Another step forward for Bound in Japan! BIJ is now officially a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. That means that individuals like you can support BIJ by making a contribution through Fractured Atlas.

Securing funding for art has never been easy. It’s especially hard when you’re an individual. And even harder when you’re an individual conducting a project abroad. Like me. Most funders want to know that their money will be spent locally, enriching the communities close to home. That makes sense, but it also means a bigger challenge for Bound in Japan.

There are many resources for non-profits, and there are many resources for individual artists seeking opportunities for professional development. But I’m not a non-profit and Bound in Japan isn’t about me, at least not directly. It’s about a community. BIJ is for all the people like me who love Japan and consider it a home. And it’s for the larger Japanese community that is inclusive of both native and non-native residents.

While I am still applying for those rare grants applicable to Bound in Japan, I’ve come to realize that my biggest support may come from individuals like you–friends, family, people who share similar experiences and interests, and people who believe that art can have a role in social change.

The idea of a community art project supported by grassroots fundraising is really kind of beautiful. I would have never made it this far without the generosity and support of so many friends–and even strangers. I am grateful for the encouragement I have received from everyone, and with your continued support, I know that Bound in Japan will become a reality.

Please consider making a contribution to Bound in Japan. Contributions in behalf of Bound in Japan may be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Thank you for your support and help spread the word!