An Arts Integration Experience!
Youth ages 14 -18 are invited to participate in a unique opportunity at the Seashore Trolley Museum and Kennebunkport Historical Society this summer.
During the week of August 4 – 10 we will be renovating a 1911 tram from Nagasaki, Japan. We will also be creating a series of woodblock prints illustrating the life of Wada Koichi, an 18 year old tram driver on the morning of the bomb who survived and participated in the reconstruction of the city. These prints will be installed inside the renovated tram.
The Nagasaki Tram was donated to the Museum in 1960 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Japan opening to the West. Over the course of the week we will look at the many positive exchanges that happened in this pre-war period between Maine and Japan as well as the re-building of our relationship, post war. Today we have five school exchanges between Maine and her sister state in Aomori Japan. Year four of The Maine/Aomori Printmaking Exchange is about to tour the state and economic and scientific conversations between our two countries continue to flourish.
We have received support from the Maine Humanities Council and the Maine Arts Commission in order to make this opportunity tuition free.
The Nagasaki Tram Today, Before the Renovation Work Begins