Matsuzaki-san and I delivered the second round of our lecture at the University of Michigan in the magnificent Rackham Amphitheatre on the campus. Once again we talked about Ishinomaki's community revitalization, and this time we were honored to join Associate Professor Nick Tobier at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, UM's art and design school. One of Professor Tobier's recent projects is the Brightmoor Maker Space which is transforming a building on the campus of the Detroit Community Schools, a K-12 charter school in Detroit, into a place for youth to build their creative making skills and incubate business ideas. Their concept of creating a craft studio for the community has a similarity to the idea of Ishinomaki Laboratory. The lecture, which took place as part of Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series with support from University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies, is available on YouTube along with our lecture at CJS.
Photos from the session: University of Michigan Center for Japanese Studies