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Japanese Gardens: A Living World Heritage

Date(s): 7/16/2015

7:00 PM

Anderson Japanese Gardens Visitor Center 318 Spring Creek Road, Rockford IL 61107
Anderson Japanese Gardens welcomes Mr. Steve Bloom, CEO of Portland Japanese Garden, for his presentation, “Japanese Gardens: A Living World Heritage” on Thursday, July 16. The discussion starts at 7:00 PM in the Anderson Japanese Gardens Visitor Center.

Portland Japanese Garden has a reputation of being one of the finest Japanese gardens outside of Japan. The Garden is a leading voice for the advancement of Japanese gardens as an art form with a cultural significance to the common heritage of humanity. Mr. Bloom will discuss the past, present and future of Portland Japanese Gardens including the expansion of a Japanese Cultural Center and International Institute which will be the first of its kind in the world.

Mr. Bloom’s background and experience lies in dynamic management and stewardship of diverse, complex and exceptional non-profit organizations. He was a 2008-09 Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd. and concurrently served as Visiting Scholar at Tokyo University in Agriculture. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education in 1991 from the State University of New York’s Crane School of Music, and in 2003 was a recipient of a Social Innovation Fellowship to attend the Stanford University Graduate School of Business executive program on non-profit management. He currently serves as a member of the Friends of the US-Japan Council in Washington, D.C., and as the Vice President of the Portland-Sapporo Sister City Association. He is on the Board of the Japan America Society of Oregon, and has served as founding President of the North American Japanese Garden Association Board of Directors.

All lectures are free for Anderson Japanese Garden members and are only $5 for non-members. Reservations are requested and can be made by visiting www.andersongardens.org.
For more information contact Sara at 815.316.3307.

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