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Asian Arts & Culture Center

Events and Exhibitions SPRING 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 5 - 9 p.m.
West Village Ballroom, Towson University

Celebrate and explore the diversity of tattoo art and culture from Asia and beyond. Watch how tattoos are made, ask questions to the experts, discover the meanings behind popular tattoo designs, learn to create your own tattoos, debate the pros and cons of tattooing, and share your own tattoo stories.
Presented by the Asian Arts & Culture Center, TU Center for Student Diversity, and the TU Student Government Association

View the Tattoo Fest! schedule and list of participants.

• Free for Towson University Students, Faculty & Staff (valid OneCard required)
• $10 General Public (ticket price includes parking) (Available through
• $5 AA&CC Members and Non-TU Students with Valid ID (ticket price includes parking)

All tickets available at the event and through
University Union Ticket Office
Towson University, University Union, 1st Floor
Located across from the University Store
Tues – Fri 8:30 – 4:30

PERSEVERANCE: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World
February 5 - May 2
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 12, 7:30 - 9 p.m.

Center for the Arts Asian Arts Gallery

This exhibition of photographs by Kip Fulbeck explores the mastercraftsmanship and ongoing influence of traditional Japanese tattooing. With a unique display designed by Fulbeck to reference the craft’s roots in ukiyo-e and other Japanese art forms, the exhibition showcases both the splendor and the intricacy of modern
tattooing. Curated by master tattoo artist and author Takahiro Kitamura, the exhibition presents the work of seven internationally-acclaimed Japanese-style tattoo artists: Horishiki (Chris Brand), Horitaka, Horitomo, Junii, Miyazo, Shige, and Yokohama Horiken.

Admission is FREE.
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m.
Closed for Spring Break - March 15 - 22

Meena's Dream
Monday, April 20, 5 p.m.
Potomac Lounge, University Union
presented by the Center for Student Diversity

Solo actress Anu Yadav weaves a tale of nine-year-old Meena who wishes her mother could afford the medicine she needs, and Hindu God Lord Krishna who pleads for Meena's help in his war against the Worry Machine. Meena's Dream creates a fantastical world through storytelling and music, from South Indian classical to indie folk. (70 mins.)

Admission is FREE.

For more information
call the Center for Student Diversity: 410-704-2051.


Past Events

Sunday, February 15, 1 - 3 p.m.
Center for the Arts Asian Arts Gallery

by invitation only for Crane Level members and above

Dr. Greg Kimura, President and CEO of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, will tour the Perseverance exhibition and give insight into Japanese tattoo as an indigenous, full-fledged
art form.

ZERO HOUR'S TOKYO ROSE: History and Theater
Monday, February 9, 1 - 1:50 p.m. | FREE
College of Liberal Arts, LA 4110

Explore the intersections of some of the facts and fictions of the historical “Tokyo Rose” incident through this conversation with artist Miwa Yanagi, writer and director of the play, Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose's Last Tape, and Towson University professor of history Dr. Erik Ropers.  Consider how the experience of a young Japanese American woman, who was forced to serve as a propaganda radio broadcaster in Japan during World War II, has been told both historically and theatrically.

ZERO HOUR: Tokyo Rose's Last Tape
Friday, February 13, 7:30 p.m.
Stephens Hall Theatre

Tickets: $30 regular price, $20 AA&CC members;
$10 TU students with ID.

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, Japan Society will produce the North American tour of Zero Hour: Tokyo Rose's Last Tape, a visually stunning theatrical adaptation of the story of "Tokyo Rose," written, developed and directed by the internationally-known contemporary photography artist Miwa Yanagi.

Zero Hour explores issues of gender, social repression and aging through a mysterious "whodunit," fictional account of several Japanese-American women who were ordered by the Japanese government to work as broadcasters on Japanese propaganda radio in order to demoralize the Allied forces. Allied forces gave these women the generic name, Tokyo Rose, and following Japan’s surrender and the end of WWII, many American journalists attempted to identify the women, but were only able to “find” one.

Yanagi has dedicated herself in recent years to the creation of theatrical projects that incorporate her iconic imagery from her visual artwork. Much of that imagery comes to life in this performance.

Saturday, March 14, 12 - 3 p.m.
Center for the Arts Atrium

Free, drop-in art activities and gallery tours inspired by current exhibitions.

Co-presented with TU Community Art Center.


ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. For information, call 410-704-2807.

Asian Arts & Culture Center
Center for the Arts, Room 2037 (map)
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.;
Saturday 1 - 4 p.m. (during exhibitions)

Phone: 410-704-2807


The traveling version of Perseverance: Japanese Tattoo Tradition in a Modern World is organized by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California, and is supported, in part, by Mariko Gordon and Hugh Cosman. The Asian Arts & Culture Center also appreciates the support of the Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel, The Citizens of Baltimore County, Maryland State Arts Council, Towson University Student Government Association, Ro & Marius P. Johnson Legacy Charitable Fund, Pepsi, Yoshinobu & Kathleen Shiota, Capital Partners Securities, Co., Ltd, McCormick & Co., Inc., Anthony & Bonnie Montcalmo, Bruce MacKenzie, TU College of Fine Arts & Communication – Diversity Committee, Susan & Karl Behm, and Sandra & Dean Esslinger


The North American tour of Zero Hour is produced and organized by Japan Society, New York and supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal year 2014, The Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN Program and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Miwa Yanagi is supported by the Asian Cultural Council for Zero Hour’s North American tour. The re-staging of Zero Hour for the North American tour is supported by Shiseido and the KEN FAMILY, and is made possible with assistance from Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Rissei—Cultural Town Commission, Kyoto University of Art and Design/Kyoto Performing Arts Center and Community Arts Center Platz/Kinosaki International Arts Center.
The Asian Arts & Culture Center also appreciates the support of The Citizens of Baltimore County, Maryland State Arts Council, Towson University Marriott Conference Hotel, Yoshinobu & Kathleen Shiota, Ro & Marius P. Johnson Legacy Charitable Fund, Capital Partners Securities, Co., Ltd., McCormick & Co., Inc., Daisy Jones, TU Division of University Advancement, Anthony & Bonnie Montcalmo, TU Center for Student Diversity – Women’s Resources, Baltimore Kawasaki Sister City Committee, Susan & Carl Behm, Carol & Dan Young, Sandra & Dean Esslinger.




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