AIT Celebrates Arts, Culture and Sports Month in July

AIT Celebrates Arts, Culture and Sports Month in July
July 1, 2019


AIT Celebrates Arts, Culture and Sports Month in July

As part of our yearlong campaign celebrating forty years of U.S.-Taiwan friendship and cooperation, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is pleased to name July as AIT@40 Arts, Culture and Sports Month.  Each month of 2019 features a unique theme, highlighting the increasingly multifaceted nature of U.S.-Taiwan relations today.

In honor of AIT@40 Arts, Culture and Sports Month, AIT is pleased to announce a series of events that underscore the strong people-to-people ties that unite the United States and Taiwan.

The Taipei American Corner at the Taipei City Main Library will host two special American Film Showcase documentary film screenings on July 11 (Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan) and July 19 (Chasing Train: The John Coltrane Documentary) from 6:30PM to 8:30PM.  Each screening will feature a special guest host.

From July 17 to 22, AIT will host two U.S. Women’s Basketball Sports Envoys for a series of clinics, workshops, and discussions on basketball, leadership, and women’s empowerment.  The U.S. Sports Envoys will be special guests at the 2019 Buddhist Light International Association Invitation University Basketball Tournament at the Kaohsiung Arena.  During July, AIT will also partner with the Boyo Social Welfare Foundation and CHOXUE Founder Cheng Ho for a day-long sports camp for youth from remote areas.

AIT is also pleased to announce a new Arts Envoy program with the Carnegie Hall Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYO Jazz) from July 29- August 2.  NYO Jazz features the brightest young jazz musicians (ages 16-19) from across the United States.  These young Americans will visit Taiwan as cultural ambassadors and will share jazz, a uniquely American musical genre, with audiences in Taiwan through workshops, masterclasses, and performances.

On June 28, AIT Director Brent Christensen hosted an AIT@40 Arts, Culture and Sports Month launch reception featuring musical performances from participants in the AIT@40 Youth Leadership Exchange Program “Fostering Youth Leadership through Music and Social Action” from Hsin Chu Senior High School, Kaohsiung Senior High School, Taichung Second Senior High School, and Wuling Senior High School.  This group returned from a 3-week exchange program in Cleveland in May.