Makoto Fujimura – 2012 Keynote speaker!
Charlotte Mason Educational Conference
June 6, 7, 8, and 9, 2012
Last March, I sat in the auditorium in Tribeca at the International Arts Movement 20th Anniversary Conference to hear Makoto Fujimura. Here was a contemporary artist selected by Crossway to illuminate the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible. I was a teacher amongst artists, musicians, actors, and writers. At that conference my mind awoke to living ideas. For example, Makoto talked about language that rehumanizes us. This expression was first seen by Makoto in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and he connected it to cultural renewal. Jane Eyre says:
“It is time someone undertook to rehumanize you,” to Mr. Rochester parting his “thick and long-uncut locks” (Jane Eyre, chapter 37).
“We, today, have a language to celebrate waywardness, but we do not have a cultural language to bring people back home. Our lives have become fragmented with overconsumption in every level of life,” Mako told us, “What we do matters.” What you do as educators, parents, artists, and writers matters. It is not a commodity. Your teaching is not just a job. This is a battle against a pragmatic world. Be Generative. “Be willing to make your life count. And never forget the beauty of the river of your calling.”
Here is the exciting news: Makoto Fujimura will speak on Thursday evening, June 7, 2012 at the ChildlightUSA Charlotte Mason Educational Conference.
An artist I know says you don’t stand in front of a painting, you come under it. This is Picture Study. Do this with Makoto’s paintings and gaze at them. Go see them. My high school students did this recently with The Four Holy Gospel paintings although just in print. My daughter had gazed at them in September and described the process of Nihonga, layering of mineral such as gold, sazurite, malachite and cinnabar mixed with animal hide glue applied to handmade paper. The paintings glitter with rich color and we gathered terms of beauty to describe them. Emma’s voice creates a passion for Beauty as she describes the process. Read Makoto’s writings in Refractions. Listen online to his lectures. Narrate. Relate the ideas to your life. My students answered an exam question: “Tell me about the Five Hundred Year Question.” (Refractions, p.19). Teach your students who this living artist- writer- speaker is. Think upon the living ideas; ideas rooted in the Gospel. Makoto gives the full, glorious adorned Truth in word and deed. This Christmas, Makoto is bringing “The Four Holy Gospel” exhibit to Tokoyo along with a college choir on a tour of northern Japan which was devastated by the Tsunami. (IAM’s Generative: Japan) Be Generative this Christmas. See you in June!
International Arts Movement: http://www.internationalartsmovement.org/
Generative Japan: http://www.internationalartsmovement.org/generativejapan