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The Japan Foundation


Arts & Culture


The Foundation seeks to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries. Funds are targeted in three areas: arts and cultural exchange, Japanese language education overseas, and Japanese studies and intellectual exchange. Arts and culture projects must nurture further understanding of Japanese arts and culture or to produce U.S.-Japan collaborative projects, through the performing arts, exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, symposia, and other cultural events. Japanese language education programs are excluded from funding for arts and culture grants. Priority is given to projects that show artistic quality; have a significant expected impact on the audience and the U.S. arts scene; have strong educational and community activity components; have the organizational ability to carry through with the project; and have the capacity to provide future continuity. Projects that have secured additional funding from sources other than the Foundation are of particular interest. Grants are awarded by the Foundationís New York office to organizations located in 37 states east of the Rocky Mountains. Projects in the other 13 states are funded by the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles. Additional information including a list of states funded by the New York office can be found on the Web site.

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