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An art program for elementary school students began on Tuesday, September 07, 2015 at the Continuing Education (CE) Training Room of Palau Community College (PCC). Students from Koror Elementary School and George B. Harris Elementary School participated in the art program that was instructed by renowned artist Noe Tanigawa. She was assisted by local Palauan Artist Sam Adelbai.
Ms. Tanigawa, who is from the island of Oahu in Hawaii, integrates elements of the Pacific islands and the ocean in many of her artwork. She works primarily with encaustic (wax) & gold leaf or in wax & oil on lutrador. Her art has been featured in corporate & private collections in Japan, England, and across the United States of America. Ms. Tanigawa is also a radio journalist who does stories on art & culture in Hawaii for the Hawaii Public Radio.
The art program focused on teaching the students how to use recycled materials, such as pieces of glass or plastic, in art projects. The art program will conclude on Friday, September 11, 2015. While in Palau, Ms. Tanigawa installed one of her artworks in the residence of United States Ambassador to Palau Amy J. Hyatt.
The elementary school art program is a part of the Art In Embassies (AIE) Artist Exchange Program under the United States Department of State. Under the program, American artists are selected to conduct cultural exchanges in local communities around the world. Through workshops, lectures, art projects, and programs the artists establish international ties that promote cultural understanding and connections through common interests.
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