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"The Natural World: Perspectives from Two Cultures"
2001-03-19 until 2001-03-29
Walter Anderson Museum of Art
Ocean Springs, MS,
USA United States of America
The Walter Anderson Museum of Art (WAMA), in cooperation with Ocean Springs Middle School (OSMS) and Ishikawa Junior High School, Mito City, Japan, will
host The Natural World: Perspectives from Two Cultures at the Ocean Springs Community Center. The project, directed at the OSMS site by teachers Dana Lyles and Jack Pickering and WAMA Librarian Cheryl Hogg, is the result of a cultural and environmental
exchange program established through the Fulbright Foundation's Master Teacher Program. The exchange involves only sixteen schools in the United States and
eleven in Japan.
As part of the exchange, twenty educators from Japan visited Ocean Springs in the spring of 2000. The art of Mississippi artist and naturalist Walter Inglis Anderson
(1903-1965) captured their imagination and served as a catalyst for the student exhibition.
The art exhibit is the culminating activity for the students' study of nature, specifically insect population and diversity, in their home communities. After sharing their
scientific discoveries via the Internet, the students created illustrations of the insects they studied. Their art will be joined by examples of work by Anderson.
The Natural World: Perspectives from Two Cultures was made possible by the generous support of the Ocean Springs Key Arts Committee and its partner
organizations: City of Ocean Springs, Historic Ocean Springs Association, Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce, Walter Anderson Museum of Art. The Family of
Walter Anderson, Fulbright Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Ocean Springs Middle School PTO, Ocean Springs School District, Ocean Springs Art
Association, and Ishikawa Junior High School provided additional support.
The Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, provides funding for sponsored programs.