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Volume 26, Number 4 — April 2019

Opportunity Abroad for Artists, Architects, Playwrights & More

January 03, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Japan Friendship Commission is accepting applications from professional creative artists to spend a three-month residency in Japan.

Eligible applicants are architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, visual artists, or solo theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, storytellers and performance artists). Multidisciplinary artists and artistic directors of theater or dance companies are also eligible.

The National Endowment for the Arts cooperates with the U.S. Japan Friendship Commission in the implementation of this program.

The next deadline for this program is March 1, 2012 for residencies in 2013.

The U.S/Japan Creative Artists' Program is extremely competitive; applicants should have regional or national recognition and anticipate a highly rigorous review of their work. Artists should also present compelling reasons for wanting to work in Japan.

Selected artists will receive: A grant award in the amount of $20,000 to cover housing, living, and professional expenses; and up to $2,000 for round trip transportation for the artist.

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