Erie Art Museum Hosts Workshop on Chado: Japanese Tea Ceremony

Erie, PA, March 30, 2007 --( The Erie Art Museum will host a workshop on Chado: Japanese Tea Ceremony on April 7 beginning at 1 p.m. in the Erie Art Museum Annex, 423 State Street.

The workshop will provide its participants with an opportunity to share a moment in friendship. Chado, the way of tea, is a way to explore the aesthetic system that informs the arts of Japan. As well as discovering Chado, the workshop will also investigate related cultural practices such as calligraphy, Zen meditation, and martial arts.

Jay Hanes, PhD, an Art Education faculty member at Edinboro University will lead the workshop. Hanes has studied Japanese tea ceremony for almost 20 years and has offered numerous lectures, demonstrations, and workshops for all ages. He is also the owner of Great Water Ceramics, which specializes in Raku, a type of Japanese pottery.

The workshop is opened to both teens and adults. The cost is $20 for Museum members, and $25 for non-members. Teachers are awarded Act 48 credit. Deadline to register is Tuesday, April 3, 2007. For more information or to register, contact Kelly Armor at or call (814) 459-5477.

About the Erie Art Museum
The Erie Art Museum anchors downtown Erie’s cultural and economic revitalization, occupying a group of restored mid-19th century commercial buildings, including an outstanding 1839 Greek Revival Bank. It maintains an ambitious program of 15 to 18 changing exhibitions annually, embracing a wide range of subjects, both historical and contemporary and including folk art, contemporary craft, multi-disciplinary installations, community-based work, as well as traditional media.

The Erie Art Museum also holds a collection of over 5,500 objects, which includes significant works in American ceramics, Tibetan painting, Indian bronzes, contemporary baskets, and a variety of other categories.

The Museum offers a wide range of education programs and artists’ services including interdisciplinary and interactive school tours and a wide variety of classes for the community. Performing arts are showcased in the 24-year-old Contemporary Music Series, which represents national and international performers of serious music with an emphasis on composer/performers, and a popular annual two-day Blues & Jazz festival.

The Erie Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members, free on Wednesdays, $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children under 12.

For additional information on the Erie Art Museum, visit online at or call (814) 459-5477.

Erie Art Museum
Tammy Roche