At the heart of Scroll for Japan is Baptism of Concrete Estuary, a 30-foot-long scroll by Jave Yoshimoto. Painted in the Japanese style of ukiyo-e woodblock prints, the scroll depicts the incredible devastation wrought by the earthquake and tsunami and the human tragedy and heroism of the time. Mr. Yoshimoto did much of the work on the scroll during several months of residency at the Art Students League’s Vytlacil Campus Artist-in-Residence program in Sparkill, New York.

The scroll will tour around the US and Japan, starting at the League on May 20, 2012, with a benefit that will benefit the Music & Art Without Borders program of the Japanese non-profit organization, The Recovery Assistance Center of Miyagi (Ganbaro Miyagi). The Art Students League’s Vytlacil Residency International Scholarship Program will also benefit. 

The Art Students League of New York is a 501c3 registered non-profit and will be collecting funds through donations, purchases of tickets to events, and purchases of scrolls. 

80% of funds raised will be transferred directly to The Recovery Assistance Center of Miyagi for the purpose of building arts programs and cultural exchanges for the residents hit hardest by the earthquake and tsunami.

20% of funds raised will remain with the Art Students League and will be allocated to the international residency scholarship program.

*Donors should consult with their accountants regarding the status of donations and purchases with respect to  the amount eligible as a tax deduction. 

Photos take of Japan and it's residents, after the earthquake/tsunami disaster; these served as part of the inspiration for the scroll's scenes.