith, Art and Culture, is a collection of essays bringing people of all backgrounds together in conversation and meditation on culture, art, and humanity. He today lives with his wife in downtown New York city, where his studio remains only 2 blocks down from the infamous Ground Zero site."

About the International Arts movement

From their website:

We are guided by the belief that the Judeo-Christian story of creation and restoration is a narrative in which all humanity participates and is the foundation by which we flourish. We look to these scriptures as our framework for wrestling with the questions "why art?” and "what does it mean to truly be human?""The world is not as it ought to be. We long for meaningful existence and involvement in our culture - to be part of a story greater than ourselves. But too often our reality is a broken and fragmented story in which dignity and value are stripped from humanity.

Art, as a universal language, can begin to address this dehumanization. The world needs artists and visionaries to lead the way in seeing beyond the trivial to the transcendent, bringing synthesis to fragmentation and hope to despair.

International Arts Movement is a non-profit arts organization acting as a catalyst to inspire people to engage culture’s spheres of influence. IAM presents lectures, performances, exhibitions, screenings, projects, and workshops. Our programming and resources equip the creative community to generate good, true, and beautiful cultural artifacts: sign-posts pointing toward the “world that ought to be.” Through understanding the culture that is and looking toward what could be, we hope to rehumanize our world.

Details of the event

According to CDTI Project Manager Jeremy Rueggeberg, "the event is the beginning of an annual art series that focuses on the theme of using art as a means of bringing reconciliation, peace and harmony into our various social relationships.

Mr. Fujimura specializes in using this theme throughout his paintings as well as writings, specifically in a series of pieces named 'Charis' – meaning 'Grace' – which is being currently exhibited in Hongkong. On this first trip to Nanjing, he will give two lectures, with a forum of question/answer time after each lecture. He will also bring several pieces to exhibit during his lectures.

It is an event where both the art lover as well as the artist will be challenged and enlightened into how to best utilize their artist talents to impact and benefit their social canvas."

CDTI, ELIC and the Nanjing Arts Institute invite all artists, art teachers and art lovers to attend this free event on the evening of September 19th. The event will be held at the Nanjing Arts Institute Fine Arts Center, from 7:00-8:30pm. For more information please contact the Nanjing Arts Institute Office of International Exchange and Cooperation at 025-83498024.

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