DAA November Update

DAA Final Exhibition Party

DAA Final Exhibition Party

DAA Cake Decorating Workshop

DAA Cake Decorating Workshop


Through YouMeWe, DAA has earned a coveted spot on GlobalGiving, which is a 501c tax-deductible world-wide fundraising site. This is timely for our program as Giving Tuesday is fast approaching on November 27th. This day of giving--only a 24-hour period --will qualify our program with proportional matching by GlobalGiving ($150,000 USD), along with bonus prizes for top-performing fundraisers.  If looking to donate, maximise your donation through Global Giving’s “match the donation” event on Tuesday, November 27th between: *New York time (ET) Nov 27, 12am - 23:59 *London time (GMT) Nov 27, 5am - Nov 28 4:59am *Tokyo time (JST) Nov 27, 2pm - Nov 28 1:59pm https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/designing-artists-academy/ #GivingTuesday    

WE ARE CONTACTING CAMP VENUES, ARTISTS With DAA 9 months out, our team has already started preparations for next year’s camp. One of our key tasks is to locate a new venue. Our ideal venue is one that is centrally located in Tokyo, has a large gymnasium or open-space area for group activities, as well as 4-5 rooms for the art workshops, 2 music and dance rooms, and an outdoor playground. Please email miho@youmewenpo.org if you have information on a venue. We have also started reaching out to past DAA artists, asking them to consider participating again. Fundraising efforts have also begun as we reach out to potential sponsors, as well as online fundraising campaign on Global Giving set to kick off in November. We are also partnering with the Youth Impact Project of Hands on Tokyo. We will share details of our collaboration on our next update.

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CURRENT DETAILS This year’s theme is Stories of TokyoKids exhibit the heART of their city. The children will share what Tokyo means to them in their own unique narrative. They will see first hand how each of our stories connects us – through tears, anger, laughter, and hope. 

  • We are in touch with 4 children’s homes: Port Kanegaya, Kiyose Kodomono Ie, St. Josephs, and Tokyo Katei Gakko. We will reach out to a couple of more homes after we start fundraising.

  • We are looking at a venue space in Ikebukuro called “Miraikan Taimei,” which is a former school building.

  • We have commenced fundraising through Global Giving.

  • We have applied for a grant through Nippon Foundation.

  • The camp will be for 8 days in August 2019. Exact dates TBD. 9:00-3pm daily depending on further confirmation from the children’s homes.

  • 30-40 children will participate, ranging in ages of approximately 8-18.

  • The children will be organised by age in groups no larger than 10, with group mentors assigned.

  • Each morning will include focused art workshops, followed by afternoon sessions that kids will have a chance to choose from (examples: mural painting, taiko drum, bon dancing, bamboo stick jumping, yoga, other sports, smaller craft activities).

  • At the conclusion of the camp, there will be a special exhibition party to celebrate the children’s artwork and the completion of the camp.

Please stay tuned for more details to come!